Much of what we like about a well-built street rod or muscle car can be considered art. From the exterior paint to a custom leather interior or even the high-performance engine, everything takes a skilled craftsman and an ability to make things happen at a high level. Many of these people should rightfully be considered artists.
At Master Power Brakes we are in and among brakes everyday of the week and as a result some things have become second nature to us. We talk about processes and even perform them quite often and sometimes we don’t stop to think that others might not actually realize or understand what we are talking about or doing.
The bleeding of brakes is one of those things. We assume that everyone knows what it means to bleed the brakes and how to go about doing. However when we actually speak to someone it can become really obvious that we need to take a step back and explain the process. So with that being said let's discuss what bleeding the brakes truly means, how to do it and why.
Let’s be clear up front – if your brake fluid has not been changed in over a year, you are past-due to replace it. Brake fluid is hygroscopic- it naturally absorbs water from humidity present in the air. Therefore, it requires regular maintenance.
”I want to convert my car to power brakes from the current manual brakes but there are so many options of different booster sizes. Can you help me pick the correct one?”
Because we are gear heads, we take every chance to look under the hoods during car shows and swap meets. One of our guys just got back from a big show and he was surprised by how a mistake he saw so many times.
To use his words, “How could something like this be wrong on so many vehicles?”