BRAKE TESTS

Brake tests can tell you what's wrong with your brakes or simply let you know how effective they are. Brake tests vary in type and some of them require certain tools and materials. In this section we'll examine all of the different brake tests out there.

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How to Test Brake Caliper Guide Pins

It's important to keep all parts of your car's brake system in proper working order -- including the caliper guide pins. All you'll need is a few hand tools and a little high-temperature grease.

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    5 Signs That You Need Your Brakes Checked

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    Do brake dust covers really work?

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    Do you need a brake lathe?

    A brake lathe is an efficient tool for curing noise and vibration problems, and it can often prolong the life of brake systems. Is this something you need in your own garage, or do brake lathes belong in a mechanic's shop? See more »

  • Do you need a brake puller?
    Do you need a brake puller?

    If you like to change the brakes on your own car, you might want to have a brake puller handy. This is a device that pulls the drum away from the brake shoes and can be useful with older vehicles that have stuck drum brakes. Let's find out more. See more »

  • How Brake Cleaner Works
    How Brake Cleaner Works

    If you know how to change a tire and can use an aerosol spray, then you already know how to use brake cleaner. It's an effective way to remove oil, dirt and debris from your vehicle's brake components. See more »

  • How should your brakes feel under foot?
    How should your brakes feel under foot?

    You can tell a lot about the condition of your car's brakes by how they feel when you push on them. Too hard, too soft or too gritty all mean different things. Here's a guide to help you figure it out. See more »

  • How to Check Brake Fluid
    How to Check Brake Fluid

    Remember the old "Flintstones" cartoon where Fred stops his car by pressing his feet down to the ground? Though our braking method today is surprisingly similar (we put our feet down, and the car stops), it's also a bit more advanced -- thanks in part to an amazingly useful and underappreciated liquid we call "brake fluid." See more »

  • How to Check Brake Pads
    How to Check Brake Pads

    One of the scariest things is to step on your brakes and feel no traction. This can happen if the pads have become too worn. That's why it's important to check them regularly. We'll show you how. See more »

  • How to Test Brake Caliper Guide Pins
    How to Test Brake Caliper Guide Pins

    It's important to keep all parts of your car's brake system in proper working order -- including the caliper guide pins. All you'll need is a few hand tools and a little high-temperature grease. See more »

  • How to Test Brake Hoses
    How to Test Brake Hoses

    You may have heard that by the time you discover your car has a brake problem, it's usually too late. Fortunately, the brake system is pretty simple, and it's easy to learn how to check the condition of different brake components. See more »

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