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Keeping Your Brakes Clean This Summer

non chlorinated brake cleanersIt’s a common adage – “never skimp on things that come between you and the ground.” Investing in a quality mattress means years of better sleep and better health; investing in quality shoes means that your footwear will last longer and be more comfortable; and investing in quality tires, brakes, and suspension parts will keep your car running smoother, more efficiently, and for longer.

But the accessories and maintenance of these things can make the difference between comfort and danger. If you don’t rotate your mattress and have a solid bedframe, the mattress will weaken faster, becoming less comfortable and hurting your back. Ill-maintained shoes can warp and cause foot injury. But most dangerous is not using the right part cleaning solvent on your brakes. Using the wrong products can cause your components to wear out faster, decreasing your car’s performance, and causing malfunction of critical braking parts.

As more drivers hit the road for the summer, here are some tips to maintain your brakes – keeping stopping distances short, saving you money, and keeping you safe.
  • Brake cleaning fluid is a small investment that goes an incredibly long way in preserving the life of your brake pads, shoes, rotors, and other components. As you drive, things like dirt and gravel from road surfaces gets caught onto tires, brake pads, and rotors. Other time this can accumulate, decreasing braking effectiveness and causing excessive wear on your vehicle. Cleaning your brakes is incredibly simple – simply remove your tire, spray on, and wipe away dirt and debris from the rotors and pads. 
  • Keep track of the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and know the expected lifespan of your brake pads and rotors. Changing brake pads on a regular basis is less costly than the result of not maintaining brake pads: having to replace warped rotors. Having well-maintained braking components will also help preserve the life of steering and suspension components. Listen for whining or grinding noises from your brakes – and make sure to have them looked at if these noises are occurring. Worn-out brakes don’t stop your vehicle effectively, putting you in danger. 
  • When using brake cleaners and other automotive chemicals, make sure that you choose the correct chemicals for your vehicle and store, use and dispose of them properly. For example, chlorinated brake cleaners can leave residue on brakes, release harmful gases, and run off into groundwater. Non chlorinated brake cleaners don’t leave behind residue, release less harmful gas during use, and don’t leech chlorine during excess run-off – making them a better choice for you, your vehicle and the environment. Use all proper safety precautions when working with automotive chemicals, like wearing protective eyewear and clothing; and dispose of chemicals at the proper recycling facility.  
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By being proactive in the maintenance of your brakes, your car will keep running smoothly for many
more miles – and you’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your brakes will stop your car quickly and securely, keeping you and your passengers safe. Get out there and enjoy some adventures on the road this summer!

About the Author: For over 84 years, Keller-Heartt has been a leader in the lubrication supplies and absorbents industries. Whether for heavy industry or vehicle fleets, Keller-Heartt meets the high demand of customers all over the US, and their Chicago-based staff is experienced in the technical and logistical demands of customers. Their products can be ordered online at www.kellerheartt.com and for the month of July, all items receive completely free shipping!
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