Brake cleaning 101

It’s no secret that your brakes and the braking system itself is one of the most important pieces of equipment on your vehicle. We’re of the opinion that a little bit of maintenance can prolong its life and help keep you safe on the road – having responsive brakes is an integral part of being a responsible driver.

Over time, the amount of dirt and grime that are found on the road will undoubtedly find their way into your braking system. Combine this with high friction, brake dust and all the other nasties, and you can find a build up of gunk in the areas that you want it least. Spray-on brake cleaners  and multi purpose brake, clutch and parts cleaners are one of the best ways to free up excess contaminates around your brakes and ensure that nothing is getting in the way of your braking system. And guess what? Opies stock a whole bunch of them!


Unlike other maintenance to your car, cleaning the brake system using a spray-on cleaner is inexpensive and doesn’t require much preparation time or removal of any major parts. It can be done easily in just a few minutes and most of the tools and equipment you need can be found in any garage or storage shed. If you know how to change a tire and how to use an aerosol spray can, then you probably already know how to use brake cleaner.

The next time you take your tire off, take a look at the brakes and see if there’s any excess dirt building up on the braking system. Applying a brake cleaner can not only be effective in cleaning the brakes and helping them to function properly, but it’s also effective when you need to see parts of the braking system clearly before doing a repair job.

Brake cleaners are effective in removing oil, dirt and other debris from your vehicle’s braking system because of the combination of chemicals used to break those elements down and wash them away. For a list of all our top quality brake cleaners, have a look below. With products available from a range of tried and trusted brands, we’re sure you’ll find something that’s perfect for your garage. Simply click on the brand of your choice for prices and all further information:

You can find all of our servicing essentials HERE. Don’t forget to use the code “OPIEBLOG” to get an additional 10% off your order!

We hope you have found this informative and helpful, but should you need any advice then please give our experts a call on 01209 202 944 or drop us an email to and we’ll be happy to help. We’re in the office Monday to Friday 8:30-5:30.




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