Having properly functioning brakes is one of the most important safety features on your car. The adjustability of your brakes on a Peugeot can be beneficial in achieving optimal brake performance. Setting up the brakes on your car can be difficult, but with patience and the right tools you can have a smooth and responsive pedal.
First, you need to make sure the brake pedal is adjusted properly. This involves adjusting the stroke and the distance it takes for your brake pedal to return to its original position. If the pedal is too high or too low, it can affect your brake performance. You can use a wrench or a screwdriver to make the adjustments. Once it is adjusted to the correct position, press the pedal a few times to make sure that it has been secured properly.
Next, you will want to adjust the brake pads. This will help with brake performance, as it helps to ensure that the pads make contact evenly with the rotors. If the pads are too thick, it can cause unnecessary friction, leading to more brake dust being produced and a decreased lifespan for the pads. To adjust the pads, loosen the caliper bolts that hold the brake pad, then use a ruler to measure the distance from the rotor. Make any necessary adjustments and refit the caliper bolts.
After making sure your pads are correctly adjusted, you can adjust the brake caliper floats. Doing this will make sure that the calipers are applying pressure to the pads evenly as the pads wear down. This can be done by using a wrench and gently adjusting the pressure of the caliper float so that it is using an even amount of force on the pads.
You will also need to adjust the brake lines. Doing this helps to maintain the fluid pressure within the brake system and helps to ensure that your brakes are working correctly. To adjust the lines, you will need to check the lines for any damage. If all the lines appear to be in good condition, inspect and bleed the brake system as necessary. Make sure to keep track of the fluid pressure, so that all lines are working evenly.
Finally, after all the above adjustments have been made and the brake system has been bled, verify that your brake pedal is working correctly. Feel for signs of vibrations or unusual noises, and adjust the pedal as needed. You can do this by loosening and tightening the brake pedal screws using a wrench. Once all of these adjustments are made, your brakes should be ready to go and provide reliable stopping power.