Brake Service in Hamilton, ON

Brake Maintenance at Upper James Toyota

To ensure maximum safety and smooth performance, it is important to take care of the brakes of your vehicle regularly. A braking system is full of many complexities as it embraces many elements which require proper maintenance, replacement and repair to ensure they function as they should. Our team of experienced technicians at Upper James Toyota has come up with some helpful tips and important reasons for bringing your vehicle to our service department for routine brake maintenance, or just to get ready for your next road trip.

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How a Vehicle’s Braking System Works

Have you ever wondered how your Toyota stops immediately when you press the brake pedal? Well, we don’t blame you, as many of us are unaware of the functionality of the braking system of our vehicles. Simply put, a piston within the brake fluid-filled master brake cylinder is pushed by a lever when you press the brake pedal. The brake fluid then breaks through the master brake cylinder to reach out to the four wheels. A piston inside this cylinder engages the vehicle’s brake pad to generate friction by engaging the rotor that, ultimately, stops the wheels from spinning. A braking system involves many moving parts that make everyday wear and tear normal, making it important for you to maintain and repair it regularly.

Important Elements of A Braking System

A few important elements of a vehicle’s braking system require proper maintenance and, after sometime, a replacement to ensure smooth operation and performance of your vehicle. These elements include;


Brake rotors are round metal discs connected to all four wheels and are visible behind the hubcaps. They’re primarily available in four different types — drilled, slotted, drilled & slotted and blank & smooth. Each type has its own significance and functionality, meaning when you’re opting for a replacement, make sure to choose the one that matches your vehicle’s needs. You can also consult the skilled technicians at Upper James Toyota for recommendations.

Brake Pads

Brake pads are a key element of a braking system, withstanding regular friction and heat to stop the spinning wheels. Because of the nature of its work, brake pad replacement is the most common brake maintenance or service for car owners. It is a standard practice to replace your vehicle’s brake pads after every 15,000 to 30,000 km to ensure maximum durability of the braking system.



Brake Fluids and Lines

Brake fluid operates in a sealed system, which is why they usually have a longer shelf life. However, air and moisture can affect it by entering the brake lines, which become prone to damage, causing brake fluid leakage. A technician or mechanic at Upper James Toyota can help flush out the exhausted brake fluid from the system to ensure a steady and smooth engine and brake performance.



Common Brake Repair, Maintenance or Repair Signs

Though you shouldn’t wait for the system to deteriorate or damage for a maintenance or repair service, there are still a few signs you should keep an eye on to get checked at our service centre:

Car Pulling in One Direction

You may think it’s because of unbalanced wheel alignment, but in some cases, your vehicle may move to one side due to uneven friction when you engage your brakes. Either way, it is always best to consult our technicians to find the problem before it gets difficult or hinders your vehicle’s performance.





Unusual Brake Pedal Vibration

If you start noticing a shake or vibration every time you press your brake pedal, it may be because the adhesive that binds the brake pads together wears off over time, and due to heat produced from friction. Experienced mechanics and technicians call it glazing, and the best way to fix it is by replacing the worn-off brake pads with a new pair.




Hear a Strange Squealing Noise

This mainly occurs when you push the brake pedal, and the common reason for this grinding sound is the metal-on-metal friction, which is harmful to both rotors and brake calipers. To prevent this squealing or buzzing sound from getting worse, you should immediately get your brake pads replaced.

Visual Inspection of Brake Pads and Rotors

You can try to take care of the braking system by regularly inspecting the condition and functioning of the brake pads and rotors. If you start noticing big round grooves on the brake rotors, it’s time you replace them. Similarly, when you see the brake pads through your wheels, you should immediately bring your Toyota to our service centre.





Book Brake Service at Upper James Toyota in Hamilton

At Upper James Toyota, our skilled technicians and mechanics follow the best industry practices to repair, replace, install and maintain your braking system, ensuring great functionality and performance. We use genuine Toyota parts and accessories to fix your braking system problems, adding to its durability and lasting performance. Book an appointment by filling out the form below, or feel free to visit our showroom in Hamilton to learn more about our certified car maintenance and detailing services.