Once you choose the best system for your ride, follow these simple steps for proper brake maintenance.
- Check your brake fluid. You need to make sure the brake fluid is good and that it stands at the appropriate level.
- If necessary, change the brake fluid. If your brake fluid has a milky color, it means that water or condensation has infiltrated the fluid and you need to change it. Leaving contaminated brake fluid alone destroys your master cylinder. It also deteriorates your wheel cylinders.
- To change the brake fluid in your vehicle, you need to add new fluid into your master cylinder.
- Bleed your brake lines to get all the air out of them. This usually requires two people — one to pump the brakes while the other watches the bleeder valve, closing the valve when brake fluid begins to flow through.
- Inspect the brake pads and rotors to ensure they still look good. You can do this by removing the tire. If the brake pads are showing wear to the extent that you can’t see much of the pad, it’s time to replace them.