A sitting vehicle plus fluctuating winter driving conditions can impact how well your vehicle’s braking system functions. Inspect and maintain the braking system when the vehicle isn’t being driven much.
Today’s vehicles face two threats this winter — vehicles have been parked for months leading to degraded brake elements, and winter driving conditions with brined streets can cause corrosion in the brake system. But by doing the brake system inspection and replacement themselves, drivers can save thousands of dollars.
Now is a great time to inspect the various parts of the braking system, before the vehicle’s usage increases.
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Inspecting Brake Calipers
A car’s calipers are more durable than the brake pads, but they do not last forever. They need periodic servicing. The best time to give them a thorough inspection is when servicing the brake pads.
After removing the hubcap but before replacing the brake pads, detach the calipers and inspect them for wear and tear. Calipers are subject to a great deal of corrosion, and rust often builds up on the surface. To prevent the piston from sticking and causing difficulties with braking, clean off any rust with steel wool before it penetrates to deeper layers of the brake assembly.
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The piston seals on the calipers are made of rubber and are particularly vulnerable to corrosion. Over time, the rubber hardens and can flake or develop holes. This can cause a brake fluid leak. If the piston seals are leaky or corroded, replace the entire caliper assembly as soon as possible.
Checking Brake Rotors
It’s important to inspect the rotors when servicing the brake assembly. If the rotors are unable to distribute heat evenly, they’ll develop spotting and ringing around thermal hotspots. If the calipers have been wearing on them improperly, uneven braking pressure can cause “dishing,” where the rotor becomes concave on one side. As with other metal parts in the brake assembly, rotors are subject to corrosion.
After opening the assembly, thoroughly inspect the rotors for signs of any problems. If they’re damaged or worn down, detach the rotor from the wheel studs. If there’s extensive rust buildup, give it a whack with a hammer to loosen it. Then swap in a new rotor and replace the assembly.
High-performance Goodyear Brakes rotors use the most advanced machining technology to build maximum performance, durability, and safety into every rotor. Every rotor is CNC-machined to exact specifications to ensure efficient braking and quiet smooth operation and is 100 percent balance tested to eliminate vibration and enhance product life. Every rotor receives Goodyear Brake’s proprietary Antiox Max™ coating for maximum rust and corrosion protection, a critical protection needed for driving in inclement weather and brine-treated streets.
Winter driving conditions and brined streets mean that brakes are especially susceptible to wear and tear. Now is an excellent time to give the brake assembly a thorough inspection.
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