How To Slow Down Wear And Put A Stop To Preventable Damage To Your Brakes

We all know that brake wear, damage and the need for replacements can cause major problems. But did you know that choosing the right brake fluids can make a difference to the life of your equipment? If you’re trying to save time by not checking out your options or hoping to minimize expense by putting off routine maintenance and/or choosing poor products, you’re only going to run into more cost and expensive issues down the road.

Here at Greg’s Petroleum Service, we’re proud to offer fuel service, oils and lubricants, and top quality solvents and chemicals to maintain your fleet of valuable equipment. Based on years of experience, we know that making the correct choices can make all the difference in how your machinery performs and can even extend its lifespan.

So, what do you need to know to extend the life of your brakes, and improve their performance overall? To help, we’ve put together a guide of need-to-know basics. Read on to learn more about how to maintain your braking system.

Advice from a commercial fuel service provider: the right care for braking systems

The first thing we advise is to always keep up with routine fleet service. It’s often helpful to add a brake check to the schedule, just as you do regular oil changes. We recommend that you plan to have your brakes checked every three to six months, depending on the use of the vehicle. The brake check can be done at the same time you would have tires rotated, or on a seasonal basis.

What should you look for during a brake check? Ideally, you’re going to want to have the thickness of the brake pads checked, as well as the calipers, and look for evidence of wear to the drums. But that’s not all a good mechanic will look for as they are performing system maintenance.

Additionally, you must have your brake fluid system maintained. It’s a key part of the process, because brake systems function through use of hydraulics. In general, the way it works is that when you put your foot on the brake pedal, it moves a lever and piston that pushes the fluid through a cylinder. That process multiplies and transmits the power to stop through the brake system.

For that reason, routine brake maintenance should include a check for leaks. But even if no leaks are found, it’s still important to replace old brake fluid.

Did you know that sluggish brake response is a sign that you need to replace old brake fluid? The reason is because old brake fluid absorbs moisture, which will not only reduce the power of your brakes but can also cause the corrosion in the system that can lead to premature brake failure.

So, how often do you need to replace brake fluid to maintain power and prevent corrosion and failure? Many manufacturers recommend that you change every 20,000 miles, or at intervals of every 2 years. But of course, that will vary based on use and conditions.

Here are a few additional signs of a braking system that is having trouble:

- Sounds like squeaking, grinding, or scraping
- The vehicle pulls off to one side when you apply the brakes
- Bouncing up and down when you apply the brakes
- A burning smell

If any of those sound like something you’re experiencing, or you just have questions, it’s time to reach out to a mechanic.

And for more information about top quality, long lasting brake fluids and brake system flush, please contact us at Greg’s Petroleum Service. As the leading fuel fleet service providers in California, our team of experts know that the right fluid can make all of the difference, which is why we recommend and provide Valvoline Professional Series brake fluids.

If we can provide you with information, service, or products please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

We Can Satisfy Your Hunger For Food Grade Lubricants

Did you know there’s a demand for lubricants to service the machinery and fleets of the agricultural and food production industry? Chances are, if you’re a butcher, a baker, farmer or beverage maker, you know that food grade lubricants are an essential ingredient in the mix.

So, what is a food grade lubricant? That’s a somewhat complicated question. The short answer is that not all lubricants are safe to use in the equipment and machinery used to produce food. Because the oil, grease and lubricants used in food production machinery could, through incidental contact, get mixed into the food, it must be deemed safe.

In the past, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) set safety standards for use of food grade lubricants that would come into contact with dairy and other food products. The standards cover use of lubricants, guidelines about additives used in the lubricants, product formulations, and how the lubricant can be used on the machinery.

Therefore, a food grade lubricant meets safety standards for use in the machinery and equipment used to process edible items. A lubricant that meets the standard is classified as an “H1” lubricant. There is also a registration process around lubricants and other nonfood compounds used in food production.

This helps to limit the risk of contamination, injury, and liability. It also meets a growing “hunger” or demand for the highest quality of safety and production for groups with specialized standards, such as those producing allergen friendly, kosher and halal certified foods.

What other applications are food grade lubricants used for? In general, the lubricants are most commonly used in the following industry areas:

- Animal Feed Industry
- Dairy Industry
- Bakeries
- Beverage Producers and Breweries
- Meat and Poultry Industry
- Edible Oil Processing Industry
- Food-associated processing plants
- Pharmaceuticals

But note, that list isn’t exhaustive. And although there aren’t currently penalties or requirements to use food grade lubricants, the market is moving in that direction due to increasing demand from both manufacturers and consumers.

How to choose the right food grade lubricant

So, what are the concerns around food grade lubricants? First, it helps to understand how the lubricants are used. The food industry has a need for gear oils, chain oils, compressor oils, hydraulic fluids and vacuum pump oils for equipment, just as any other manufacturer would. There are also specialty uses, such as can seamer oils.

And just as most manufacturers have varied fleets equipment, so do food manufacturers. Therefore, we run into concerns that are like those of operators that use non-food grade lubricants that no single oil or lubricant will be right for all of their machinery, and under all conditions.

There are questions around use, compliance, and which lubricant additives fall into the H1 category and are safe. So, where do you go for information?

You can visit this website to learn more about standards for food grade lubricants. However, we know that it can seem like a complicated process to review the lubricants and additives individually. It’s certainly time consuming. That’s why we also offer information and advice to help our customers get the answers they need.

As a commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in California, we have the products, service standard, and expertise to answer all of your questions. If you’re searching for food grade lubricants, we can help. And if you need information to help you choose the right lubricants for a varied fleet of equipment, we can help you make the right decisions.

Also, be sure to check out our recent blog choosing the right lubricant for agricultural applications, “You Reap What You Sow: The Right Lubricants For Agricultural Equipment Pays Off.”

Finally, please don’t hesitate to visit us online and/or give us a call if you are looking for a quality food grade lubricant for your equipment. Our team here at Greg’s Petroleum Service is here to help.