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SPRING CHECK-UP: HOW ARE YOUR BRAKES?

23 March 2018

As the good weather is approaching, here are a few suggestions on how to check the state of health of your car's braking system.

Milder temperatures, longer days. But also a general vulnerability in regard to external factors. Milder temperatures, longer days. But also a general vulnerability in regard to external factors.
If on one hand spring brings the winter hibernation to an end, on the other it carries a few threats that it's best to prevent with some medical check-ups. In the same way, the combined action of cold, rain and road conditions during the coldest months of the year can accelerate the braking system's decay.
It's best not to get caught off-guard: if once the good weather has arrived switching tires is a must just like the seasonal clothes switching or the spring cleaning, we suggest you seize this opportunity and check your brake discs' and pads' state of health.

Here are “Doctor Brembo's” suggestions on how to recognize and prevent the signs of wear, keeping your car's braking system's up to an optimal safety level. 
 
THE DIAGNOSIS: WHEN TO CHANGE THE BRAKES?
Usually every 15,000/20,000 kilometers a brake check-up should be planned but we suggest you shall have a check-up done as soon as possible when special conditions arise (vibrations, cracking, warning lights turning on). Precisely, due to the importance of prevention, the arrival of the spring is an excellent occasion to also check the braking system's components and to make sure you have your brakes in good shape!
Bear in mind that not only the tire's minimum tread depth must be checked but also the thickness of the discs and pads.
 
DISCS AND PADS: A MATTER OF THICKNESS
A rather frail look isn't usually a sign of being in a great shape.
In the same way, looking after the discs and pads relies on a careful monitoring of their… thickness. The Minimum Thickness (Min TH) is the limit the friction braking surface can reach while still maintaining the safety and the performance of the brake's disc, as recommended by the manufacturer. Also the pads have to be replaced if they don't meet a minimum thickness that can be easily checked by a mechanic or when using an (electrical or acoustic) wear indicator.
An instruction to be remembered: the pads must always be changed when the discs are replaced, as they wear twice as fast as the discs.
 
BEWARE OF THE TEMPERATURE
Too much humidity never does any good. When it is picked up by the hydraulic system's pipes from the surrounding environment, it causes a dangerous decrease of the brake's liquid boiling point. Such liquid is hygroscopic by nature, as it is a kind of sponge for dampness. The deceptive Vapour Lock can be triggered when the braking system overheats: the brake fluid is likely to start boiling, the braking time lengthens and thus the stopping distance. Also in this case it's better to ward it off by checking and replacing the liquid according to the timing recommended by the manufacturer.
 
DEVIATIONS THAT HAVE TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Everything can age, everything can incur in mishaps. The causes that can commonly lead to an unexpected behavior of the brake calipers are connected with a normal decay of the parts or when they break accidentally. Furthermore, driving in harsh weather conditions during the winter months accelerates the decay process, also due to the chemical agents used to clean the roads. Ask your mechanic to accurately check if the calipers are operating properly, for an absolute safe braking. As an alternative to a replacement, Brembo offers a wide range of remanufactured calipers, which enjoy the same technical standards of the initial braking system.
 
REMEDIES AND SOLUTIONS AFTER THE CHECKUP
Making sure your car has a braking system with a clean bill of health is our daily mission.
To preserve safety, what you can do to help us is to take advantage of occasions such as the turn of the seasons and the tire change in order to keep your car's entire braking system under control.
To reduce the risk of unexpected behaviors, beside the seasonal advice we offer you a set of solutions that slow the wear processes down and increase reliability:
The brake discs painted with the UV technology, for example, have a great resistance to corrosion, to humidity, to high temperatures and to chemical agents. As it doesn't make use of solvents, the ultraviolet painting process assures health safeguarding (in this case the human being's health!) and relevant savings in terms of energy consumption.
The new B-QUIET lubricant, that should be applied on the contact surfaces between the caliper and the pad, has been devised to significantly improve the braking comfort and to assure the part's greatest protection against corrosion.
And upon this, the Brembo brake fluids provide a boiling point which is higher than the required standards, thus ensuring a superior resistance to Vapour Lock as well as an efficient braking in any condition.