are arguably the most important safety feature on
any vehicle. That’s why you should
make sure they are in good
condition and functioning correctly.
Brake noise is the
number one complaint. By following
these seven basic steps, you can keep vibration and
the resulting noise to a minimum.
high-quality rotors for best results.
used rotors, machine them to meet vehicle
manufacturer’s specifications. Afterwards,
wash rotors with dishwashing soap and water. Do not
use a brake cleaner solvent- based product.
Clean the calipers
thoroughly, including the slides and hardware. Use
brake cleaner to remove all dirt, rust and grease.
Use a thin film of silicone
lubricant on components including:
caliper slides, rubber components and disc pad
shims/insulators. It will allow the shims to
withstand normal brake movement without damage and
help dampen vibration. Do not use a petroleum-based
or spray adhesive product; it can compromise safety
Ensure the disc pads
are tight in the caliper. Torque the caliper to the
6. Check the
adjustment of the rear brakes; adjust if necessary.
Clean all wheel hub
mating surfaces. Then install the wheels, Tighten
the lug nuts in a “star pattern,” making sure they
are torqued to manufacturer’s specifications.