Complete Brake Service Guide

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What makes up a complete brake service?

How very well do you know about the brake system? The brake system is a mechanical, electronic or hydraulic component which makes use of heat or friction force to inhibit motion. It acts to slow down or stop a moving vehicle. Because brake pads make use of friction to inhibit motion, you should know they are prone to wear or tear. Here, we will also check out how often you should have your Subaru’s brakes checked.

What factors affect the brake linings?

  • The frequency of the brake use
  • The power exerted or the amount of force applied to it
  • The temperature of the brake linings
  • The wearing properties of the friction material itself
  • The size of the vehicle

Typically, heavier and larger vehicles like the trucks and SUVs wear out their brakes much faster than the smaller vehicles. Also, reckless drivers and the pick- and- stop drivers get their brake linings worn out faster than the straightforward highway drivers.

What does break service include?

A complete brake service should totally restore the brake system of your automobile and increase its performance to as nearly as that of a new one. Anything short of this, is not a complete brake service. The brakes are important safety components of a car. Therefore, a total brake job should be able to cover every aspect of the brake system.

  • An A –Z inspection of the entire brake system. This has to do with the brake lining, the drums, rotors, calipers and wheel cylinders, hoses and master cylinder.
  • If leaks or problems are discovered, the brake hoses or the master cylinder could be replaced. One way to detect problem with the master cylinder is the brake pedals gradually goes downwards to the floor. While replacing the hose, ensure that the hose you are replacing it with having the same end- fittings. Don’t mix up the end- fittings.
  • In line with the restoration of the brake system, the rotors and the drums should be inspected for wearing, cracks and any other associated damage. Their surfaces should be replaced before the installation of new brake lining. There should be a total replacement of shoe retaining clips and also the return springs and the self- adjusters. The self- adjusters can also be lubricated using grease.
  • Leaking steel lines are the ones that are corroded or damaged has to be totally replaced. You should use only the recommended steel tubing (either with ISO flare ends or double- flared).
  • A leaking, frozen, damaged or corroded caliper should be replaced. The same applies to the wheel cylinder. Both need to be replaced or rebuilt.
  • Wheel bearings also constitute part of the complete brake system service and need to be inspected, cleaned, greased and adjusted. Tapered roller bearings do not require preloading while ball wheel bearings do.
  • Finally, brake fluids that have been in use for a long time should be replaced with new ones.

How often should you have your Subaru’s brakes checked?

Since the modern day vehicle utilizes its brake system for other important purposes such as stability control and traction, it is of need that you have your Subaru brakes checked now and then. Generally, brake linings can last within 10,000 to 50,000 miles radius (this is dependent on the driver’s style). However, Subaru’s brake system specifically require that their brake linings and pads should be replaced after about 30,000 miles. This as well depends on the driver’s style.

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