Lockdown has changed the way of life of many people. Many are working from home and car usage has decreased. This means the cars will be left parked without moving for quite some time. For those who do not have the facilities for storing the vehicle in a garage, the cars are left exposed to the environment.
Unfortunately, this can cause the brakes to develop issues when left for a while, stopping it from being able to work correctly during the driving. Corrosion will start to form on the surface of the brake discs and, with normal use of the vehicle, this rust is removed by applying the brakes. But if the vehicle has not been driven for a while, this can cause the areas affected by corrosion to expand. Corrosion on the surface of the brakes can cause noise during braking and even more worryingly can increase stopping distances due to a reduction in the performance of the braking system.
This is not the only issue, as the parking brake is engaged the pads/shoes have been left in contact with brake discs/drums. Corrosion will build up and can cause these components to stick to each other, and this will prevent the wheels from moving the next time that the car is driven. This is known as brake stiction.
It is possible to avoid brake stiction by following some simple steps:
Senior Account Manager DACH / UK