Source: Goodyear Brakes recently posted an article on its Website explaining how corrosion can adversely affect the operation and lifespan of a vehicle’s brakes as well how to fix and prevent this issue from occurring. We have excerpted the post here; the entire article can be viewed by clicking HERE.

AKRON, Ohio – When you rotated your tires, did you find your brakes and braking components needed replacing well before they’ve reached their expected lifespan because of corrosion? It’s not uncommon. The granular road salt or the now very popular liquid brine solution of calcium chloride or magnesium chloride on the road can be a necessary enemy of your brakes. That same ice-melting aid can wreak havoc on a car’s body, chassis, suspension and brakes through damaging rust and corrosion.

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The automotive experts at Goodyear Brakes offer some tips for assessing the health of your vehicle’s braking system and solutions for helping address the prevention of corrosion-related wear. The new line of Goodyear Brakes provides premium quality brake kits, calipers, rotors, brake pads and all the hardware for today’s most popular vehicles, from daily drivers to SUVs and light trucks, all backed by a national warranty, decades of production experience and one of the best-known names in automotive excellence. The Goodyear Brakes product lineup offers the ideal solution for almost every braking need – whether you are looking to save money on your vehicle repairs, upgrade your performance or restore your perfect car.

How Corrosion Can Damage Your Braking System

Corrosion on your braking system can impede brakes’ function, seizing emergency (parking) brake cables and preventing normal, free movement of brake parts such as calipers and pads. As rust builds, it can cause a phenomenon known as “rust jacking,” which can actually separate the pad’s friction material from the backing.

What should a vehicle owner to do, especially if you live in areas that use salt and brine on the roads? There are several solutions to address this, such as installing corrosion-resistant brake components like Goodyear Brakes rotors and calipers protected against rust and corrosion with their proprietary Antiox Max™ protective coating.

How to Help Keep Rust at Bay

Wash the vehicle as frequently and as soon as possible after a snow or ice storm. Go to an automatic car wash with an undercarriage wash, use the spray wand at a manual car wash or your own pressure washer to direct water in all underbody nooks and crannies to flush away corrosion-causing salt and brine.

It may seem counter intuitive but parking your daily winter driver in a heated garage can accelerate brine and salt’s corrosive effects. Their corrosive effects are minimized at freezing temperatures, so parking outside when it’s too cold to wash your car may actually be better for it!

Lubricate all moving brake parts, such as the caliper pins, with a high-temperature ceramic or silicone brake lubricant (grease.) Apply the same lubricant to the back of each pad where the “ears” of the caliper contact it. Do not use wheel bearing grease, which could liquefy as it heats up and run onto braking surfaces.

The entire “how to” article can be viewed by clicking HERE.