Do Your Brakes Need Replaced?

February 19th, 2015 by

Toyota StrivesThe braking system is one of the most important parts of your vehicle but it’s also one that gets ignored too often. Many drivers don’t always realize they have a problem with the brakes until it’s too late. Getting your brakes inspected will ensure that they are in good working condition, so you know they will stop the vehicle when you need them too.

This simple act can help prevent you from being involved in an accident, so it’s very important for you take the time to have them checked out at least once a year if you’re not having any problems. However, you should also know the warning signs that might indicate a problem with your brakes so you can take your vehicle to your service technician immediately, if you’re having any of these problems.

Warning Signs that Your Brakes Need Replaced

Normally, before your brakes get so bad they won’t stop the vehicle properly, there are warning signs that will alert you there is a problem in addition to the brake light indicator on your dashboard. Knowing what these signs are will help warn you that there is a problem so you can take your vehicle in for maintenance before you have an accident.

If you’re experiencing any of the following problems on your new or used Toyota when you apply the brakes, you need to have them checked out:

  • The brakes won’t work unless you apply extreme pressure
  • They grab or pull to one side
  • The brake pedal vibrates or pulsates
  • You must push the pedal to the floor or pump the brakes to stop the vehicle
  • You hear strange noises such as grinding, clicking or screeching
  • There is a strange odor or it smells like something burning

All braking systems are different depending on which type of Toyota you’re driving. However, if you experience any of the problems above, it probably means that your brakes need replaced. Give us a call here at South Dade Toyota and we’ll make you an appointment for an inspection.

Avoid Things that Wear Your Brakes Out Faster Than Normal

There are many things that affect how long your brakes will last. Some of them you have no control over but there are a few things that you might be doing to reduce the lifespan of your brakes. For example, the way you drive could be putting stress on the brakes causing them to wear out faster than they should.

The following things will wear out your brakes faster:

  • Speeding- the faster you’re going, the longer it takes for the brakes to stop the vehicle creating more heat that wears them away faster
  • Slamming on the brakes- sometimes it’s necessary to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident but doing so excessively can cause problems
  • Driving with your left foot on the brakes- You tend to push both pedals down at the same time when you do this
  • Overloading the vehicle- the heavier the vehicle, the more it takes to stop it so don’t carry unnecessary items around

Following these tips can help extend the life of your brakes but eventually they will wear out. For this reason, it’s imperative that you have them inspected regularly or at the first sign of trouble if it’s between inspections. Replacing the brake pads when needed will also extend the life of the rotors and other parts of the braking system.

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