About Me

Keeping Your Vehicle In Great Condition

Hi there, my name is Nellie. Welcome to my site. I am excited to share my knowledge about automotive service on this site. I would like to help everyone learn about how to keep their cars and trucks in excellent condition over the years. My site will cover all of the different maintenance and repair tasks required by vintage and modern vehicles. I will talk about the tools and safety equipment you must use for each task. I hope you can use the information on my site to keep your vehicle well-maintained and running great. Thank you for your visit.

Keeping Your Vehicle In Great Condition

4 Brake Repair Tips To Get Your Classic Back On The Road After Years Of Sitting

by Ana King

Buying a classic car and restoring it to drive it is a rewarding project that takes a lot of work. Before you can even take your classic for a test drive, there are some essential repairs that need to be done for your safety, which includes the brakes. The following brake repair tips will help you get your classic ready for the road after years of sitting:

1. Inspecting Wheel Hubs and Greasing Bearings Before Starting on The Brakes

Before you get started doing the brakes, you will need to remove the wheels. This is also a good time to remove the hubs, grease bearings, and make sure that suspension parts are not damaged. Repair these problems while doing the brakes to reduce uneven wear of tires and brake pads.

2. Changing the Pads and Checking the Calipers to See If They Should Be Replaced

The pads are the most important part of your brake system and should be changed regularly. Remove the pads and look at the drums or disks for signs of problems. In addition, you will want to test the calipers to ensure they have not been damaged by lack of maintenance and freezing. If the calipers are frozen, they can be replaced to ensure they do not cause problems after doing your brakes.

3. Draining the Brake System and Refilling It to Test the Master Cylinder  

Old brake fluid in the master cylinder will be decaying and have particles in it. Therefore, it is a good idea to completely drain the system and add new brake fluid. Once you have added new fluid, test the brakes and look at the master cylinder to ensure it is working. If there are decaying or damaged parts, it may be a good idea to go ahead and have the master cylinder replaced to ensure it does not fail when you need to use your brakes.

4. Bleeding Air Out of The Brakes and Inspecting Lines and Fittings for Leaks That Cause Problems

Lastly, you need to bleed the air out of the brake system to ensure you have brakes when you press the pedal. While bleeding your brake system, you will also want to inspect the brake lines and any fittings for leaks that can cause failures. Older cars may have old braided lines that decay, which should be replaced while doing repairs to your car to prevent dangerous brake failures if a line breaks.

These are some tips that will help do the brake repairs to your classic and get it back on the road. If you need help with major brake repairs to ensure your car is safe, contact a brake repair service like Buettner Tire & Auto for help ensuring you have brakes when you need them.