There are many great perks that come along with owning a Toyota. From a reliable engine to great design and a comfortable interior, Toyota cars are a head above the rest. But even the most innovative and reliable vehicles need regular maintenance to keep them performing at their best. That’s why it’s important for drivers to keep up with regular brake maintenance on a Toyota. So how do you know when it’s time to schedule a Toyota maintenance visit? Check out our list of signs you need your brakes checked to make sure your brakes are always working at peak performance.

Pulling

shutterstock_380257378Have you noticed your car wanting to pull to one side or the other when you apply pressure to the brakes? This is a common reason to schedule brake maintenance on a Toyota. There are a few different reasons that your brakes could be pulling, including:

  • The calipers are moving unevenly due to a collapsed brake hose
  • A caliper is stuck and causing friction on one wheel, making the car to pull to that side
  • The brake pads are worn down

All of these issues can be very dangerous, so be sure to take your Toyota in to be serviced as soon as possible.

Vibrating

A vibration feeling when you apply pressure to your brakes can be very scary. Normally, vibrating brakes are caused by warped and uneven rotors that make it hard for the brake pads to grab evenly. Rotors can become warped due to the extreme heat caused by frequent stopping when towing something heavy or when over using your brakes on steep hillsides.

Grinding

shutterstock_337519874Another common reason to schedule a Toyota maintenance visit to check your brakes is anytime you feel or hear a grinding noise. Grinding or “growling” sounds most likely indicate that your brake pads are completely worn down and need to be changed. Without proper padding, your brakes and the rotors will grind together, metal on metal. In most cases, you should be able to hear the warning indicator on your brake pads squealing well before they begin grinding. This is the perfect time to take your car to a professional and get those pads changed out.

 

 

“Soft” Brake Pedal

If your brake pedal easily sinks all the way to the floor when applying pressure, it could be a sign of several different issues, including:

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  • A brake fluid leak
  • An air leak
  • Air in the brake line
  • Brake pads are worn down

 

 

 

 

 

Do a quick check to see if the car is leaking brake fluid by leaving a light-colored piece of cardboard under your car overnight. If you see an almost clear fluid that is close to the consistency of cooking oil, you may have a leak.

Tough Brake Pedal

shutterstock_279344237This another one of the most common signs you need your brakes checked. If you have a brake pedal that is increasingly hard to push down, it’s time to get your brakes checked out. Tough brakes are usually due to an obstruction in the brake line or issues with the vacuum system. Both can be very dangerous and require a Toyota maintenance visit.

Drive Safe with High Performing Brakes

Regular brake maintenance on a Toyota could save a life and should be taken seriously.

Not only can bad brakes be dangerous for you and your passengers but they can lead to more costly repairs down the line if they aren’t taken care of at the first sign of any issue.

Be smart and keep your car working properly by keeping up with Toyota maintenance visits.