Essential Tips to Maintain Your Plymouth Volare’s Brake System
The Plymouth Volare was GM's answer to the market's growing need for a fuel-efficient compact sedan. Based on the F-Body platform, it was one of the company's wind tunnel tested cars to achieve better fuel consumption. Light, high-tensile alloys and thinner glass were used to reduce the sedan's overall weight. The Volare also features an Isolated Transverse Suspension System and rubber suspension mounts to decrease road noise. Its disc brakes also provided enough power to stop it when needed. These new technologies minimized road vibrations and offered comfort for its occupants. If you're one of the lucky owners of this classic compact sedan, here are essential tips on how to maintain its brake system.
- Flush out the old brake fluid and change it.
Aside from the engine oil, transmission fluid and radiator coolant, the brake system's fluid also needs to be flushed out. The process of bleeding and flushing is an effective way of removing old brake fluid from the system before changing it. It also ensures all its parts are properly cleaned and lubricated. Flush out the brake fluid to remove deposits and small debris. Repeat the process until all the old fluid has been removed. Make sure to remove all the air from the brakes by bleeding them. Air trapped in the brake's hoses may cause your pedal to feel spongy when pressing on it. Brake flushing is recommended every 30,000 miles. If you are still experiencing reduced stopping power after flushing and bleeding your brakes, have a mechanic check your system. There might be other problems which need to be addressed.
- Give the master cylinder and brake lines a visual inspection.
Your sedan's brakes rely on hydraulic pressure to work effectively. The fluid transfers pressure from the master cylinder to the brakes after stepping on the brake pedal. The master cylinder regulates the pressure and if it fails, brake fluid can't be pushed through its lines to engage the brakes. Inspect it for any signs of wear or damage. Check the brake lines for possible leaks. If you spot leaks on any of these brake parts, have them replaced immediately. A faulty master cylinder and leaking brake lines might lead to loss of power while braking. These parts need to be in good, working condition to ensure safe driving.
- Don't forget to check the brake system's rotors, pads, and calipers.
Rotors, brake pads, and calipers work together to help stop your vehicle. It's important to check these parts when doing preventive maintenance. A damaged caliper can't apply pressure on the brake pad to press on the rotors. This would wear the pads prematurely, which may cause the rotors to have uneven grooves or rough spots. Repairing busted rotors or replacing them is expensive. Check the brake pads and calipers for any signs of wear or damage. Worn out brake parts increase your car's stopping distance, which may lead to a collision. Avoid road accidents by checking them.
Driving safety is always important. Remember these tips to ensure your Plymouth Volare's brake system is working properly.