Brakes are by far the most significant safety device on your car. By inspecting your brakes for wear and tear at least twice annually, you can make sure that your passengers (and yourself) are safe in your car. For fleet managers, ensuring the safety of their drivers, as well as their vehicles, is the top priority in all operations, so it is vital to put the time and effort into doing accurate checks.
It will also save you a lot of money if you spot potential issues earlier on, rather than dealing with it after they have gone through considerable damage.
In a lot of cars, it is possible to inspect the brakes without having to detach the wheel. If your car has alloy wheels with enough space in the middle, it will be possible for you to conduct an initial assessment by simply peering through the gap.
Regardless of whether or not you have to take your wheel out, always ensure that you have clear a sight of your brake pads and the big disc.
A simple inspection of your brakes can convey if there are any significant issues to deal with regarding your brakes. If you detect potential issues, it is absolutely necessary that you conduct a more comprehensive inspection of your vehicle’s brakes, preferably with the help of an experienced professional.
The guide Parma Group have put together below should provide you with a good, general understanding of brake’s and how to assess your brake’s current health.
Inspecting the brake discs
Let’s begin with your brake discs. It should appear uniform and it should also be shiny from the inside to the outer edge. If you observe very slight lines on your disc, don’t panic, that’s just normal wear and tear.
Do you see any pronounced grooves or rough spots in your brake disk? If yes, you should look to replace the brake disks immediately. You can check for rough spots or deep grooves along the surface of the disc by using your finger – make sure your brakes are cool.
So that you don’t compromise your vehicle’s safety and driveability, make sure that you replace brake discs in pairs.
Are your brake pads bad or worn out?
Now let’s inspect your brake pads. You will need to look up to see your brake discs. But if you trace the surface of your brake disk right to the top, you will notice that the outside pad is touching the brake disk. It is time to get new brake pads if there is 1/8″ (or less) remaining on them. On a more positive note, it does not cost a lot to replace your brake pads.
A quick inspection of the brake lines
Now, it is time to check your brake lines. Your brake lines should appear supple and soft. If they look rigid or cracked, you will need to get them replaced instantly. It is important to check the metal lines, as they tend to get corroded, especially in snowy locations.
By conducting regular inspections of each of your vehicle’s integral systems, such as the wheels and brakes, you can not only prevent potential mishaps but also end up saving a lot of money.
If irregular maintenance leads to your vehicle breaking down, it’s going to have a significant impact on your wallet.
For more information on how to improve the safety of your vehicle, get in contact with the team at Parma today.