When Should You Service Your Brakes?
It is very common to wonder when to service
your brakes. This is the type of thing that won't always be mentioned in
the owner's manual. The general rule is that you should have your
mechanic take a look at your brakes every time that you have your tires
In addition to regular in-depth checks of
your brakes, you should also take the time to take your car in to an
expert on Toyota brakes or general maintenance anytime you notice
something unusual, such as if your car seems to pull to one side even
when you are driving straight or braking. In some cases, this will be
due to an issue with the brakes, while other times it will be some other
maintenance problem, but it should always be checked out. The same
thing is true of unusual vibrations while driving, with brake problems
frequently presenting themselves as vibrations in the brake pedal or the
pedal being temperamental. If you feel like your brakes might need an inspection, schedule an appointment with our Certified Technicians.
Should I Replace or Resurface
When your brakes are being serviced, it will also be
necessary to take care of the rotors and brake pads. The rotors' surface
can be damaged by the brakes overheating, and if this happens, they may
develop hard spots or become warped. In some cases, sand or stones will
get jammed and groove the rotor surface.
where the brake rotor is still fairly thick, a Toyota brakes specialist
can simply remove superficial damage and use a special machine to smooth
out any grooves in a process known as resurfacing. While this is
typically a possibility, it is not safe for the rotor to get
too thin, meaning that if your rotor is thin and presents damage,
resurfacing will not be an option.
Most of the time,
your mechanic will encourage you to have your brake rotor resurfaced
unless this is not possible. The situations in which it is not advised
include when the rotor is too thin, has experienced uneven wear, has
received too much heat damage, or has been corroded.
The next time you need your Toyota brakes
serviced or the rotors replaced, consider Mike Calvert Toyota in
Houston, Texas, where the experienced staff can meet all of your needs.
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