Toyota Tacoma Brake Disc
Three Ways to Show that You Care Enough for Your Toyota Tacoma Brake Disc
The brake discs are constantly exposed to heat and pressure, so it is no surprise if they are among the parts of the automobile that often break down or necessitate frequent replacement. However, you can prevent the brake discs in your Toyota Tacoma from succumbing to wear—and save money on repair and replacement in the process—through regular maintenance. Keeping the brake disc in good condition is key to ensuring that your Toyota Tacoma's brakes won't fail when you need them the most. Below are a handful of maintenance tips you can use for your Toyota Tacoma brake disc set in your vehicle:
- Ease up on the brake pedal.
Frequent braking tends to heat up the brake disc, speeding up wear and, in extreme cases, cause the brake pedal to bob up and down on its own. If you expect to brake frequently while driving, such in heavy traffic, consider running at a slower speed to put less strain on the brakes.
- Use brake cleaner to clean the disc.
The brake disc tends to accumulate brake dust and grime from regular use. These can prevent it from engaging with the brake pads properly. However, cleaning the disc with typical soap and water will make the surface too slippery. You can use brake cleaner, which is specially formulated to clean the disc surface of impurities without compromising its grip. Most brake cleaners in the market come in a spray bottle, so cleaning can be as simple as spraying the disc and wiping off the excess with a rag.
- Switch to ceramic or NAO pads.
When the time comes to replace the brake pads, it is a good idea to go for ceramic or non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads. Although they cost more than stock semi-metallic brake pads, ceramic and NAO pads are gentler on the brake disc, leading to less disc wear and brake dust residue. Some ceramic/NAO pads sold in the market are also designed to produce less noise when braking. So if you can wiggle a bit more in your budget, consider upgrading to such pads.