The brake components equipped on your GMC K1500 Suburban are built with tough materials to provide stronger resistance to brake fade and deterioration. However, their tough setting does not make them immune to wear and tear. Over time, these aging brake parts on your auto can cause several problems like decreased brake power and premature brake wear. If you think your auto's brake kit is about to reach its maximum service life, then better perform some troubleshooting. Listed below are just some common issues encountered with a GMC K1500 Suburban brake kit and the reasons behind them.
Vibration when hitting the brakes is usually a symptom of rotor problem. To check your ride, simply remove the front wheels and inspect the calipers by the axle assembly. Check the rotors' surface if they are still flat and smooth. In addition, the rotors should also appear clean and shiny. If this is the case, then the stock rotors are still good to go. However, signs of grooves on the parts should signal you to replace them. Pulsating brakes indicate warped rotors. If the rotors are not replaced right away, it can greatly affect your GMC K1500 Suburban's stopping ability.
Does your auto produce a loud noise every time you press on the brakes? If this is the case, then you might have worn brake pads. Excessive wear on one of the brake pads should indicate excessively tight caliper mounting bolts. A squeaking sound can also indicate glazed or overheated brake pads, and you might even experience slight vibration from the steering wheel. Also, don't forget to examine the brake pads for a diagonal-like pattern. This pattern may be a result of defective brake calipers.
Brake fluid leak should indicate a defect on the brake caliper. You see, the brake fluid is the one responsible for exerting pressure on the pads to grip the rotor. Simply check the seals by the pistons if they are still in good shape. If they are not in good condition, then they should be addressed immediately because they can contaminate the pads, which will result to glazing.