Cars have a simple function: Getting you where you need to go. But that simple function is fulfilled by an extremely complicated machine. All it takes is for one very small malfunction to create a very big inconvenience. Or worse, a very big danger you don’t know about.
A Toyota owner does not have to worry about that, however. If you are having issues with your brakes, or even if you just want a checkup, then we can get you sorted out quickly, easily, and cheaply. So, let’s talk about how to know when it’s time for a brake repair service.
When Should You See a Toyota Brakes Specialist?
There are a few telltale signs for when you should take your Toyota in to have its brakes checked. The problem is that most of them require some amount of expertise to notice in the first place. For example, one of the clearest signs your brakes have a problem is when you are leaking brake fluid. But you might not know what brake fluid looks like.
For that reason, we have identified the three signs that are the easiest to spot.
- Vibrating When Pressing the Break
This is the top sign to look for, the reason being that while it might indicate many problems besides the brakes, it can only indicate problems. This indicates that your brake pads are corrupted with dirt or other substances, or that they have begun to rust over.
It might also mean a problem in the engine or with your transmission, since braking tends to cause your car to change gears. But that is also a problem, since it means that braking can be the indirect cause of your car stalling.
- Burnt Rubber Smell
This smell can be the result of a few things, like a belt wearing out or your tires responding to stress. You can tell that this smell comes from your brakes rather than these sources by looking for two things. The first is noise. If there is no noise coming from your engine, it’s not a belt.
The second is whether you are putting strain on your tires. If you are not, then it is not those either. Then, it can only be the resin in your brakes breaking down.
- Abnormal Sounds While Braking
This is another symptom that can mean a few things, though none of them will be good. The thing to remember about cars is that when they malfunction, they are made to malfunction in specific ways. That means the noises you hear are specific noises you are meant to hear.
If you hear any screeching, slamming, or anything else that hurts your ears, then you should get your brakes checked immediately.
Visit us at our Location in Fremont, California for Brake Repairs
Whether you want repairs or just a brake check, setting up an appointment with us is easy. Just call 510-793-6067 and we can get you a time, a place, and a quote on what you need.