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Toyota Tacoma Brake Disc and Pad Kit

How to Keep the Toyota Tacoma Brake Disc and Pad Kit in Top Condition

The Chevrolet Tahoe is fitted with a brake disc and pad system that provides effective and accurate braking even under stressful conditions. However, they are also more vulnerable to wear. This is why, compared to drum brakes, the brake discs and brake pads require more frequent checkups and maintenance. Maintaining the Toyota Tacoma brake disc and pad kit can be quite a hassle, but it is essential if you want your brakes to function well at all times. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to make the process easier:

  • Replace the brake fluid regularly.

One of the simplest maintenance ways you can keep your brakes running in top form is by changing the brake fluid on a regular basis. Brake fluid can lose its effectiveness over time, and can be contaminated with dirt or rust particles the brake fluid reservoir, brake lines, or the brake caliper. Ideally, the brakes of the Tacoma should be "flushed" and replaced with a new batch of brake fluid once in every two years, although this must be done sooner if the fluid is already dark in color or shows signs of contamination.

  • Make sure to use the right type of brake fluid.

Toyota Tacoma disc brakes require silicone-based brake fluid, which can be DOT 3, DOT 4, or DOT 5. Check with your truck's manual the exact type of fluid you need to get. In addition, make sure that the container of the fluid has manufacturing date that is less than a year old; brake fluid tends to absorb air and water vapor over time, which may lead to corrosion in the brake lines.

  • Make sure to "bed in" new brake pads.

"Bedding in" a new set of brake pads is essential as it removes the protective coating of the pads and leaves a layer of brake dust on the brake disc surface for a better grip. The process varies on the type of pads you have, although it generally involves lightly braking for a hundred miles at low driving speeds. Refer to the manual that came with the pads.

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  • Tips in Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Toyota Tacoma Brake Disc and Pad Kit Failure

    Your Toyota Tacoma brake disc and pad kit can encounter many problems throughout its lifetime, and troubleshooting them is crucial in determining the right fix. Below are some common problems you are likely to experience with the brake disc and brake pads of your Tacoma and how you can troubleshoot them:

    More pressure needed to engage the brakes

    If you find yourself stepping on the brake pedal harder than usual, the first thing you need to check is the brake fluid. Low brake fluid level can cause the brake caliper to not engage the brake. Check the brake fluid reservoir and refill it as necessary.

    Brake pedal bobs up and down.

    The brake pedal should remain stationary unless stepped on, so once it starts to move on its own is a serious warning sign. In most instances, this is caused by the brakes overheating due to constant use, so you can try laying off the brake pedal for a while to see if it fixes the problem. But if the pedal still pulsates even when the brakes are cool, it's likely that the brake disc has warped and will need to be replaced.

    Vibrations coming from the steering wheel

    Many often attribute the cause of a rattling steering wheel to a fault somewhere in the steering and suspension system, but this can also be caused by a damaged brake disc. So once this occurs, check the condition of the brake disc surface. Pits and scores on the surface of the brake disc can cause the caliper to vibrate, and such vibration travels up and all the way to the steering wheel.

    Wheels pulling to one side

    If the wheels are pulling either to the left or right when you step on the pedals, it could be due to a stuck brake caliper. To troubleshoot this, check if the brake fluid reservoir is within the recommended levels; low fluid levels cause the caliper to get stuck, gripping the surface of the brake disc. If the brake fluid isn't the culprit, have the brake disc inspected by a mechanic. Such instances may necessitate resurfacing of the brake disc or, in worst-case scenarios, replacement.