Easy Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

    May 8, 2015

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to tackle some of the automotive projects you may have been putting off all winter. Many of us were avoiding things like brake repair and tune-ups because it was just way too cold to spend much time in the garage. Here are two tips for getting your car into shape for those spring and summer road trips.

Silence those squealing brakes

If brake repair is on your spring to-do list, make sure you have a Loctite® Disc Brake Quiet Stick in your toolbox. This is a wax-like stick formulated to dampen brake pad vibrations and eliminate annoying squeaking, squealing and chattering. It goes on easily without the sticky mess of many solvent-based products and forms a water-resistant, high temperature film that will absorb vibration and quiet disc braking. 

Loctite Disc Brake Quiet Stick is easy to use.

  1. After removing and cleaning the old pads (or using new pads if necessary), clean the area on the piston and caliper where the pad backing plate touches.

  2. Apply the Quiet Stick, reinstall the pads and finish up.

Loctite Disc Brake Quiet Stick has been independently tested and fully meets OEM acceptance criteria for noise levels.

When installing any brake parts, make sure you…

  • Remove any corrosion or road dirt from the mating parts so that the brake pad or caliper housing can slide in and out to compensate for wear.

  • Clean up any sliding parts, which may require a wire brush or a file, until you can push the pads in and out with your bare hands.

  • Apply a thin film of high-temperature brake grease to any sliding surfaces (avoiding getting grease or anti-seize on the pad or disc).

Spark plug installation

If your spring projects include changing your spark plugs, you’ll want to use some Loctite Dielectric Tune-Up Grease. It provides a moisture-proof barrier that lubricates and protects electrical connections and wiring from salt, dirt and corrosion. Apply a thin coat on the ceramic insulator of the spark plugs to prevent voltage leaks. A dab on the plug boots will keep them from fusing to the plugs so you can remove them without damage.

Check out this short video to see how it’s applied:

Enjoy your spring road trips and keep reading the blog for more maintenance tips throughout the year!

About the Author, Mike Oliveira

Mike Oliveira is an Application Engineer for Henkel. His present and previous employment has given him experience in assembly equipment, robotics, and electrical related items. Mike has used these job related skills to perform general automotive and household repairs. He earned an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technology.

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