Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide

General Information


Brake shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

Instead of the traditional expanding brakes that press outward against a circular drum, disc brake systems consist of two cast iron discs with brake pads positioned on either side. Braking action is achieved by the pads squeezing either side of the rotating disc. Dirt and water do not greatly affect braking action since they are thrown off the rotor by centrifugal action or scraped off by the pads. The equal clamping action of the pads tends to ensure uniform, straight stopping. All disc brakes are self-adjusting.