The braking system applies frictional force to the wheels to slow or stop the vehicle. The braking system is composed of the brake calipers, pads, drums, parking brake cable, master cylinder, shoes, hoses, wheel cylinder, and rotors. The braking system can exert as much as 1,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure on each of the four brakes. When you step on your brake pedal, you command a stopping force 10 times as powerful as the force that puts your car into motion.
Maintenance tips for conventional brakes include checking your brake fluid level and all hardware components every 12,000 miles/12 months or sooner if extensive driving or towing. You should change brake fluid every 30,000 miles or according to your owners’ manual. Aside from the hardware, brake hoses should be inspected for brittleness or cracking. Brake linings should be checked for contamination by the brake fluid or grease. A qualified technician should also inspect the wheel bearings and grease seals for wear and adjust the parking brake if needed.
The benefits of maintaining your brake system include extended wear and less noise provided by damping insulators for “guaranteed quiet” braking. Plus, it extends the life of your suspension components. Custom prefers to install only the best quality brake pads that carry a lifetime warranty. Maintaining your brakes also ensure safe and reliable stopping performance.