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Chevrolet TrailBlazer Brake Disc and Pad Kit

No-sweat Tips to Preserve Your Chevrolet TrailBlazer Brake Disc and Pad Kit

Being a fundamental safety component, your Chevrolet TrailBlazer brake disc and pad kit needs to be in good shape at all times. Your vehicle's brakes use friction to change kinetic energy into heat. This makes the brakes wear out faster compared to other parts of your car. To prevent premature wear and frequent disc replacement, you need to take care of your brake disc by performing the necessary steps to keep it functional.

  • Remove dirt and debris regularly.

Cleaning the brakes should be done regularly to prevent massive dust and grime from accumulating on the components. Keep in mind that it's easier to get rid of newly-formed dirt than to eliminate debris that's already stuck on the brakes for a long time.

Use the proper cleaning solution and equipment for the brake disc. Not all brake cleaners work well with brake discs, so choose one that's safe to use on car parts made of cast iron. If you're not sure which cleaner to get, ask an expert mechanic for recommendations. Clear dirt and grime from the brake disc every month, depending on how often you take your car out for a ride.

  • Forgo heavy items if you don't urgently need them.

It's important to bring only important items in your trunk. This is because the brakes exert much more effort in stopping your car when you load it with huge, heavy items. The combined weight of your vehicle and the large loads make it more difficult for the brakes to halt the car. This, in turn, causes excessive friction that speeds up the brake pads' deterioration. Make sure you only carry items that are urgently needed.

  • Put some copper grease on the brake pads to reduce squeals.

Apply some copper grease on the metal backing of the brake pads to minimize the risk of irritating brake squeals. Take note that brake squeals occur not only due to worn out pads, but also due to the vibration between the pads and the caliper.

Clean the brake pads and caliper first before applying the copper grease. Then, spread a thin layer of copper grease onto the pad backing, as well as on its anti-rattle shims.

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  • How to Identify and Troubleshoot Chevrolet TrailBlazer Brake Disc and Pad Kit Problems

    The brake disc and brake pads rely on heat and friction to slow down your Chevrolet TrailBlazer to a stop, so it's not a surprise that it is among the parts that frequently cause hiccups. And these problems of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer brake disc come in many shapes and forms, which is why as a car owner it is important to know these signs in order to address and fix the problem accordingly. In this guide, we have jotted down some troubleshooting tips for the most common problems related to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer brake disc and pad kit.

    Brake pedal is moving up and down by itself.

    Is the brake pedal beginning to have a life of its own? Chances are that the brake disc has overheated. Sudden frequent braking can cause the brake discs to rapidly heat up, which in turn leads to the disc's side-to-side movement to increase and thus push the pedals up and down. Once this occurs, let the brakes cool down and check the disc. Take note that constant excessive heat will cause the disc to warp and need replacement.

    Vehicle is pulling to one side when braking.

    If your Infiniti starts to swerve to the left or to the right whenever you step on the brake, it's likely due to the brake caliper getting stuck on the disc. Check the condition of the caliper particularly that of its pistons. If it appears to be fine, check if there is enough brake fluid in the reservoir. We also recommend bleeding the brakes, as air bubbles trapped inside the brake lines can also cause the pistons of the caliper to get stuck.

    The steering wheel shakes when you brake.

    A shaky steering wheel is caused by the brake disc having a warped or scoured surface, so once this happens have the brake disc surface checked. Minor damage or warping to disc may still be remedied by scraping off the damaged layer with a lathe, but if the damage is serious then replacement is necessary.

    The brakes squeal.

    A squealing brake is another common problem with disc brake, but it may not be as severe as you think. First off, check the brake pads for wear; pads that have worn beyond their recommended use are designed to create a squealing noise to attract attention. Replacing the brake pads often fixes this problem.