Inspect Your Brakes In Three Steps

August 31, 2020 5:17 pm Published by

One of the most important components on any vehicle is your brakes. Although there are a wide variety of styles and strengths of brakes, all vehicle brakes utilize the same basic functions. When you step on your brake pedal, brake fluid is pushed to all of the wheels on your vehicle that have brakes. This fluid then compresses the brake pad onto the caliper and the friction caused by the two of these materials rubbing together is enough to bring your car to a quick and easy stop. High-performance vehicles and towing vehicles will require more braking power than your average sedan, and so will have bigger pads, bigger calipers, and designs that are more specialized. That isn’t to say that you can’t easily check your brakes if you own one of these vehicles, but you will have to be more aware of your vehicle’s components. If you want to learn more about how you can fix, repair, or replace your brakes yourself, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our elite team of DIY mechanics will help you find the perfect parts for your vehicle for a price that you will love. Here are three tips for inspecting your brakes.

Listen When You Drive

If you hear any screeching, grinding, or any other strange noises when you are using the brakes, you need to stop and inspect your brakes as soon as possible. This could be a sign that your brake pads are damaged, that something has gotten between your pad and your caliper, or even that your caliper is warped.

Visual Inspection

The main component of your brakes that will be worn down over time is your brake pad. These brake pads are made of out a grippy substance that will wear down over time as the heat from your brakes and the friction causes it to break down. The easiest way to check your brake pads is by visually inspecting them to see if your pads still have friction material. Behind the friction material is a substance called the pad backing. This backing is usually made of metal and can do some serious damage to your brake calipers if you continue driving on them. The metal on metal friction will create much more heat, will cause your braking power to be greatly reduced, and can cause serious damage and warping to your brake calipers. With your wheel still attached, you can easily check to see how much friction material your brake pads still have on the front side of the pads. New pads will have about 2 millimeters of material, so if you notice substantially less, it’s probably time to change your pads.

Remove Your Wheel

If you have already done a basic visual inspection and want to go the extra mile, you can remove your wheel and break down your brake system to see exactly how your brake pads are holding up. This can be a bit more of a time and labor-intensive project, so make sure that you make enough time to get your vehicle back in working condition.

If you want to learn more about how you can handle your brakes and many more DIY projects, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find the perfect parts for your vehicle and have you leave feeling ready to tackle any project.


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling