Opel Brake Problems
Maintaining the brakes of your Opel vehicle is one of the most important preventive maintenance steps you can take. Regularly check and inspect your brakes, including the pads, discs, lines and fluid levels, to ensure that the system is working properly. If you experience any braking problems, there are some ways to diagnose them.
The most common problem with Opel brakes is that they don’t stop the vehicle quite as quick as they used to. If you notice fading brakes or a decrease in stopping power, you should check the brake fluid immediately. If the fluid is low, it can indicate a leak in the system. Check the hoses, brake lines and calipers for signs of cracks or leaks. It is also possible that the brake rotors or drums have become warped or the brake linings are too thin. If this is the case, you may need to replace those parts.
Another issue that can affect the brakes of your Opel is noise when braking. This could mean that your brake pads are wearing thin or overly worn and they may need replacing. Or it could mean that there is foreign material, such as rust, deposited on the brake rotors. This will create an uneven surface on which the pads can’t grip and also causes vibration which can be heard as a noise.
Other possible causes of brake vibration and/or noise can be attributed to uneven surface of the brake rotor or drum, a bent axle, a loose brake hose or a cracked caliper. If the brake lines are corroded or cracked, you may need to replace the soft lines or hard lines.
It is important to inspect the brakes regularly and to check for any sign of wear and tear or any liquid leaking from the brake system. You should also check the brake linings and pads for any signs of cracking or excessive wear. The brake fluid should be checked regularly as well and should be changed every two years or 24,000 miles. If any of these problems are present, it is important to have a certified mechanic inspect your brake system to diagnose and repair the problem.