The prime purpose of grease which gets applied to any part of specific machinery is to ensure its lubrication. If you are an avid vehicle enthusiast, you must be keeping proper care of your vehicle. As compared to other components of the vehicle, brakes are such a component that requires proper care and observation. Carelessness and negligence on your part regarding the condition of your vehicle’s brake can prove to be detrimental to it. It might also result in the happening of a mishap including brake failure. The first thing which is to be considered while caring for brakes is to ensure that they are working properly and efficiently. To ensure that their operations keep on going smoothly, you must keep in mind that you should grease your vehicle’s brakes periodically.
When you apply grease on your vehicle’s brakes, the grease ensures that the brakes remain properly lubricated. An important thing to be considered while applying grease to your vehicle’s brake is that you must apply the grease to the correct part of the brake. If you apply grease to the incorrect part of your vehicle’s brakes, it may result in their complete inability to work well.
Where to apply brake grease?
Before applying grease on your vehicle’s brakes, you must be aware of the components on which you need to apply the grease. The following mentioned components of a brake mechanism needs the proper application of grease. They are:-
- You must generously apply grease to the side pins of the brakes that connects one side of the caliper to the other.
- You should apply the brake grease on hook-shaped bots as well which are usually present on both sides of the pad that sits on the caliper.
- You must also apply grease to the metal pack of the brake pad. This metal pack contacts the hydraulic piston. However, on this part, you must apply a little amount of brake grease.
- The hydraulic piston’s edges.
You can also choose to apply some amount of anti-seize lubricant between the end of the rotor and the axle. It helps by making it easier to remove the brakes next time when they are needed to be done.
With the continuous use of brakes over time, they tend to depreciate their level of performance. The various parts of the brakes are most of the time exposed to salt as well as road spray, especially if you live in a wintery climate. With regular use, the mechanisms that are responsible for the proper functioning of brakes tend to wear-out. This happens because they tend to get rusty and dirty.
How to apply brake grease or lubricant?
We are going to present before you some points that can be helpful if you are planning to apply brake grease on your vehicle’s brakes. Let’s have a look.
The prime step involves cleaning the brakes well before you start applying grease on them.
Clearing away rust
The next step involves removing away any kind of rust that is present on the parts of brakes where you intend to apply grease. You can get this done by using a die grinder. You must keep on grinding until bare metal gets visible to you.
Spraying brake cleaner
After clearing away the rust from your brakes you should spray the whole of the brake mechanism well with a brake cleaner by properly keeping a pan or bucket below the brake assembly. This aids in carrying away the dust present on the brakes drip down to the pan thereby avoiding the dust which can contaminate the air further. This becomes a crucial step if you are working on old-style asbestos brakes. After that, when the brake cleaner is drained out, you must collect and store it properly as it may further facilitate its recycling or disposal.
Which instruments are needed to apply a brake lubricant or grease?
Usually, brake grease comes up in either a tube or a small canister. Most of the people apply the grease with a finger but applying grease with a finger might rob you of some precision. Using a wooden tongue depressor in such cases can be helpful in those cases. You should apply a thin coating of grease or lubricant to the components of your vehicle’s brake where it is most needed. You must be careful about not to over lubricate the brake components as it may result in dripping or spraying of grease into places where it is not desired. It might further degrade the efficiency of the working of brakes as well.
We expect that the next time you need to apply grease to your vehicle’s brakes; you would be able to apply it properly by taking notes from this article. If you have any further queries regarding the greasing of brakes, you can let us know in the comments section. We will make sure that we come up with proper solutions to your queries. Till then, happy greasing, and thanks for reading.
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