SRT® Hallmarks: Regular brake system maintenance returns repeatable and predictable stopping power.

Each SRT<sup>®</sup> vehicle is engineered to perform well on the street and excel on the track. Competing at the drag strip or at an autocross circuit typically isn't too demanding on a braking system, but components should be checked...
Posted on Feb 13, 2013

Like any vehicle system, some regular maintenance and inspection is required to keep the system operating at peak performance, especially under severe duty conditions.

Each SRT® vehicle is engineered to perform well on the street and excel on the track. Competing at the drag strip or at an autocross circuit typically isn't too demanding on a braking system, but components should be checked thoroughly prior to and following each session.

SRT vehicles also excel on road racing circuits, but the added stress on the braking system does require extra care following a day at the track. Front pads typically wear three times the rate of those on the rear, necessitating changes more often. Ample pad thickness is crucial to maintaining safe and predictable stopping ability. Brake pads are subject to increased stress and will wear much faster due to intense and repeated brake application on a road course. Rotors may eventually need to be replaced following repeated trips to the track. Tires also play a major role in stopping power and must be checked for even wear and tread depth often.

SRT vehicles are factory-filled with Mopar® DOT 3 brake fluid, but DOT 4 can be used as a replacement, if desired. DOT 4 brake fluid offers a higher boiling point than DOT 3 for added protection during road racing and other heavy-duty applications.

It is highly recommended that brake fluid is completely flushed prior to a day of road racing to have the highest boiling point of the fluid. If the fluid does boil at a track event, it is best to bleed the system prior to the next session. This helps maintain the integrity of the system and ensures a safe and predictable pedal. Be advised that some aftermarket brake fluids have corrosive properties and may be damaging to rubber seals within the brake system.

An unfortunate and often seen side-effect of any performance braking system is brake dust. Wheels can easily become discolored with brake dust and can become permanently discolored if not washed regularly. Wheels should be washed thoroughly each time the car is washed to avoid the onset of permanent discoloration. This helps to maintain a factory-fresh appearance and avoids the buildup of brake dust. Once clean, an application of wheel protectant will also help deter the discoloration from brake dust.

Maintaining the brake system is crucial for long-lasting and consistent performance. Although it can be easy to overlook, the outcome is well worth the effort. Experts at SRT Performance Dealers are trained in servicing every aspect of an SRT. Find your nearest certified SRT expert at www.driveSRT.com/finddealer.

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