Orange County Brake Maintenance and You

Every car needs to have an effective braking system. Orange County car brake systems are designed with your safety in mind; however, with age, car brakes wear down. In order to ensure your personal safety and the safety of other drivers on the road, it is essential to make sure that the brakes in your car are in optimum condition.

Orange County Brake Repair

How often do I need to inspect the brakes in my car?

The answer to that question depends upon a number of factors. Your personal driving style is the most important one. Some people cruise slowly to a stop at a red light, others screech to a halt at the last minute. The kind of terrain that you usually drive on also matters. Driving on hills will wear down your Huntington Beach brakes a lot quicker than driving on flat terrain. Other factors are: the kind of braking system installed on your car and the traffic density that you usually drive in. Fountain Valley Brake systems of cars driven in cities wear out much faster than cars which are usually driven on highways. Taking all the factors listed above into account; it is prudent to have your car’s brake system checked thoroughly after every 10,000 miles or once a year.

How do I carry out an inspection of my car’s Buena Park brake system?

The best way to begin your Newport Beach brake system inspection is to take the car for a drive. If the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor then there might be a leak in the master brake fluid reservoir. If the brake pedal vibrates or pulsates, it might mean that brake pads, rotors, drums or brake shoes in your car need to be replaced.

Once you are back from your test drive, it is time to check the level of fluid in the master brake cylinder reservoir under the hood. Make sure that the brake fluid is clear and has a uniform color. If the color of the brake fluid is dark, then it is time to replace it. Carefully, top off the reservoir with Newport Beach brake fluid if necessary. The brake fluid in the reservoir has to be kept free of dust and other impurities. If you frequently find yourself adding more then 2oz of fluid to the reservoir, then the brake system might have sprung a leak.

After inspecting the master brake cylinder, it is time to look underneath the car and inspect the metal brake lines. Make sure that they are not leaking or damaged. Rubber hoses that deliver the brake fluid to the Sunset Beach brake calipers also need to be checked thoroughly. Make sure that the rubber hoses are not damaged or ruptured in any way. They may get damaged if they are very close to heat producing mechanical parts.

Next, you need to check the brake assembly near each wheel. Follow one of the following set of steps to continue with your inspection. Remember to wear a face mask when working with the brake systems as brake dust is very injurious to health.

How do I carry out an inspection of a drum brake system?

Drum brake systems have the following major parts which need to be checked for wear and tear.
1. The wheel cylinder.
2. The brake drum.
3. The brake shoe.

Inspect the wheel cylinder for signs of brake fluid leakage. A defective wheel cylinder will have brake fluid leaks from its sides.
Remove the brake drum and check its insides for signs of damage. Remove any brake dust using a brake cleaner. If the brake shoe and brake drum are excessively worn out, then replace both the parts at once.

How do I carry out an inspection of a disc brake system?

If your car has a disc brake system, you need to check the following parts for wear and tear:
1. Brake Pads.
2. Calipers
3. Rotors.

Begin by inspecting the condition of the brake pads. Clean the brake pads and make sure there is no dirt on the surface of the pad. If the brake pads are excessively worn out, they might need to be replaced.

Check the condition of the calipers. Make sure that the piston inside the caliper is working properly.

Next, take a look at the rotor. If the rotor has scratches on its surface, it means that there is a lot of dust between the brake pad and the rotor. Clean it out with a brake cleaner if necessary. You might have to replace or resurface the rotors if they have deep scratches on the surface.

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