Toyota 4Runner Brake Disc and Pad Kit
How to Take Care of Your New Toyota 4Runner Brake Disc and Pad Kit
A new OEM Toyota 4Runner brake disc and pad kit should solve a ton of braking problems in your vehicle, but it can only go so far without some maintenance on your part. Although they are highly durable, the brake discs and brake pads are designed to wear out over time. And whether you will replace your ride's brake discs and pads again next year or in the next 5 years all depends on how you take care of these components.
Do you want your Toyota 4Runner's brake discs and pads to last longer? Here are some maintenance tips to check out:
- Change and refill the brake fluid periodically.
The hydraulic brake fluid is what transfers the energy from your foot on the brake pedal to the disc brakes, so when it runs low or goes bad, you can certainly expect problems with the brakes. The 4Runner's brake fluid reservoir has indicators to tell you whether the fluid level is low, so refill it once it hits the low mark. Also, check the color and consistency of the brake fluid. Ideally, the brake fluid should have a clear, smooth appearance with a yellowish tinge. If it starts to get an amber color with dark particles at the bottom, the fluid has gone bad and must be replaced.
- Make sure to use the right kind of brake fluid for your vehicle.
Like most Toyota-made vehicles, the 4Runner runs on silicone-based brake fluid, so make sure that the new fluid is of the correct type before refilling. Also, check the manufacturing date on the container and avoid those that are more than a year old. Brake fluid has the tendency to absorb moisture from the air, which can lead to corrosion inside the brake lines and the calipers.
- Bed in any new set of brake pads.
"Bedding in" is basically a procedure that optimizes the brake pads for use with your vehicle's disc brakes. There are many ways you can do this, although the most popular form is braking lightly while driving at low speeds for a total of 100 miles. Do this on an empty stretch or road or a large unused parking lot to avoid accidents.