Tight brake fittings makes for an effective and efficient braking system in a car. When tightening your brake fittings, it is vital to inspect all the part that make up the system. Remove grease, dirt and debris as these will spoil car components. Make sure that brake pads do not come into contact with grease and oil.
SECURE THE CAR
Ensure that the car is well supported. It is advisable to chock the wheels as a safety precaution also. Use a pair of pliers to loosen the bolts and nuts on the wheel. Gently raise the bonnet, find the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and loosen it. Use a jack to raise the car to a suitable level, use axle stands for extra support. Remove the road wheel.
CHECK THE WHEEL
Ensure that the wheel is well balanced. Check that there is no lateral run out. The Rim and the lateral should run well. Use a pair of pliers to tighten to the recommended torque. Use an even clockwise motion during tightening.
Inspect the calipers and ensure they are free from damages or wear and tear. If it is necessary, change them with new ones to improve the effectiveness of the braking system. Take a look at the piston, it should move without obstruction. Check the guide elements such as bushing, bolts and channels; use a pipe wrench or a pair of pliers to tighten the bolts.
Find the brake pads. Ensure they are in good condition and change them with new ones if they are old, damage or worn out.
Check the brake discs. If there is grease, dirt or debris, use a wet soapy rag to clean them. Look for damages on brake discs, if it is necessary, replace them with new ones.
Use balancing clamps disc brakes, position them centrally and use even clockwise movements to tighten them. Do not over tighten them; it is vital to use the specific torque recommended by manufacturers.
Inspect the condition of steering bushes or silent blocks and look out for damage, wear or tear. If they seem too soft or damaged, change them with new ones. Look at the shock absorber and spring strut. Clean them or change them if necessary.
CHECK WHEEL BEARINGS AND STEERING TRANSMISSION PARTS
The wheel bearings must also be in a good working order. Check for wear and tear and change them if it is necessary. Take a look at the steering gear for wear as well. Make sure that the steering, steering damper, and suspension joints are in proper working order.
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