Is It Time for a Brake Inspection?

July 9th, 2018 by

When you’re a Toyota of Muncie customer, the well-being of your Toyota Sienna, Toyota 4Runner, or Toyota Camry near Richmond, IN is our primary concern. This includes your brakes, which bear a huge responsibility for your safety.

So how do you know when it’s time to bring your car in for a brake inspection? Here are several common signs:
Brake light is on: an illuminated brake light could mean that your brakes are due for inspection, or it could imply a problem. Either way, it’s best to get a consultation from our Toyota service center.
Vibration/shaking when braking:  if your steering wheel shakes or your car vibrates every time you apply the brakes, this could be indicative of one of a few problems. The most common is the presence of an uneven rotor – that is, a brake rotor that is worn down and no longer able to provide strong contact with its corresponding brake pad. Another possibility is that one or more of your brake calipers (whose job it is to squeeze together the brake pad and brake rotor) is malfunctioning.
Grinding sound when brakes are applied: Toyota vehicles like the best-selling 2018 Toyota Tacoma are built to last. However, all parts must wear out eventually. If you begin hearing grinding sounds, i.e. metal on metal, whenever you brake, your brake pads are likely worn out. This is grounds for an immediate visit to our nearby Toyota dealer for new brakes.
Leaking fluid: brake fluid exists to create hydraulic pressure, which you feel every time you depress your brake and “sense” the pads and rotors making a strong connection. If you find that your brake pedal is suddenly feeling “soft” and too easy to depress, there may be a leak in your car’s master brake cylinder.
Source: Muncie Blog

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