Anti Seize Lubricant For Brake Pads [How To Avoid A Brake Seizure]

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What Happens If You Don’t Use Copper Grease Or Anti Seize Lubricant

On Your Brake Pads?

As a safety precaution, brake manufacturers recommend adding a special chemical to the brake pads. This is designed to reduce the risk of creating so much friction that you eat through your brake pads and shoes. It keeps the wheels from locking up and the vehicle from skidding, and it keeps you from becoming a hood ornament on a semi-truck. However, this chemical may sometimes cause serious issues, especially if you don’t use copper grease or anti seize lubricant.

Under such circumstances, it’s not unusual for the friction to become so great that it actually heats up a section of the pad so intensely that it catches on fire. It’s called “brake pad seizure,” and it’s exactly like what it sounds like: You have a car with a seized brake system.

Generally, brake pad seizure happens in the pressurized pads on the rear axle when you drive temperately.

Among auto mechanics, this condition is so common that there’s even a name for it: “the rear pad slap.” You may be able to hear it taking place.

This serious malfunction can occur under the following circumstances:

The [Roadside] Fix

If your brakes make a weird squeaking noise, it’s time to get up to speed on the basics of brake repair. This is an easy fix with inexpensive parts and a little knowledge of how the brakes work.

First, check your driver’s side brake pad for damage. You want to make sure that it’s not warped or cracked and that it’s not rubbing against the rotor. If it is, it’s probably making the sound. Check the back brake pad as well if you’re having issues.

If your pads are okay, it’s time to check the rotor. To check it for wear, simply lift up the caliper.

Then, check the common wear indicators, those are places where the brake pads and the rotor make contact, and if you detect a change in the rotor, you’ll need to buy new rotors.

If you have an inspection mirror that can inspect both sides of the rotor at once, you can use that. They’re available at brake shops and most auto parts stores.

The [Actual] Fix

If you have ever had your brakes lock up, causing your car to come to an abrupt stop, then you have had a brake seizure. You may have thought that there was something wrong with your car, but the problem is pretty common among brakes.

Frequently, brake seizures are caused by brake pads that are worn down. They are so thin that the brakes grab onto the rotors and grind against them instead of actually gripping them. These worn pads may still have a bit of life in them, but they won’t be able to protect the rotors and the wheels as well.

In order to prevent brake seizures from occurring, you should take some preventative measures by servicing your pads regularly.

How To Use Copper Grease & Anti Seize Lubricant On Motorcycle Brake Pad Pins

Motorcycle brakes should be well maintained and serviced at least twice a year and maintenance free brake pads should be replaced at least every 4,000 miles.

This will help to ensure that your motorcycle stays safe while you are riding it.

Your brake pads consist of two metal plates between which the brake pads are situated.

Between the two metal plates is the brake pad compound which usually comes in the form of a bronze colored shim.

It is crucial that the shim does not become compressed.

If it does, it will squish out of your brake pad and you could cause harm to someone by braking on that spot.

What’s Next?

You are in good company. Brake pad seizure happens to almost everyone in large part because there is no one definitive cause for it. Brake pads can seize or “lock-up” for a number of reasons. We talked about most of them here, but there are many others not mentioned.

If you’re a careful driver who routinely inspects your vehicle, then you probably already know why it happened.

More importantly, you might also know how to avoid it happening in the future. The trick is to follow the steps listed on the top of page. The same steps that we recommended taking in the event that your brake pads begin to seize in your automobile.

Once you’ve successfully removed the offending brake pads, it’s important to replace them with new ones as soon as possible. Get the vehicle to a professional right away is a safe bet.