Inspecting your Jeep’s brakes is a small yet important part of Jeep maintenance and should be done on a regular basis, or every time a large part of your brake system is replaced or repaired. Not only does a brake inspection help keep you and your Jeep safe, but it can also save you money by detecting any evolving brake issues before they become more expensive repairs.
Inspecting your Jeep’s brakes is a simple enough task and only requires a few basic tools. Start by checking the general condition of the brakes. Look over the brake rotors and pads to check for any sign of wear, like deep scratches on the rotor, visible gaps, or ripples in the pad. Make sure there is no rust accumulation on the brakes, as this can lead to brake failure and costly repairs. If you notice any suspect signs of wear, it is best to get your brakes looked over by a professional.
The next step is to check the brake fluid. Make sure to look in the brake reservoir and check the fluid level. Ensure that the fluid is between the maximum and minimum marks. If the fluid is low then you may have a leak. Lift the front wheels off the ground and spin them back and forth. If you hear grinding or resistance, then this could indicate that your brakes need to be replaced.
Once the brakes are in order, move to the vehicle’s brake lines. Check for any pitting on the outside of the lines and inspect for any bulges, which would be a sign of hydraulic system failure. Tighten any loose lines and look for any signs of seepage, which would indicate a worn or damaged gasket or seal. If a line is aged or cracked, it should be replaced as soon as possible.
Finally, look over the brake master cylinder and wheel cylinders. Check for any sign of seepage or evidence of brake fluid. A bad seal or worn piston should be replaced to prevent any potential failure while on the road.
In conclusion, inspecting your Jeep’s brakes on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining your vehicle’s safety. A poor inspection may result in costly repairs, or worse, an accident. Follow these steps to keep you and your Jeep safely rolling along.