Toyota Brake Parts
When It's Time For New Toyota Brake Parts
Good Toyota Brake Parts aren't just an important safety issue - they're required by law. In general, it's time for new brake parts when existing brakes don't immediately stop the car after being applied, feel spongy to the touch, pull the car to one side while stopping, or pulsate while being pressed. Additional problems are evident when the brake pedal reaches the floor without much pressure, requires more effort to use, or when stopping the car makes that God-awful squeal. This article will explain these problems in more detail and describe the appropriate Toyota Brake Parts that will help correct them.
Stop and Pull Sensation
If you notice your car pulling to one side every time you stop, either your disc brake pads are damaged -- or one side of them is contaminated with oil. (Or the brake pad material is worn down). A disconnected front suspension however will pull the car as well in addition to a piston stuck in the caliper. Check all situations to be safe.
Stop and Squeal
Squealing is usually the result of worn out brake pads. What makes the squeal sound is the rubbing that occurs between the sensor and the disc. If you discover that the brake pads have completely worn away, you'd better check the discs for additional damage -- an almost inevitable consequence of worn pads!
Failing to stop within a reasonable amount of time after pressing on the brake could be the result of partial brake system failure, an insufficient amount of brake fluid in the master cylinder, or the rear brakes failing to properly adjust. In the latter case, you should inspect the self-adjusters.
A Spongy Feel
When the brakes feel spongy, the hydraulic lines could have air in them, the system's hoses and lines might be faulty, or the master cylinder has become dismounted (or its completely defective, itself).
Stopping Requires More Effort
When the car takes more effort to stop than normal, there could be any one of five significant problems involved. One of those problems could be the power brake booster failing to work. The other could be worn linings and pads while sticky caliper pistons or wheel cylinders could also be the culprit. Two more items to check for are greasy brake pads or linings, and unseated pads or shoes. (New pad material won't seat against the drum right away.)
Brake pedals that pulsate during application could be the result of an improperly installed caliper or a defective disc or drum. In the latter case, the faulty disc or drum will need to be either resurfaced or replaced.
A quick word of caution here... Check the conditions of your tires before suspecting brake problems. Improperly inflated tires and a mis-aligned front end will contribute to brake issues even though the two are someone unrelated.
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