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How Often Should I Change the Brake Fluid in My Toyota?

How Often Should I Change the Brake Fluid in My Toyota?

When it comes to car maintenance, you know how important it is to have your oil changed to keep your engine running smoothly and why you need to rotate your tires regularly to keep them wearing evenly. But what about your brake maintenance, specifically how often should you change the brake fluid in your Toyota? To provide you with some clarity on the topic, our Toyota repair shop in Raleigh is sharing what you need to know. What Does Brake Fluid Do? First, why is brake fluid so important? Basically, this is a chemical solution used in a hydraulic brake system that won’t compress under pressure, so when you push the brake pedal, it pressurizes the fluid so that it multiplies the force you’re applying. Without it, even all your weight on the pedal wouldn’t be enough to bring your car to a full stop.    In order to be effective, brake fluid must have three qualities:  Proper viscosity so it ca ... read more

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Signs Your Brakes Need Replaced

Signs Your Brakes Need Replaced

Making sure your brakes are in good condition is an essential part of making sure your car is safe for you and your family. We all know that brakes do wear out over time, typically brake pads should be replaced about every 50,000 miles. However, your driving habits, frequent driving routes (highway versus city traffic), weather conditions, and more can affect the lifespan of your brakes.  Waiting too long to get your brake pads changed out can lead to expensive repairs and is also dangerous to you, your passengers, and other vehicles on the road.To help you recognize when its time to bring your car in for repairs, our Raleigh mechanic is sharing the five signs it's time to replace your brakes. Persistent Squeaking is a Sign of Brake Replacement If you press your car's brakes and you hear a squeak, it may be nothing. Wet road conditions can often cause your brakes to squeak or squeal for a moment. How ... read more

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How to Know if your Brake Rotors Need to be Replaced

When driving down the road, have you ever felt your wheel shake, wobble, or pulsate? If so, this would be an indication of your rotors are needing to be replaced.  The shaking sensation is because the brake rotors are worn out and warped. Brakes and rotors are an essential part of your car because they will stop your car when needed.  Without proper maintenance and repair, your car can have issues causing you and your family members to be placed in harm for brake failure.  So, if you feel the shaking sensation to your import car, here are a few ways to check if your brakes and rotors need to be replaced: Hearing for Brake and Rotor Issues with your Ears When driving, pay close attention to your car and its brakes.  As you’re driving on the road, your brakes will indicate they are needing to be replaced with a squeaking or squealing sound.  If this is something you hear, go ahead and make your way to see Reliable Import Service in Raleigh, NC, so they c ... read more

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How to Maintain the Brakes on an Import Vehicle

The brake system is one of the most important mechanisms in your car. Some would even say it is the most important mechanism, and rightfully so! The brakes on your import car play a major role in keeping you and your family safe on the road. Because of this, it is important that you maintain them to make sure they are functioning properly at all times. Here are three main keys to maintaining the breaks on your import vehicle. Check Your Brake Fluid Checking that your brake fluid is at an appropriate level is something that you should do regularly. If brake fluid levels are not checked and maintained regularly it stands a chance of becoming contaminated. Brake fluid becomes contaminated due to water or air (condensation) that has infiltrated the system. Contaminated brake fluid has a milky white color to it, so it is easily identified. If contaminated brake fluid is left unchanged it can destroy the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder causing major damage in the brake system. Every ... read more

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How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

How to Tell If Your Rotors Are Bad

Your brake rotors play a key role in helping you make sure that your vehicle stays in top condition – something that is important to most vehicle owners, since purchasing a vehicle is a major investment! Everyday use of your vehicle eventually causes your braking system to wear down over time. Perhaps ironically, your vehicle’s brake system is the most important system in your car, and it is also one of the most overlooked! Many vehicle owners are reactive and only spot issues when it is too late. Fortunately, there are ways to tell if your rotors are bad so that you can seek professional help before putting yourself and others in danger. Below we outline some common ways to spot problems with your brake rotors. What You See Look at your brake pads. With your vehicle parked, turn your wheels all the way to the left or right. This will allow you a clearer view into the wheel well. From there, you can usually see your brake pads. If your brake pads are worn down, conside ... read more

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