Squealing brakes can be loud, obnoxious and even a little embarrassing – people tend to stare when it sounds like a distressed screech owl got stuck in your wheel well.
As concerning as it may sound, it doesn’t always indicate a huge problem. In fact, sometimes there’s no reason to worry at all. Sun Toyota’s service experts are here to make sure your vehicle is running smoothly.
Here are 3 things to think about when your brake pads start to get squeaky.
Typically, brake pads last from 50,000 to 80,000 miles. If a driver spends most of his or her time on the highway, pads could survive a little longer. That annoying guy you got stuck behind, who stayed in the left lane and continuously tapped the brakes? He might need to service them a little sooner.
A more likely scenario could be a newspaper delivery driver – someone who drives all day and continuously applies the brakes. Such a situation can result in squeaky brakes in less than 10,000 miles. What happens is, brakes wear down a brake pad until it hits the squealer – a thin piece of metal attached perpendicularly to the pad. That’s right. Your brake pads are designed to squeal, alerting you that they’re a bit worn.
Don’t panic. If your brake pads just started making this noise, just bring them in and get them serviced. No real damage has been done – yet. (Cue menacing music.)
However, if you let your brakes squeal too long, they’ll continue to wear, which could lead to a much worse sound. The grinding, metal-on- metal sound of your rotors being damaged. If this happens, you may have to replace your rotors, which means added cost on your end.
So, make sure you service your brakes on time. You’ll save yourself a little money and a lot of headaches.
The harsh squeal described above is a sure indicator of worn brakes. It’s usually drawn out and sometimes constant. Not all noises from your brakes are bad, though. For instance, if you back out of the driveway first thing in the morning and you hear a light chirp when you press the brakes, don’t worry. Moisture can build up on the surface of the pads and rotors, resulting in a slight slip/stick condition, which creates that harmless peep. Eventually, the moisture will burn off and your brakes won’t make a sound.
Squealing can also occur when your brakes reach high temperatures. The heat can expand the metal, changing its shape ever so slightly, resulting in a shrill tone. No biggie. Your brakes will cool off and you’ll be on your way.
Now that you know the causes, make sure you take action when necessary. If you start hearing that squeal, it could be a problem with your brakes. Stay a step ahead. Drivers in Holiday, Tampa and Wesley Chapel, FL, visit the service center at Sun Toyota and get your brakes checked today.
All car parts are important, but your transmission is absolutely vital. It’s the component that switches the gears in your car, so that the proper amount of power is being distributed. Essentially, it governs how other critical parts, such as its engine and wheels, work together.
Given the effect it has on the rest of your car, it’s easy to see why routine maintenance is so important. Here are 3 things that may tell you it’s time to service your transmission at Sun Toyota.
Whether it’s your roof or a milk carton, finding a leak is rarely good news. Transmission leaks are no different.
Transmission fluid is used to lubricate moving parts in your transmission. Unlike other vehicle fluids, such as motor oil or windshield wiper fluid, it isn’t meant to dissipate over time, so if you find out it’s running low, chances are there’s a problem.
Another way to tell you have a leaky transmission is by, well, seeing it leak. The fluid is generally red, with a slick texture and a sweet smell. If you see a puddle of this on your driveway, it’s time to get your transmission checked.
If you smell transmission fluid, but there’s no sign of a leak, that could be a problem as well. Sometimes the fluid can start to burn, which will intensify its odor. But, if your transmission fluid is burning, your transmission itself may be burning too.
So, be aware of any smells. Sure, you’ll look funny sniffing your car, but it’s a small price to pay. A lot smaller than the cost of replacing your transmission.
OK, we’ve covered sights and smells. Now let’s listen. A tell-tale sign that something isn’t working properly is funny noises. The same can be said for your transmission.
Manual and automatic transmissions may act differently when they begin to malfunction, but any uncommon sounds should be evaluated. A manual transmission could start making a grinding sound when something goes wrong. A faulty automatic may start whining or buzzing. No matter what kind of transmission you have though, the best noise is no noise.
Anything irregular could be a concern. If you notice a delayed response when you shift gears, that could also be an issue. The best thing to do is to prevent any of this from happening in the first place. Bring your vehicle into Sun Toyota in Holiday for transmission service today.
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