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What is it?

An instant and precise response by the braking system is an essential pre-requisite in ensuring your vehicle stops safely. That’s why checking wear and tear and servicing your brakes regularly is fundamental for the safety of both driver and passengers, but also for pedestrians and other road users.

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It is important to ensure that the main components of the braking system are always operating efficiently.

Never underestimate the importance of checking:

  • The brake pedal
  • The brake pump
  • The pipes
  • The brake fluid
  • The stopping components, i.e.:
    • Pads and discs for disc brakes
    • Shoes and drums for drum brakes

The braking system plays an essential role in the vehicle’s active safety. The term active safety refers to all equipment and structural elements on the vehicle involved in preventing accidents from occurring, while passive safety refers to any system or instrument used to protect vehicle occupants during a collision with another vehicle or an obstacle. The aim of the passive safety features is to reduce the negative consequences of an accident once it has occurred.

The brake pedalDiscover

Brake pumpDiscover

Disc brakesDiscover

Drum BrakesDiscover

Flexible brake pipesDiscover

The brake fluidDiscover

Did you know?

Just a few metres can make the difference

Just a few metres can make the difference

To stop your vehicle, you must first of all react and then brake.

The stopping distance, or total stopping space, is the distance travelled from when you register the danger to when you stop: this distance includes the total reaction space plus the braking space. Driving speed, of course, plays a key role: the higher your speed, the greater the space travelled during your normal reaction time. In addition to this, another element which has an intrinsic effect on stopping space is the road surface conditions: on a wet surface, braking distance increases by up to 25-30%. Finally, we must always consider the efficiency of our braking system: if the system is not operating in perfect condition, we run higher risks in any circumstances.

MIN TH: go no lower!
 

MIN TH: go no lower!<br/> 

For each model of car and its relative brake disc, the manufacturers establish a minimum thickness, below which the component must be replaced. This MinTh, or Minimum Thickness, is an important warning sign and is printed on the side of the disc. If its thickness reaches the minimum indicated level, the brake disc will no longer be capable of dissipating the heat produced by the friction with the brake pads, and therefore of ensuring braking within the same stopping distances as when the system is operating efficiently.

Click... and weight!
 

Click... and weight!<br/> 

To stop your own body at a speed of 20 mph requires around the same force as it would take to lift your own body weight, multiplied by twenty: not even the strongest athletes could cushion a similar quantity of energy. But your seat belt can!
 
When fastened, your seat belt increases your probability of survival in the case of an accident by ten times.

FIAT’s tips

To ensure perfectly efficient brakes and safe driving conditions, it is recommended that you have the wear and tear of your brake pads and discs checked regularly, to verify the efficiency of the entire braking system. Make the most of your seasonal Check Ups and set off with peace of mind.
 
The wear times for brakes can vary, depending on several factors:

  • Journey type (urban, extra-urban, motorway)
  • Driving style
  • Vehicle weight

To maintain the durability of your brake discs, you should have the pads regularly checked. This is also important because if the pads wear out, there is a risk that the disc may be scratched, causing irreparable damage.

When travelling downhill, use engine braking as far as possible, to avoid the system overheating.

Should you need to replace your rear brake pads, it is recommended that you replace the front ones too, to ensure your braking is always optimal.

Check the efficiency and the level of wear of your brakes once a year at an Authorised Service Centre and ask for Mopar® original spare parts: only original spare parts maintain the same efficiency as components on a new vehicle.

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For comprehensive servicing, Mopar® Vehicle Protection offers you the pre-paid service packs available late summer 2014, for scheduled servicing as well as the replacement of the parts most subject to wear.
The Mopar® Vehicle Protection servicing plans protect you against unexpected maintenance costs and possible price increases, as every plan includes a fixed discount for the duration of the plan on original used spare parts.

Self-diagnosis

The brake system wears out slowly and progressively.

With the exception of accidental brake pipe damage, it is impossible for the braking system to stop working suddenly. Very often, without realising, we get used to driving with worn brakes, adapting our driving style to compensate for braking system defects.

We brake earlier or press harder on the brake pedal, correcting side movements with small corrections on the steering wheel, we get used to vibrations and whistling.

If your vehicle is not fitted with a wear indicator, pay attention to the following important warning signs:

  • Noise
  • Brake pedal vibrations when braking over a long distance
  • Increase in stopping distance
  • The vehicle pulls to the left or the right whilst braking
  • The brake pedal moves when unladen

Don't wait until you find yourself in an emergency: as soon as you spot the first symptom, visit an Authorised Service Centre where you will be guaranteed the use of original spare parts designed especially for your car.