Start with the front wheels
With the wheel off the ground, check for wear in the wheel hub bearings by grasping the wheel and trying to rock it. A very slight play may be felt, that is OK, but if the movement is appreciable, you should seek further advice
Now locate the brake pads, there are two, one on each side of the disc. Locate the brake pad's wearing surface, it's the wear material that is pressed against the brake disc to slow the vehicle when the brake pedal is applied
Using a ruler, measure the approximate thickness of the remaining wear material on the brake pad. If it is less than 2.0 mm. - All front pads need replacement.
If you need to replace the front pads, click below
Check condition of the brake discs. Some light scoring is normal on the area in contact with the brake pads, but if heavy scoring and/or cracks found on the disc or around the wheel bolt holes, the disc must be renewed. ALWAYS Replace both front discs & pads
Now quickly check all the brake pipes for condition, check for any leaks, also inspect the rubber gaitors for integrity. Replace wheel and repeat on other side.
Should the front shock absorber need to be replaced, click below
TIP! - Virtually all cars have this inspection window in the brake caliper body, you can usually see the brake pad thickness from here
It is a similar procedure with the rear wheels. Check for wheel bearing movement, then remove the wheel. This model has drum brakes. The minimum brake shoe wear thickness is 1.0 mm.
To check or renew the rear brake shoes, click below
Take a good look around brake system and the suspension arm, check for any leaks.
Should the rear suspension strut need to be replaced, click below
Check rubber exhaust mountings
Finally, check the condition of the spare wheel / emergency tyre repair system
Before refitting the tyres, take a look at the tyre tread, there is a UK legal requirement to have a minimum of 1.6mm remaining tread depth. Also check sidewalls for any kerb damage
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