Nissan Maxima Brake Disc
Tips on How to Care and Maintain the Nissan Maxima Brake Disc
The brake discs of your Nissan Maxima can last anywhere from a year to a five years, and the difference depends on how well it is maintained. While it is built to be tough, a Nissan Maxima brake disc is constantly exposed to heat and friction that can shorten its lifespan significantly. If you want your Nissan Maxima brake disc to last longer, take note of the following maintenance tips.
- Replace and refill the brake fluid regularly.
The brake fluid tends to absorb water from the air, causing it to drop its boiling temperature and thus making the brake disc easier to overheat. Because of this, it is recommended to completely drain and replace the brake fluid in your Maxima at least once every 2 years. But if your sedan starts to exhibit signs of tainted brake fluid, such as brakes locking to one side or a pulsating brake pedal for example, don't hesitate to replace it as soon as you can.
- Check for leaks.
Brake fluid runs on a sealed circuit inside your Maxima, so it's not usual for it to diminish in a year or two. So if you find yourself refilling the brake fluid a lot, you may have a leakage on your hands. Check the brake lines as well as the calipers for signs of leaks, including cracks on the surface as well, dried fluid crust on the hose, and pools of brake fluid on the floor. Once you identified the source of the leak, have it patched up or replaced as necessary.
- Clean dirty disc surfaces with brake cleaner.
The surface of the brake disc can accumulate dirt and brake dust over time, and if not removed this can cause the pads to slip and the brakes to lose their effectiveness. However, brake discs cannot be cleaned with regular detergents either, as this can damage the disc and cause the pads to slip even further. Instead, you will need to use a specially-formulated brake cleaner spray. Often sold in auto parts and hardware stores, spray the brake cleaner liberally onto the disc and let it dry. Make sure to have an oil pan or a similar container at the bottom to catch any dripping cleaning fluid.