Brakes Should be Checked When Tires are Changed

Sign up for our weekly email to stay on top of the latest news and insights!

Source: Zimmermann announcement

SINSHEIM, Germany — How does a car come to a halt as quickly as possible? With an optimally working brake and, of course, with good tires adapted to the weather. While tires are usually changed and checked every six months, brakes are not so often in focus. However, the tire change that is now imminent is an ideal opportunity for garages to check customers’ brakes and replace individual components when necessary, as Otto Zimmermann GmbH explains.

The brake professionals from Sinsheim want to increase the safety of drivers. This can easily be ensured by a brake check when changing tires. At the same time, workshops ensure good customer loyalty, because customers feel comprehensively cared for.

Detailed visual inspection increases safety

Changing tires is the optimal time for brake checks. The wheels are removed anyway and the brake system is exposed. During a visual inspection the wear of brake pads and discs is checked. Usually the minimum thickness of the disc is stamped on the hub or the outer diameter of the disc. The thickness can be quickly checked with a special caliper gauge. An obvious burr on the outer edge of the disc is also an indication of a worn brake.

The next look is at the braking surface. Blue-black heat spots (kindly see picture 1), so-called hotspots, indicate overheating of the brake. When braking, this can lead to significant noise, a pulsating brake pedal or even a wobbling  in the steering wheel. In the worst case, the braking effect is reduced. However, small, net-like hairline cracks (kindly see picture 2) in the disc are not a problem as long as they are not longer than half the width of the friction ring (kindly see picture 3).

Sign up for our weekly email to stay on top of the latest news and insights!

With a view from the upper side into the brake caliper, the pads and their thickness can also be checked. It is also advisable to check the complete system for damage, corrosion and possible leaks. Finally, the boiling point of the brake fluid should be checked according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.