How to Tighten Brake Fittings

closeup of car Brakes
  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Line wrench set
Axle stand
What You'll Need
Line wrench set
Axle stand

Tight brake fittings provide for an effective and efficient braking system in a vehicle. Wen tightening your brake fittings, it is important to inspect all the components that make up the system. Remove grease, dirt and debris as these will spoil car parts. Make sure that brake pads do not come into contact with grease and oil.

Step 1 – Secure the Vehicle

Make sure that the car is well supported. It is advisable to chock the wheels as a safety precaution too. Use a wrench to loosen the bolts and nuts on the wheel. Gently raise the bonnet, locate the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and loosen it. Use a jack to raise the vehicle to a suitable level, use axle stands for extra support. Remove the road wheel.

Step 2 – Check the Wheel

Make sure that the wheel is well balanced. Check that there is no lateral run out. The Rim and the lateral should run well. Use a wrench to tighten to the recommended torque. Use an even clockwise motion when tightening.

Step 3 – Calipers

Inspect the calipers and make sure they are free from damages or wear and tear. If it is necessary, replace them with new ones to improve the effectiveness of the braking system. Take a look at the piston, it should move without obstruction. Inspect the guide elements such as bushing, bolts and channels; use a wrench to tighten the bolts.

Locate the brake pads. Make sure they are in good condition and replace them with new ones if they are old, damage or worn out.

Step 4 – Brake Discs

Inspect the brake discs. If there is grease, dirt or debris, use a wet soapy rag to clean them. Look for damages on brake discs, if it is necessary, replace them with new ones.

Do not over tighten them; it is important to use the specific torque recommended by manufacturers.

Step 5 – Wheel Suspension

Check the condition of steering bushes or silent blocks and look out for damage, wear or tear. If they are too soft or damaged, replace them with new ones. Look at the shock absorber and spring strut. Clean them or replace them if necessary.

Step 6 – Check Wheel Bearings and Steering Components

The wheel bearings must also be in a good working condition. Check for wear and tear and replace them if it is necessary. Take a look at the steering gear for wear as well. Make sure that the steering, steering damper, and suspension joints are in proper working condition.

These measures will help to improve the efficiency of your vehicle’s braking system.