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Chevrolet Tahoe Brake Disc

A Car Owner’s Guide to Maintaining the Chevrolet Tahoe Brake Disc

The Chevrolet Tahoe brake disc produces heat and friction along with the pads to slow down the wheels, so it is a must that you maintain these key brake parts at regular intervals. And while maintenance checkups are mainly relegated to a licensed mechanic, there are some things that you can do as a Chevrolet Tahoe owner to keep wear in your truck's brake discs in check. The following are some handy tips that you can do to help maintain the Chevrolet Tahoe brake disc in good condition:

  • Keep oil away from the discs.

While oil and grease are good for the various mechanical parts of your truck, the opposite is the case for brake discs. Oil-based contamination on the disc surface can prevent the brake pads from engaging properly, resulting in poor brake performance or even complete brake failure. If the disc brakes have been contaminated with oil or lubricant, spray the disc surface with a liberal amount of brake cleaner and let it dry. However, if contamination happens more than once in a short period of time, it might indicate an oil leak near the disc brake.

  • Avoid braking too hard.

Are you the type who “rides the brakes” or easily panics when braking? Your brakes might end up paying for it. Frequent hard stops can cause the disc brakes to overheat, resulting in a variety of problems including a pulsating brakes, warped brake discs, and crystallized brake pads.

  • Change the brake fluid regularly.

Ideally, the brake's hydraulic fluid should be replaced once every 48,000 miles or every four years, whichever comes first. This is because while brake fluid runs at a sealed loop, it tends to absorb moisture from the air that lowers its boiling point. Also, corroded brake calipers and other components can also contaminate the brake fluid with rust, resulting in deposits that could leave dangerous clogs in your truck's brakes.

  • Repair discs by resurfacing them.

If your truck's brake discs start to show signs of cracks, warping, and other signs of wear, ask your mechanic is it can still be resurfaced. “Resurfacing” is a process wherein the damaged upper layer of the disc is shaved off with the lathe. This process is ideal for brake discs with superficial damage, but is not suitable if the disc has already been resurfaced or is severely damaged.

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  • Helpful Tips in Installing a New Chevrolet Tahoe Brake Disc

    Replacing the brake disc of the Chevrolet Tahoe is a task we would not wish on anyone: it's messy, expensive, and takes a considerable amount of time to accomplish. But if you want your Chevy to have a working set of brakes, you have to prepare yourself for this unavoidable task. The brake disc is the heart of the modern disc brake and without it, the brakes will not function at all. If you are planning to replace a Chevrolet Tahoe brake disc, here are some tips that can help you out:

    Tip #1: Start with one side first.

    Rather than remove all of the wheels and brake parts of your truck at the same time, it's best to focus on just one wheel instead. Aside from cutting down on clutter, you'll be able to backtrack more easily if installation goes wrong. Also, since you'll be doing one side, you can turn the steering wheel all the way to the side to provide better access to the disc brake assembly.

    Tip #2: Clean and prep the brakes.

    Although you may already be excited to mount that new brake disc into place, it's important that the wheel hub and the surrounding areas are cleaned up first. Any dirt or debris between the brake disc and the wheel hub may prevent the disc from mounting properly, resulting in a wobbly braking feel or even causing the disc to pop out.

    To clean the wheel hub, spray it a liberal amount of brake cleaner and scrub the area with a wire brush. We also recommend spraying the brake disc with cleaner as well to remove grease or machining residue. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area to prevent accidental inhalation of fumes from the brake cleaner.

    Tip #3: Make sure to secure the brake lines properly.

    The brake hose will start to leak hydraulic fluid once the disc has been removed, so make sure to place an oil pan under it to catch any drips. Also, if you are going to retain the brake caliper, secure the hose onto the frame with string or plastic ties. Letting the caliper hang by the hose may cause it to tear and become a source of leaks later on.