Maintaining good brakes is an important responsibility for ensuring that your Opel car, van or SUV runs safely and efficiently. The brakes, rotors and pads of your vehicle all need to be inspected for signs of wear and tear, and regularly checked for proper functioning. To help keep your brakes in good condition and extend the life of the system, here are some tips for inspecting your Opel’s brakes.
Start by checking the brake pads. Having your pads inspected regularly is important for assuring the safety of your car and the longevity of the brake system. The brake pads should be replaced according to your Opel’s manual’s recommended service schedule, or as soon as they have worn down to a certain thickness, which can be estimated by look at the pads. If the pads are too thin, they’ll no longer be able to properly absorb heat and friction.
Your brake rotors should also be inspected for signs of wear such as grooves, ridges, or irregular depths across the surface. If these are present, the brake rotors may need to be replaced or resurfaced. Look for rust, which is a sign of moisture and can cause problems with the braking system. You should also check the lug nuts and wheel bearings for any signs of loosening or wear.
When inspecting your Opel’s brakes, look for signs of damage that could indicate mechanical issues. Signs such as grinding, excessive pulling or pulsating when the brakes are applied could indicate a problem such as warped rotors, damaged calipers, low brake fluid levels, or air in the brake system.
Finally, be sure to check the brake fluid at regular intervals, typically once every 30,000 miles or 12 months. Brake fluid serves as a hydraulic transformer between the pedals and the brakes and should be topped off if need be. Dirty brake fluid, discoloration, and low fluid levels can be signs that the fluid needs to be replaced.
It’s important to inspect your Opel’s brakes regularly for any signs of damage or wear. Make sure to regularly check the brake pads, rotors, wheel bearings, brake fluid, and any other areas of the brakes for signs of wear and tear. Follow these steps and your Opel’s brakes should stay in great shape for a long time.