Safety With Braking Systems, Tires, and Wheels
Keep these 8 safety precautions in mind when working with braking systems, tires, and wheels.
1. The springs used on a drum brake system are
under high pressure during removal or installation.
Always use the correct tools for maximum safety.
2. When bleeding the brakes, brake fluid must be
forced out of the hydraulic system, along with the
air. To eliminate the possibility of spilling the fluid,
use a hose connected from the bleeding valve to a
canister to catch excess brake fluid.
3. Brake fluid is considered a toxic fluid. Always use
rubber gloves so that the brake fluid does not get
on your hands. If so, wash with soap and water
immediately. Brake fluid can be absorbed into the
skin. If a skin rash occurs, see a doctor
immediately. Note that brake fluid will also cause
certain paints to dissolve and be damaged.
4. Be careful not to breathe the dust particles left in a
drum brake assembly when removing the brakes.
The dust may contain asbestos, which can
seriously injure your lungs and cause illness.
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5. At times the brake pads or shoes may drag on the
rotor or drum during driving. The friction causes
the brake assembly to become very hot. Be careful
not to burn your hands when servicing brake
systems after running the street rod.
6. When removing a tire from its rim, remember to use
the proper tools and procedure. There is high
pressure on the tire sides and this pressure
could cause serious injury during removal and
7. When a tire is being inflated after it has been
replaced on the rim, the bead will often pop into
place. Keep your fingers away from the bead
8. Be careful when handling a tire that has shredded
during high speeds along a highway. There may
be sharp metal wires protruding from inside the
bead which could cut your hands.