Dodge 600: Simple Tips To Keep Your Brakes Fully Functional
Whatever you are driving, the importance of safety cannot be understated. Hence, you have to make sure that all safety features and components in your Dodge 600 are properly maintained and in top condition all the time. One of the most important safety components that you need to pay attention is your car's braking system. When you are driving down the highway at top speed, you need to be able to stop your car efficiently and quickly. Brake failure is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road, and you don't want this happening to you. Aside from being dangerous, it could also lead to a potential lawsuit. Pay close attention to your brakes and follow the simple maintenance tips below to keep your brakes fully functional:
- Check and replace brake pads and other parts.
Your Dodge 600's brake system has parts that need regular maintenance as well as periodic replacement to keep them working well. Check your car's brake shoes; they have indicators built into the pads that will tell you when it's time for replacement. You can also check the brake pads for visible signs of wear and damage. Just look at your tires and if there are brake dust accumulated on the wheels, it's a sign of worn brake pads. It is advisable, though, to take your car to the shop when it's time to service anything in your braking system. When you replace the brake pads, you should also have other parts replaced. These include the springs, pins, and bushings. The brake drums (if you have one) should also be replaced along with the brake pads because they can wear down and develop heat cracks.
- Check the brake caliper and rotor.
The most common symptom of a brake caliper problem is a brake pull or noise. When a caliper fails, the brake pulls because the caliper piston fails to retract. To allow your car free rotation of the wheel, a small air gap must exist between the brake rotor and brake pad. When the pads are worn and start to drag against the rotor, the pad may glaze or the brake assemble temperatures may increase enough to change coefficient of friction causing the brake-pulling. If your brake system has calipers with integrated parking brake hardware, you also need to inspect it for fluid leakage and correct parking brake operation.
- Check the master cylinder and brake lines.
Your car's brakes need fluid to function properly. And that brake fluid is stored in the brake master cylinder. This cylinder is connected to the brakes through the brake pipes and hoses. As you step on the pedal, the brake fluid flows from the cylinder to the braking unit at each wheel. This is what creates friction that slows down and/or stops the car. Now, this master cylinder has internal and external seals that can wear out over time. If the external seals are worn out, the result will be brake fluid leaks, and this will in turn reduce the amount of fluid in the car, causing the brakes to malfunction. On the other hand, if the internal seals are worn, the fluid will be circulated inside instead of being directed to the brakes. This weakens your car's ability to brake properly. The solution to both problems will be to replace the master cylinder and flush the old brake fluid. Leaks can also come from the brake lines so you should also check that one out.