Car safety Tips: Brake fluid and car wash safety

joeldgreat By joeldgreat, 19th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Safety precaution on the use of brake fluid and pressurized car wash equipment.

Brake fluid: your car’s special juice

Stepping into nothingness means brake failure which is every driver's nightmare. The brake system, that is very important for safety, demands attention as it can function with absolute reliability under extreme conditions only if it has been serviced properly at regular intervals. The brake fluid here is vital, although it is often rather neglected. It transmits the power from the master brake cylinder in the hydraulic brake system to the individual wheel-brake cylinders, where it is subjected to extremely high temperatures. Red-hot brake disks are nothing new on racing vehicles. A high boiling point is therefore the top development goal when mixing a brake fluid. And the fluid may not attack metal and rubber gaskets, may not foam, must have good lubricating properties and should not decompose or change even under extreme conditions.

As excellent and inconspicuous as the performance of the brake fluid may be when carrying out its task, it still is not a perfect performer. The problem is that the brake fluid can absorb water. Since a brake fluid mixed with water boils at a much lower temperature, vapor bubbles can arise under extreme loads, and as is well known, gases can be compressed. The consequence is the "step into nothingness", meaning that the brake pedal can't be depressed any further. It is therefore very important to regularly check your cars the brake fluid. Brake fluid can be checked using an ATE control unit BFCS 300 (Brake Fluid Control System) takes just a few minutes and is usually done free-of-charge at any gas pumping stations.

Watch out at the car wash!

Powerful high-pressure equipment at the car wash can cause damage if it is held too close to the tires. Car tires manufacturer therefore recommends maintaining a minimum distance of 20 cm (8 inches) between the spray nozzle and the tire. Otherwise high-pressure equipment may damage the tire sidewall. The detergents used also pose problems as they can penetrate between the tire and the rim flange, and the tire may move on the rim as a result.

High-pressure washers are a popular way of cleaning cars, MPVs and light vans. The instructions for use should however be read carefully to avoid causing any damage to the tires.

The reason for this is the high pressure generated by some of the nozzles on the equipment. If they are held too close to the tire, they can damage the sidewall. Sufficient distance also means that there is no risk of detergents or chemicals becoming lodged between the tire and rim, which could then cause the tire to slip during braking or acceleration.

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author avatar Denise O
20th Nov 2010 (#)

Good info. The only car washing our vehicles get are done by hand.
I'm so glad my hubby taught our kids the basics about cars, as Dan was a master tech for 20 years.
Men still find it strange my daughter knows more
about cars then most of
them ever thought about.
You gotta love knowledge.
Good read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar jojomen
5th Dec 2010 (#)

hahaha! the lady in the car wash looks great.thanks.

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