Three steps to better braking on your car according to EBC
Too often overlooked, brakes need attention annually and sometimes even an upgrade from stock. Cars and 4 x 4 or light trucks are built with tad are duty brakes, not ideal for heavy loads, higher speeds or towing for example but the move up to better brakes need not cost you an arm and a leg.
Here are the basic steps:
- Have your caliper checked out if your car is more than three years old and thereafter every three years. Moving parts can corrode and seize and cause brake drag and overheat. A service exchange caliper costs as little as £100 per axle and you get a lot for the money. A strip down and clean new seals and new pistons often. A strip down, clean, new seals and new pistons, new dust seals (if fitted) and a new stainless bleed nipple to make sure you can bleed the brakes effectively after refit. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of DOT 4 brake fluid, less than £10.
- Buy a decent set of pads. EBC Brakes make a range of great pads with materials for your own driving style. See this pad selector chart to decide what you need instead of guessing: New upgrade pads will cost between £50-150 per axle.
- Seriously consider replacing the original rubber brake hoses with stainless braided hoses which will really transform the brakes, making them feel stronger and firmer on the pedal. These will set you back around £50-80 per axle.