The condition of your Toyota’s brakes isn’t just important. Without functional brakes that are serviced regularly, you’re not as safe as you should be when you’re out there on the road. Timely brake pad replacements are an essential part of keeping your car in good working order, but you don’t want to trust the job to just anyone. If you’re in the St. Louis Metro Area, Florissant, St. Charles, Bridgeton, or anywhere else near Hazelwood, MO, Bommarito Toyota has you covered.
Your braking system consists of multiple components, many of which are designed to wear out over time and with regular use. These include your brake pads, the part of your brake that slows or stops your car by clamping down on the brake drum when you step on the pedal. Naturally, this process requires a lot of friction, which slowly wears away the pad over time. When you go in for a brake pad replacement, your mechanic swaps out your old pads for fresh, new ones, as well as checks your brakes for additional problems.
All four wheels of your Toyota come equipped with brakes and brake pads. Front brake pads and rear brake pads are different sizes but functionally identical. However, the front brakes handle the brunt of the braking work, so they may wear out more quickly. All of your brake pads need to be inspected and replaced regularly to keep your vehicle safe.
On average, brake pads should be replaced roughly every 30,000-35,000 miles. (Rear brake pads that accumulate less wear may only need to be replaced every 50,000 miles.) However, certain factors may mean your pads wear out more quickly than average. Examples include whether your drive over rough terrain often, tow heavy loads, or navigate steep inclines. Be aware of the following signs that you may need a brake pad replacement ahead of schedule.
Also, be sure to have your brakes inspected by a mechanic once every six months to ensure they’re in good working order.
When choosing a mechanic or dealership for brake services, always choose a service provider specializing in Toyota vehicles. You want certified Toyota technicians on the job who know your car and will use only OEM Toyota brake pads for your replacements. In Hazelwood, MO, we’ll take excellent care of you at Bommarito Toyota. Have a snack and a coffee on us while we take care of your brakes!