Driving without brakes is something daredevils love to toy with, but the average driver is far from that. The braking system isn’t something that crosses many drivers’ minds often, but it’s important to keep it in working order. While there aren’t many good mileage indicators signifying when to have the system checked, the brakes themselves can offer signs. Here are a few of the most common signs that mean you need new brakes, which can be found here at Muller Toyota.
- Listen – If you’ve ever heard a high-pitched screech when braking, odds are you won’t forget it anytime soon. The screech is caused by metal coming into contact with other metal, which in this case means the brakes and the rotors are touching. Unfortunately, this is a sure sign that the brake pads are worn beyond use, so make sure to get your car to a dealership’s service department as soon as possible.
- Look – Although it can be difficult to see on some models, looking through the spokes of the wheel can give you a closer look at your brakes. The outside pad should be pressed against the rotor. If there appears to be less than a quarter-inch of the brake pad left, it’s time for a new set.
- Pulling – If your car pulls to one side when braking, odds are you don’t need a new set of brakes. It’s more likely that the brake line is wearing unevenly or there’s a foreign object in the brake fluid. However, your braking system should still be serviced, just in case.
If you ever have any questions in regards to your brakes, stop by Muller Toyota’s service department today! We’ll help with any questions you may have.