A brake replacement is not just a matter of taking out the old parts and slapping in a set of new brakes. Special lubricants are required because of the conditions under which brakes operate. Brake lubricants keep your brakes from making squealing or screeching noises due to vibrations, and they reduce wear and tear so your brakes will last longer.
With every brake replacement, our licensed technicians will sand the brake pad cradle and wheel hub surface. Corrosion under the brake pad clips will cause the brake pads to have a harder time moving while applied. If not serviced during replacement, it could cause the brake pads to seize inside the cradle. We also sand the wheel hub surface before installing a new brake rotor. This ensures that the rotor has a flat surface area to mate with. We have seen vehicle come to our shop where the hub surface was not sanded down, and the customer had a complaint of a vibration. This was caused because corrosion under the rotor was not letting the rotor spin true.
Lubricating key brake components will make the difference between having a noise-free smooth operation and having a car that squeals every time you press the brakes. We apply a thin layer of copper anti-seize under and on the brake pad clips. This decreases the spread of rust under the clips and allows for smooth brake pad movement above. We apply the same lubrication to the sanded wheel hub surface. This will decrease the spread of corrosion behind the rotor. We also apply a silicone compound to the caliper guide pins. This will allow the caliper to move in and out freely. Together, these small but important services will make your brakes last longer!