A brake meter or brake tester is a simple device that measures brake force and stopping distance in order to assess if braking performance meets proper vehicle specifications. The tool is easy to use and requires no assembly or maintenance. Brake meters manufactured by Wager (http://www.wagerusa.com/index.html) and Tapley (http://www.brakemeters.co.nz/) are high-quality products.
Place the vehicle on level ground prior to testing.
Place the brake meter on a level section on the vehicle floor. Some brake meters have fasteners that enable it to stand on the floor even during extreme maneuvers. Adjust the fasteners or strips according to specifications. Remember to line up the meter to the direction of travel and set the arrow to point in the “FREE” direction.
Carefully release the wing screws and set scale to “LEVEL” position before re-tightening. Set the arrow of the test lever to “TEST.”
Start the vehicle and drive at a steady speed not to exceed 60 miles per hour. Apply brakes smoothly to bring the car to a smooth stop. Apply constant pedal pressure and avoid sudden jerks of the brake pedal to obtain an accurate reading.
Record the readings accordingly and repeat if desired. Set to “ZERO” and repeat procedures to test hand brake efficiency (or according to vehicle specifications).
The brake meter should be handled with care and stored in the original packaging when not in use. Set the lever to the “FREE” position before storage.