Why Are My Brake Pads Wearing Unevenly ?

Brake pads can wear unevenly for several reasons. I will be referring to the top of the pad as the area closest to the bridge bolt of the caliper. If top is wearing more than the bottom, the brake pressure … Read More

Why Is My Brake Pedal Pulsating ?

The most common reason is one or more of the rotors is warped. If you also feel it in the steering wheel, the check the front first. More uncommon is that wheel bearings are loose, front tire pressure is too … Read More

When Do I Need To Change My Brake Fluid ?

The brake fluid should be changed every year before the car is run for the season. Use either DOT 4 or DOT 5.1 and do not use silicone brake fluid. While in storage, condensation will accumulate in the system. One … Read More

When Should I Rebuild My Calipers ?

Calipers should be rebuilt when the pistons appear to be sticking, there is leakage, subject to excessive heat such as a fire, the brake fluid is dirty, or it has been several years since the last rebuild. Rebuilds are relatively … Read More

How Long Should My Pads & Rotors Last ?

It depends on vehicle weight, MPH, rotor to tire diameter, pad surface area and compound, number of caliper pistons, piston diameter, brake pressure, stopping distance, and any other assistance such as a chute. I’m not trying to be difficult, there’s … Read More

What Brake Fluid Should I Use ?

We recommend DOT 4 or DOT 5.1 only, and stay away from silicone brake fluid. There are some Hi Temp versions of DOT 5.1 that offer higher protection against boiling the fluid. You must be careful with brake fluid as … Read More

When Do I Need A Residual Pressure Valve ?

In OEM vehicles, they are present in drum brake systems. 10 lbs of line pressure are required to keep the wheel cylinder cups expanded and ready to start moving the brake shoes. They were either located within the master cylinder … Read More

Do I Need a Proportioning Valve ?

Many believe you don’t need one, but your vehicle will never stop as good as it could. All factory cars came with them for a reason. Optimal braking occurs when all four tires want to lock-up at the same time. … Read More

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