Pontiac Grand Prix Brake Disc
Tips You can Follow to Maintain Your Pontiac Grand Prix Brake Disc
Pontiac Grand Prix brake disc maintenance is a task that is often relegated to mechanics, but there are ways for Grand Prix owners to maintain the discs without paying for the services of a pro. This guide will show you some simple ways to clean and maintain the brake disc of your Grand Prix.
- Ease up on the brake pedal.
Frequent hard stops will cause the brake disc to overheat, resulting in a myriad of problems in the long run. Some of these problems include a pulsating brake pedal that bobs up and down on its own, “bluing” of the disc, and, in severe cases, cracks on the disc's surface. So if you find yourself driving in a place where you need to do a lot of braking, such as in urban areas with heavy traffic, just go slow to keep the brake temperature at a manageable level. It is also recommended to switch to brake pads with “gentler” materials such as ceramic as they produce less heat when the brakes are engaged.
- For scored or pitted discs, consider resurfacing.
Pits or scores on the brake disc surface can negatively reduce its performance as well as create an annoying scraping sound when braking. But if the damage is superficial, you might still be able to save the disc through resurfacing. Brake disc resurfacing is basically putting the disc through a lathe and smoothing out the surface by grinding out the damage layer. This process fixes most, if not all, of the problems associated with a scored or a pitted disc, but it comes at the cost of making the disc thinner. It should also be noted that resurfaced discs that get scored or pitted again cannot undergo a second round of resurfacing and must be replaced.
- Clean up dirt from the brake disc with brake cleaner.
While a bit of brake dust can help the brake pads engage the disc, too much of it may cause the pads to slip. In addition, dirt and other impurities can also scrape against the surface of the disc, resulting in scouring that can significantly affect brake performance. Once the discs have become dirty, it will need to be cleaned with a commercial brake cleaner solution. With the wheel removed, spray a liberal amount of cleaner onto the disc. Let the solution dry on the surface and wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.