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Performance brake maintenance: care and prevention for optimum performance
Sports brakes are critical components in a high-performance vehicle. Their ability to stop the vehicle quickly and safely is vital both on the road and on the racetrack. To ensure optimum performance and driver safety, regular maintenance of sports brakes is essential.
Today, in this SDT Brakes article we will explain the importance of care and prevention in sports brake maintenance. We will discuss key topics such as visual inspection, pad and disc replacement, brake system bleeding and other essential aspects of keeping your brakes in top condition. Join us on this tour of sports brake maintenance to ensure optimum performance and safety on the road!
Regular visual inspection
A regular visual inspection is the first step in keeping your sports brakes in good condition. Performing this inspection will allow you to identify potential problems before they develop into more serious situations. Here are some key things to consider during the visual inspection:
Pad wear: Note the thickness of the brake pads. If they are too thin, they need to be replaced. Also, check for uneven wear or cracking, which may indicate an alignment problem or pad defect.
Disc condition: Visually inspect the brake discs. Look for signs of excessive wear, deep scratches, cracks or deformation. These problems can affect braking performance and should be addressed immediately.
Component checks: Make sure all brake system parts are in good condition. This includes springs, calipers, guides and hoses. Any damage or excessive wear should be corrected or terminated.
Pad and disc replacement
Regular replacement of brake pads and discs is essential to maintain excellent performance of sports brakes. Wear of these components is inevitable due to the friction generated during braking. Here are some guidelines to follow when changing pads and discs:
Change interval : Follow the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer or sports brake manufacturer to determine the pad and disc change interval. This may vary depending on the type of driving, weather conditions and other factors.
Material selection : When choosing replacement pads and discs, consider your driving needs and personal preferences. Different materials are available, such as ceramic, metallic or semi-metallic pads, which offer specific characteristics and performance. Consult with experts or manufacturers to select the most suitable for your vehicle and driving style.
Replacement procedure: If you are inexperienced in replacing brake pads and discs, it is advisable to seek the help of a qualified mechanic. Incorrect replacement can compromise the safety and performance of the brake system. However, if you have the proper knowledge and tools, you can change the brake pads and discs according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Brake system bleeding
Bleeding the brake system is another crucial aspect of sports brake maintenance. This process consists of removing trapped air from the brake hydraulics, ensuring optimum response and performance. The following are the basic steps for bleeding the brake system:
Tools needed: To bleed the brakes, you will need a helper, a socket spanner, a container to catch the brake fluid and some fresh brake fluid.
Bleeding process: Start at the brake furthest from the brake fluid reservoir and work your way to the one closest to it. With the assistant depressing the brake pedal, slowly loosen the brake bleeder until fluid comes out. Close the bleeder and repeat the process several times until there are no air bubbles in the fluid expelled.
Brake fluid level check: Be sure to maintain the proper brake fluid level in the reservoir throughout the bleeding process. Add fresh fluid as necessary to prevent air from being reintroduced into the system.
Other key aspects of maintenance
In addition to visual inspection, pad and disc replacement, and brake system bleeding, there are other key aspects to consider for complete sports brake maintenance:
Brake fluid: Brake fluid should be periodically waterproofed, following the manufacturer's recommendations. Brake fluid tends to absorb moisture over time, which can negatively affect the performance of the braking system. Replacing the fluid ensures good performance and protects against internal corrosion.
Hardware components: Periodically inspect and lubricate hardware components such as springs, guides and brake caliper bolts. This helps prevent corrosion and ensures smooth and proper movement of moving parts.
Proper driving and use: Proper driving and use are also critical to the maintenance of sport brakes. Avoid harsh and prolonged braking, as this can lead to excessive heating and premature brake wear. Also, avoid overloading the vehicle, as excess weight can put additional strain on the brake system.
Regular maintenance of sports brakes is crucial to ensure optimum performance and safety on the road. Visual inspection, changing pads and discs, bleeding the brake system and other key aspects of maintenance are essential to keep your brakes in perfect condition. Remember to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and, if in doubt, seek the help of a qualified mechanic. With good care and prevention, you can enjoy optimum performance from your sports brakes and have the peace of mind of safe driving in any situation - contact us and we'll advise you on everything you need!