When it comes to truck’s functionality, it’s essential that you’re aware of the fact that working truck brakes will be the best security system you’ll have. Being able to slow down or stop at any given time will help avoid any type of accident. It’s only logical – if your brakes are in a poor condition, they won’t work as effectively as they should, especially when you need to stop suddenly.
How to choose good brakes?
Actually, there’s an objective standard for choosing the best truck brakes: the best ones stop your vehicle faster and generally last longer.
To have a good brake system, you need to have good components:
Brake pads. Brake pads are the heart and soul of your braking system. If they’re simple they won’t offer good performance options or last long. Depending on the brand, they are manufactured to stop faster, last longer and generate less dust.
Brake rotors. If the brake pads are the heart and soul of a quick-stop braking system, the brake rotors are the body and muscles. The rotors are forged from the resistant metals to improve the performance and prevent the truck brakes from wearing out.
Brake lines. The veins of the system. As you know, the brakes are controlled by the hydraulic fluid; if there is no liquid, you won’t stop! That’s why no brake check is complete without first checking the brake lines. This component channels the fluid from your brake cylinder to all calibrators. Since they are very prone to damage, the lines wrapped in stainless steel belts will allow them to be stronger and more durable.
How to know if something bad happens to truck brakes?
For starters, if you notice some of these problems, it’s time for a professional brake check:
- Grip loss when braking
- The feeling that your truck is going to the side when braking
- A sloppy, soft or low brake pedal
- Chirps and sharp noises when braking
- The warning light of the brake system flashes
- Your truck takes longer to stop than usual
Maintenance is a must
The truck brakes should be inspected regularly. We recommend that your trusted mechanic regularly tests the handling of your truck to see how the brake system works. It’s important that inspections are done with each oil change or at least every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
If the inspection reveals a problem with the system that would affect your own and other people’s safety, it’s necessary to do all the necessary repairs ASAP.
Also, make sure that the brake cylinders are not leaking, that the calipers are not worn out and that the brake fluid is at the recommended level. All these components must be in good condition and work properly so that the braking system has 100% efficiency.
For example, something seemingly simple such as brake fluid can contaminate over time with the absorption of moisture and copper, which can decrease the effectiveness of the hydraulic system within your brake system and cause the pedal to respond less to the touch, then causing a slight delay or reduction in braking power.
We at Bottomley Enterprises always encourage regular truck maintenance and a great deal of attention when it comes to brakes and their functionality. After all, safety comes first in this job. If you’re interested in joining our team, feel free to fill out the driver’s application on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, for more trucking news and updates.