Things That Might Be Wrong With Toyota Brakes - Service Research at Capitol Toyota

It's no secret that the brakes are the most important part of any vehicle. Of course, keeping the brakes on your ride well maintained by an authorized dealership service center like the one at Capitol Toyota is the best way to avoid costly brake repair services. However, car brake problems are among the more common things our factory-trained technicians see. Below, we discuss five brake problems that we see the most in our service center.

This Toyota brake system information is just one of many service information pages we've put together at Capitol Toyota. You see, we think that all our customers are best served when they have good information with which to make their automotive service decisions. If you have any questions, we invite you to stop by our give us a call.

Technician removing brake caliper to access the brake rotor 

5. Car Shakes When Braking

If it feels like you suddenly started driving on a rough road every time you press the brakes only for the ride to smooth out once you release the brakes, your car probably has a problem with the rotors. You see, every car that's been made over the past few decades comes with disc brakes on the front. These brakes work by hydraulically clamping a set of brake pads onto a smooth steel disc. Things like excessive heat and poor maintenance can cause the surfaces of this disc to become uneven. Such an issue is often called a warped brake rotor even though the rotor itself isn't likely to be warped. Instead, high and low spots on the disc surface will cause the car to shake and shudder as the brake pads are pressed against the uneven rotor. Sometimes, our technicians can machine bad brake rotors to be perfectly smooth again, but if a rotor is too damaged, it will need to be replaced instead.

This right front brake caliper is seized causing the vehicle to pull to the right 

4. What If Your Car Pulls To One Side When You Brake?

This brake problem is less common, but it's certainly more disturbing when it happens. If you're driving along, hit the brakes for a stop light, and suddenly must steer to keep the vehicle in a straight line, you probably have a problem with a brake caliper. Each front wheel has its own brake caliper, which is that hydraulic clamp we mentioned in #5. If the caliper on one wheel works fine but the other one doesn't, you're likely to find that hitting the brakes makes the vehicle want to dive into the other lane. This problem can get bad enough that you shouldn't drive the vehicle. Instead, get the vehicle towed to your nearest authorized service center for expert brake repair service.

New brake pads for automotive disc brakes 

3. Soft pedal

Have you ever pressed the brake pedal in a vehicle, and it didn't feel right? Perhaps the pedal simply sank to the floor or it just felt spongey instead of the firm feedback you expect. While there are a variety of reasons for the brake pedal not feeling or working right, the most common reason is the brake master cylinder. This is essentially the hydraulic pump that applies pressure at the calipers when you press the brake pedal. It's not uncommon for internal seals in a master cylinder to go out and cause serious problems with your brake pedal. If any of this sounds like what's happening in your vehicle, it's probably best not to drive it. If you need help with a tow, give us a call at Capitol Toyota. We'll be happy to help.

2. What's That Squealing Sound Every Time You Hit The Brakes?

Did you know that most modern brake pads are designed to squeal when it's time to replace them? Today, brake pads are typically made with a thin metal tab that sticks out just beyond the metal backing of the brake pad. That way, once the pad material wears away enough, the tab will contact the brake rotor and squeal. It's a simple and effective way to alert you that it's past time to change your Toyota brake pads. There are some pads out there that also have an electronic sensor to let you know when it's time to replace the brake pads. No matter how your vehicle is equipped, it's important not to ignore any warning of low brake pads. Doing so can cost a lot more than the price of brake pad replacement maintenance.

1. The Difference Is In The Maintenance

Toyota vehicles are known around the world for being among the most reliable and trusted brands in the business. Keeping up with recommended brake maintenance and service is key to enjoying all that a Toyota has to offer, and that's especially true when it comes to the brakes. You see, there is no set mileage or time that a set of brake pads will last, and it's always better to have worn brake pads replaced before the warning squeal or light comes on. When you trust your Toyota maintenance to our authorized dealership service center, our technicians will keep an eye on the brake pads and replace them when necessary. It's far more affordable this way than it is to replace damaged brake rotors, calipers, or other components due to poor brake maintenance.

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