Brake System Service
WHAT IS IT
The process of routinely servicing (or adjusting) both front and rear braking systems PLUS an inspection of your entire braking system. The calipers (disk application) and wheel cylinders (drum application) are the mechanical components that contain the hydraulic system that compresses the pads/shoes to the rotor/drum that causes your vehicle to stop. It is the free movement of these components that needs to be maintained (more frequently than pad/shoe replacement) by removal, cleaning, lubrication and adjustment.
WHY DO IT
This service is necessary in order to ensure that your braking system is operating sufficiently to stop your vehicle and that the hydraulic components are applying an even distribution of pressure on the friction components to prevent premature wearing.
WHEN TO DO IT
Every 20, 000 km.
There are 2 main services that are required to ensure your braking system is operating at optimum.
Replacement of Pads, Shoes, Rotors, drums:
The typical wearable components of your braking system are the friction items (pads for disk brakes, shoes for drum brakes) and rotors/drums, which will require replacement from time to time, the frequency of which is dependant on your driving habits and the quality of these parts. To elaborate on part quality, please be aware that the various degrees of quality for replacement pads/shoes/rotors/drums available in the marketplace is dramatic, ranging from inexpensive offshore "white box" product to "first line" products manufactured by reputable suppliers within quality-controlled environments. This latter category is strongly recommended by Master Mechanic; the improved safety, longevity, and warranties associated with quality parts far outweigh the incremental cost.
Caliper Servicing and Cleaning:
The calipers (disk application) and wheel cylinders (drum application) are the mechanical components that contain, in part, the hydraulic system that compresses the pads/shoes to the rotor/drum that causes your vehicle to stop. These systems require regular maintenance (more frequently than pad/shoe replacement) in the form of removal, lubrication, adjustment and cleaning in order to ensure that your braking system is operating sufficiently to stop your vehicle and that the friction material wears evenly to prevent premature wearing. We recommend that this service be performed every 20,000 kilometres.