Best Vehicles for Towing

My name is Louis Alexander, and I want to thank you for stopping by my website. I have an active family that consists of my wife Janice, our three children, two dogs, three horses, and me. We needed not only a truck that could tow, but also one that would comfortably seat my family. We are on the road for many hours when traveling to horse shows or on camping trips. We needed a new vehicle. One that would be capable of towing our horse trailer and travel trailer. I did a great deal of research online before venturing out to test drive trucks. I learned a lot about tow capabilities and capacities. I also discovered some differences between trucks that ran on diesel and gasoline. Iā€™m going to share some of the information I found out about trucks and hope you find it of value.

How Air And Water Can Get Into Your Brake Lines

Automotive Blog

Air and moisture are the two things that can turn your brakes from lifesaving mechanisms into dangerous liabilities. Bleeding your brakes is all about removing these two things from your brake lines, and replacing the brake fluid for a fresh start. Here's why these two elements can cause you problems.

Air bubbles in brakes - There are many ways that air can enter your brake line. Whenever you check the brake fluid, you introduce a little air into the chamber. Normal operation of the vehicle can also allow some air to inexorably make its way to your brakes as well.

Air, unlike the brake fluid itself, is compressible. That means the more air that's present, the more of it that compresses when you press the brake. Compressed air is what gives you that spongy brake feeling when you push down on the pedal.

Sometimes, spongy brakes represent a sign that you don't have enough brake fluid. When the reservoir has a proper amount of brake fluid in it, then it's harder for air to get in to begin with. Your brake pads can also cause air to build up.

As brake pads fade, your brake fluid will have to work harder. The braking process will require more of it to compensate. This in turn leads to you needing more fluid (or new brake pads), which in turn again leads to the possibility of more air entering the reservoir and brake lines.

Moisture in the brake fluid ā€“ Moisture can enter your brake cylinder and line through porous points, or through the rubber of the line. It can also enter whenever you open the reservoir because the brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air itself. That occurs because brake fluid absorbs moisture naturally.

The moisture the fluid absorbs is compressible. The moisture also lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid. That means when you apply your brakes, the heat will cause the moisture to steam. The compression will cause the steam to revert to water. That chemical change from gas (air) creates air bubbles directly in your brake line.

Take Care of Your Brakes

There's not much that you can do about air bubbles or moisture. You can try to keep it to a minimum, but air bubbles will get in there at some point or another. To minimize problems:

  • Try to avoid opening the brake reservoir if you don't have to
  • Have a professional bleed your brakes at the first sign of spongy braking
  • Always change your brake pads at proper intervals

If you take care of your brakes, they will last longer and keep you safe. For more help with your brakes, contact a professional like those at Godfrey Brake Service & Supply.


21 June 2015