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.