Dodge Durango Brake Disc and Pad Kit
Maintaining the Dodge Durango Brake Disc and Pad Kit: Important Pointers to Consider
Many Dodge Durango owners often take the disc brakes on their trucks for granted, but once it breaks down, it can lead to either partial or complete brake failure. The disc brakes, which are made up of the brake disc and the brake pads, are highly susceptible to wear due to the heat and pressure they are regularly exposed to, so maintaining these components is essential for any Durango owner.
Did you buy a new Dodge Durango brake disc and pad kit recently? Here are some tips that can help keep your new parts in top shape for longer:
- Make sure to change the brake fluid regularly.
Hydraulic brake fluid tends to absorb water from the air over time, causing its boiling temperature to drop. This, in turn, causes both the brake fluid and the brake disc to heat up more easily, resulting in a myriad of problems including pulsating brakes and warped discs. Dodge recommends replacing the hydraulic fluid in their vehicles every two months, but if the fluid already shows signs of contamination it must changed as soon as possible.
- Coat all sliding surfaces with brake grease.
While getting any type of lubricant on the brake disc and brake pads is a no-no, it's a must for the sliding surfaces of the pads, pins, and hardware of the disc brake. Lubricating these help minimize noise and heat, prevent corrosion, and ensure that the parts move smoothly.
Ideally, you should reapply a thin coat of high-temperature brake grease. If you get any on the pad or disc, spray it with brake cleaner to remove any traces from the surface.
- Sand off rust spots on the pad.
Brake pads with a high metal content tend to rust especially in humid environments, and this will prevent the pads from engaging properly and damage the disc surface. In a worst case scenario, severe corrosion can render the pad unusable and in need of replacement.
Once the pads start to develop rust on the surface, use finegrain sandpaper and grind off the corroded layers. You can also use a file if sandpaper doesn't work. Spray the pad with brake cleaner and wipe off with a rag.