Always ensure that the vehicle is securely chocked on level ground before releasing the parking brake. Cage the spring brake or use a minimum hold off pressure of 90 psi (6 bar).
Regular brake inspection is an important part of vehicle maintenance and should take place every 3 months.
These check frequencies are a minimum and, depending on the vehicle application, a more frequent check may be necessary. Refer also to vehicle manufacturer’s instructions with regard to check frequencies and service intervals for brake calipers, brake pads, brake discs and air chambers.
A visual assessment of brake pad wear should be made – independent of any wear indicator fitted to the vehicle. There are two methods of carrying out a quick and simple assessment of the approximate pad life remaining without removing the wheel.
Compare the position of the caliper marking X with respect to the carrier marking Y. If the positions of X and Y are similar to those shown in the right hand diagram then the brake pad and the brake disc thickness should be checked with the wheel removed.
Compare the position of the caliper with respect to the end of the short guide sleeve, where applicable. If dimension Z is less than 1 mm then the brake pad and the brake disc thickness should be checked with
If the visual assessment indicates the pads are approaching their maximum wear allowance then a full check with wheel removed should be made. Brake pads should be replaced when the friction lining C has worn to a thickness of 2.0 mm or less.
You must always replace the brake pads on both brakes across an axle.