How to Perform a Brake Safety Inspection

Below guide will teach you How to Perform a Brake Safety Inspection . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stand Set
  • 1/2 in. Drive Socket Set
  • 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $0.00 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $94.86 parts and labor

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  • Take a small drive to make certain that if brakes are working properly or not. If at any time you feel that vehicles isn’t stopping smoothly or pull to either of the side then your brakes require some sort of attention.
  • Park the vehicle on a level surface to check the level of the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. Make sure that the brake fluid is clear and up to the re quire level, i.e. up to the ‘MAX’ or in between ‘MIN’ or ‘MAX’ marks.
  • The inspection of the brake should be performed for all the four wheels. So loosen the lug nuts of all the wheels.
  • First raise the front of the vehicle with floor jack and secure it on jack stands. Then, raise the rear of the vehicle and secure it also on jack stands.
  • Take lug nuts of all the wheels off and take out the wheels as well.
  • In some vehicles, you need to take away the rear brake drums. Examine the rotors and drums for any signs of damage like scoring, grooves or discoloration. Any of such damage requires replacement.
  • Also, observe the brake linings for any possible damage or contamination. If the linings are damaged or show contamination, replace them.
  • Next, observe the brake calipers for any signs of binding, rust or uneven pad damage. If there is any such damage, replace it.
  • Also, examine the master, cylinder, hoses, lines and wheel cylinders to ensure that there is no leakage in them.
  • It is essential to replace the damaged or worn components immediately as it is crucial for your safety.

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