Brake Grease Alternativesby Anastasia Blackwood
Brake noise is a common problem in automobiles. Although it is usually harmless, it is often unpleasant to listen to. Squealing in the brakes is caused by normal vibrations between the brake pad and calipers. While brake grease is the most commonly used lubricant to prevent noise, other products are available that can work just as effectively. When applying any product to your vehicle's brakes, remember to use them only on the backs of the brake pads so they do not interfere with the braking power.
High quality anti-seize is comprised of metal that can withstand higher temperatures than brake grease. Nickel anti-seize can withstand temperatures up to 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas most brands of brake grease are rated to withstand temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Anti-seize is a thicker consistency than grease, which helps it remain on the pads without burning or washing off as quickly.
Brake Pad Shims
Brake pad shims help reduce the noise of brake pad vibration. Shims are inserted onto the brake pads, which enable them to absorb and reduce the noise caused during braking. Shims are often made of durable rubber or metal. They are easy to install and can prolong the life of the your brake pads.
Silicone grease can work just as efficiently as brake grease for all components of the braking system. Silicone is a great lubricant and preservative, especially on plastic and rubber surfaces. It can be found at home improvement stores and auto parts stores.
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