Cleaning The Key to Good Brake Job

22. June, 2012

Car Car Tips

If the “devil is in the details,” then cleanliness really is next to Godliness when it comes to a good brake job. What I mean is that if your mechanic isn’t doing a thorough cleaning when he’s doing a brake job, your brakes aren’t going to last as long, and are more likely to start making those strange sounds that no one likes.

At Grease Pro, we take the devil out of the details, and make sure you get your moneys worth out of your brakes. If you’re doing your own brake job, follow our lead and remember these tips:

1) Even new rotors need to be washed. Whether it’s just been machined, or is straight out of the box, there may still be metal particles sticking to the surface of your rotors. Give them a wash with soap and warm water, using a stiff brush to remove any of those stray particles from the rotor. If you don’t, you’ll have premature wearing, and brake noise.

2) When you’re replacing your break pads, you’ll still want to disassemble your calipers, and use a round wire brush and cleaner to strip away the old lubricant and any corrosion that may be present. Take special care with aluminum components – you want to take away the corrosion, but not any of the metal.

3) Clean rust from hub assemblies using a polishing pad for the hub face, and an over-the-stud hub cleaner for the studs. If you don’t, you’ll likely notice pulsation from your breaks before you get too far down the road.

4) Don’t forget to clean rust or debris from your mounting pads. That’s another common cause of rotor distortion or pulsation.

5) All pad abutments should be clean and smooth. If the pad abutment is notched or damaged, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise you’ll end up with excessive pad movement, and the driver will notice vibration coming from the breaks.