Think your Toyota might have brake trouble? Learn the signs you need to look out for!

Here at Stapp Interstate Toyota, we've been helping our customers to take care of their cars for quite some time now. But while some maintenance issues like oil changes and tire rotations are easy to remember, we've noticed that a lot of drivers often overlook brake issues. Now, everyone's brakes squeak and squeal from time to time, but there are some serious red flags you might be missing that would indicate your brakes are in serious need of service or repair. Fortunately, we're Toyota brake service experts here at Stapp Interstate Toyota, which is why we've taken the liberty of putting together a brief breakdown of signs your brakes may be in bad shape.

  • Sinking brake pedal

    If you press down your brake pedal and it just drops right to the floor with little resistance, that could be a sign of a leak in your brake fluid line. You may also notice brake fluid leaking from under your car, which is colorless and has the consistency of vegetable oil.

  • Prolonged squeaking or squealing

    This is usually a sign that your brake pads are worn down and making contact with the brake rotor. This can cause significant damage if left unchecked.

  • Grinding noises

    Usually accompanied by noticeable vibration when braking, these grinding sounds can be an indication that your brake pads have worn down so much that they've damaged or warped the brake rotor. In this case, you'll often have to have the rotor replaced.

These are just a few key indicators of brake trouble, but if your brake light is on or you're certain there's an issue, you should still make an appointment to get it checked out. It should go without saying that properly maintained brakes are critical to operating your car safely, so don't hesitate to schedule your next service visit online and let us help you ensure your car is fit to serve you well for years to come.

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