Mention brake-parts lubrication and you will get all sorts of comments, looks, “I-don’t-need-to-do-that” statements and others. The fact is that if you live in a dry climate where there is no road salt or water and you’re not doing anything but driving on clean, flat, even, level roads with no humidity, granted, the brake lubrication issue is not something you would be the least bit concerned about. Unfortunately, that is not the case. More than half of the U.S. is considered a Rust Belt area and this presents a myriad of problems regarding brake lubrication and a lack of adequate performance of brakes.

While preparing this article I came up with 265 photos of various components of brake systems that could have been discussed. It was tough to narrow it down to 25 and future articles will address other areas.

What type of lubricant to use? Use lubricant that is for high-temperature applications and designed for disc-brake or sliding-caliper-type work. Can you use the same lubrication on all components? Maybe yes and maybe no. Please notice in Photos 14 and 15 that a type of lubricant that usually does not contain properties for high loads is not being used. In other words, this lubricant is great for caliper slide pins inside bushings but is not great for metal-to-metal contact points. There are brake lubricants that can be used in all areas and there are some brake lubricants that are specific to their application. Read the labels and understand. Also, read the labels to find out what the temperature range is for these systems. A brake lubricant that is suitable for a small front-wheel-drive car may not work under the temperatures of a ¾- or 1-ton truck hauling a heavy load. Again, common sense and an attitude of trying to do good work right will usually steer you in the direction of using brake lubricant, using the right type of brake lubricant and applying it where it should be applied.