TMD Friction, a leader in automotive braking systems, emphasizes the importance of maintaining and understanding the complexities of a vehicle’s braking system, especially during winter. With numerous components like brake pipes, hoses, calipers, and ABS rings exposed to harsh winter elements like slush and snow, TMD Friction’s Head of Technical Training, Scott Irwin MIMI, highlights the need for high-quality parts and technical know-how in braking practices.
Why It Matters
Winter conditions pose unique challenges to the proper functioning of braking systems. Moisture, corrosion, and low temperatures can significantly impair the performance of crucial components like brake hoses, fluid, and ABS rings. This not only affects the vehicle’s safety but also its overall operational efficiency. Understanding these challenges and how to combat them is essential for both vehicle technicians and owners.
- Brake Pipes and Hoses: Special attention is needed for brake pipes and hoses, which can corrode under the influence of moisture-laden winter conditions.
- Brake Fluid Maintenance: Using devices like the TEX1000BFT from Textar, technicians can check the brake fluid’s boiling point and viscosity, ensuring proper functioning of systems like ABS/ESP.
- Component Vulnerability: Elements such as ABS plugs, calipers, brake pads, and discs are susceptible to rust and corrosion, particularly in the damp and cold of winter.
- Preventative Measures: Regular checks and maintenance, including the use of appropriate lubricants like Textar’s Ceratec, are recommended to prevent corrosion and ensure the braking system’s reliability.
Winter brings specific challenges to vehicle braking systems, with increased risks of corrosion and damage to essential components. Regular maintenance and the use of high-quality parts and fluids are critical to ensuring safety and efficiency. TMD Friction’s insights and recommendations provide a comprehensive guide to maintaining vehicle braking systems in challenging winter conditions, highlighting the importance of both technical knowledge and proper care practices. For more information and resources, Textar’s website offers detailed guidance on lubricants and other relevant products.