CheCk the bRakes
Wheels off and check pads and linings for wear. Contamination may also have occurred. It’s a simple fact that if you have visual confirmation of the wear condition of your car’s brake friction materials and corresponding drums and discs, you will be better able to judge stopping distances and appraise your position in traffic and on the open road. On-car machining is a great option for grooved but salvageable discs and also perfectly matches the rotor to the hub. Wheel cylinders and caliper piston seals will often harden and leak after periods of inactivity. Giving the brakes a couple of heavy applications when stationary and then inspecting the apparatus at the wheel ends may well reveal the start of a friction-reducing leak.