3 Things You Can Do to Prevent Brake Problems

by Ernest Perez

Do you want to reduce how much money you spend on car repairs? Read on and discover three things that you can do to prevent the most common brake problems experienced by car owners.


Many cars now use disc brakes. Disc brakes contain circular metals that are placed inside the wheels of your car. That disc is connected to a calliper that holds a brake pad on each side of the brake disc. When you step the brake pedal, a piston causes the pads to push against the disc in the wheel. Friction is created and the car slows down. Brake problems can develop if these moving parts are unable to move back and forth based on when you step on the brake pedal. For instance, dust can slow down the movement of the callipers. This can cause the brakes to squeal when you step the pedal. A simple way to ensure that all the moving parts of your brake system are working perfectly is to lubricate them regularly, such as thrice a year. Visit a mechanic and ask for directions on how to apply a suitable lubricant so that brake components move freely.

Clog Prevention

Brakes can remain stuck if mud coats the callipers. This problem usually develops after you have driven through muddy water. The mud dries on the callipers and reduces the distance between those callipers and the brake pads. This prevents the wheels from moving freely when you accelerate. The brake pads can also wear out quickly due to the overheating caused by their constant engagement. You can prevent this problem by using a simple trick. After driving through muddy water, step on the brake pad intermittently so that the calipers push against the brake pads several times. This will dislodge any mud on the calipers before that mud dries.

Prevention of Fluid Contamination

Your car brakes can become less effective or fail if the brake fluid is contaminated by water or particulates, such as dust. Those contaminants can get into the brake fluid master cylinder when you to open it to top up the fluid. Avoid removing the lid of the master cylinder if you are in a dusty environment. You should also never open that master cylinder if it is raining or drizzling. Any water that gets into the brake fluid can freeze and expand when there is a drop in temperature. This can cause brake fluid lines to burst.

Implement the preventive measures above so that you reduce the likelihood that your brakes will fail. You can also contact brake repair technicians for extra tips that will help you to reduce how much you spend on brake repairs.