Ford Mustang Brake Disc
How to Maintain the Ford Mustang Brake Disc
To match its top-notch engine performance, the Ford Mustang is also equipped with a top-of-the-line brake disc set. But while the Ford Mustang brake disc is one of the best in the automotive industry in terms of quality, it still does need maintenance from time to time to minimize wear. In this guide, we'll share some key tips on how to maintain your Ford Mustang's brake disc.
- Check the brake fluid regularly.
The easiest and most effective way to keep the brake discs in top condition is regular checkups of the brake fluid levels. Brake fluid levels gradually lower over time due to evaporation, although this can be worsened by leaks in the system. If you notice brake fluid starts to dip below their recommended levels, make sure to refill it as soon as possible.
In addition to fluid levels, you should also check the brake fluid for contamination. Brake fluid should normally have a clear, yellowish tinge; if it starts to acquire a cloudy appearance, it may have been contaminated with water or condensation. When this occurs, bleed the brakes immediately, as contaminated brake fluid can damage the brake's master cylinder.
- Clean grimy discs with brake cleaner.
Brake discs can build up brake dust and dirt over time, reducing their effectiveness, but these can usually be cleared up with brake disc cleaner. Simply spray the cleaner directly onto the surface of the disc, let it soak for several minutes, and wipe dry with a clean cloth. You may have to repeat the process several times in order to completely remove the contaminants on the brake disc surface. Make sure the brake disc has sufficiently cooled first; however, as the hot surface of the disc can cause the brake cleaner fluid to spontaneously combust, releasing chemicals that can be dangerous when inhaled.
- Switch to ceramic or NAO brake pads.
If you are currently using semi-metallic brake pads, switching to ceramic or non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads might boost the service life of the brake disc. This is because ceramic and NAO pads are gentler on the disc surface, reducing wear as well as brake dust residue. In addition, ceramic pads also tend to be quieter than their semi-metallic counterparts. The only downside is that these two pad variants are more expensive, although it given its benefits it might be more cost effective in the long run.