Remind your customers of the importance of regular brake inspections. Most drivers will only have their brakes inspected when they run into a problem; hence many rotors, pads and other components are kept beyond their proper and safe use ‐ by dates.
Regular inspection provides greater safety for motorists, greater replacement trade for workshops, and the real opportunity for you to up ‐ sell to higher quality com ponents.
Here’s a quick review of some of the more common brake problems:
LOW BRAKE FLUID Usually indicates a leak in the brake system which poses a serious safety hazard. The calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hoses, brake lines, and master cylinder all need to be inspected. If a leak is found, the defective component must be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle should not be driven until the repairs can be made because a leak may lead to brake failure.
LOW BRAKE PEDAL Can result if shoe adjusters on drum brakes stick and fail to compensate for normal lining wear. Adjusting them may restore a full pedal, but unless the adjusters are cleaned or replaced the problem will return as the linings wear. Other causes include worn brake linings or a fluid leak.
SPONGY OR SOFT PEDAL Means there’s air in the brake system either as a result of improper bleeding, fluid loss or a very low fluid level. The cure is to bleed the brakes using the sequence recommended for the specific vehicle. Another possible cause is a rubber brake hose that is “ballooning” when the brakes are applied.