Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Signs of Wear & Troubleshooting
- Brake Drum signs of wear include:
- Reduced braking force.
- Low brake pedal height.
- Increased stopping distances.
- Squealing or scraping noises.
- Brake pedal pulsation (not to be confused with normal ABS operation).
Good Maintenance Practices
- The following inspections and maintenance procedures can help prevent potential brake problems:
- Check brake fluid level at every oil change. Replace fluid according to owner's manual recommendations.
- Calipers and wheel cylinders should be checked every brake inspection and serviced or replaced as required.
- Inspect the brake lines for rust, punctures, or visible leaks (You may be able to do this, but consult a qualified technician if necessary).
- The following should be conducted by a qualified technician:
- Inspection of the brake hoses for brittleness or cracking.
- Inspection of brake lining and pads for wear or contamination by brake fluid or grease.
- Inspection of wheel bearings and grease seals.
- Parking brake adjustments (as needed).