Can You Stop? These are Common Brake Issues

March 17th, 2017 by

You drive to work the same way every day. But yesterday, your brakes were squealing and today it’s a grinding noise. All of the sudden, you have brake issues. What gives?

 

Parts on your car wear out – it’s a simple fact of car ownership. While some parts wear out unexpectedly, others are designed exactly for that purpose. Your brakes are one of those items. Brake pads and rotors both wear down due to the friction between them when you press on the brake pedal. If you have brake issues, often it begins here.

Common Brake Issues

Worn Brake Pads

Most commonly, you’ll have worn-out brake pads. The friction material on the brake pads wears down and you can get a squealing noise from wear indicators. If it’s addressed swiftly, the corrective repair is often simply replacing the brake pads themselves. If it’s left too long, brake rotors may need to be changed also.

Shuddering When Braking

If you press the brake pedal and your whole car shakes, or your steering wheel vibrates in your hands, your brake rotors may be warped. It’s a condition that comes from overheating the brake rotors, either because a caliper is sticking, you needed to make a panic stop, or because the rotors have worn too thin. Occasionally, brake rotors can be machined for a flat surface once again although replacement is more common.

Spongy Brake Pedal

If you press the brake pedal and it sinks to the floor, or if the pedal feels overly spongy, there might be a leak. Air can get introduced into the brake fluid which causes poor braking performance. If that’s the case, the leak must be found and corrected and the brake fluid replaced with new fluid in the whole system.

 

Whether you have one of these or another brake problem in your Toyota, Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County can help. Our factory-trained Toyota technicians know your vehicle inside and out, and we’ll get you back to new in no time. Stop in today for a brake inspection!

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