Toyota Tundra Brake Disc and Pad Kit
Maintenance Tips for the Toyota Tundra Brake Disc and Pad Kit
The brake disc and brake pad are among the most important brake parts of the Toyota Tundra, so it is only right that it must be properly maintained. In this guide, we'll share key tips on how to maintain the Toyota Tundra brake disc and pad kit.
- Do not use the brake pads beyond their recommended service life.
Because of their abrasive nature, the brake pads will inevitably wear out over time. When this time comes, however, is variable, but most brake pads sold nowadays come with a built-in wear indicator. Once the brake pad's friction material becomes too thin, it exposes the wear indicator and causes it to rub against the brake disc, resulting in an audible screeching sound.
Once you hear noises coming out of your brakes, check both the brake pads and the disc for wear. Do not under any circumstances continue using worn brake pads, as this will start to damage the rotor surface.
- Refill and replace brake fluid regularly.
Brake fluid levels tend to drop as the brake discs and brake pads wear over time, and when it falls too low it will cause the brake disc to heat up and get damaged. So once the fluid levels inside the brake fluid reservoir hits the ADD mark, refill to recommended levels with brake fluid specified in the filler cap.
In addition, it is also recommended to "bleed" out and replace the brake fluid in your truck every two years, regardless of whether it is full or not. This is because brake fluid tends to absorb moisture through exposure to air as well as through microscopic pores in the rubber hose. And as the concentration of moisture increases, it causes the fluid's boiling point to drop and make it more prone to overheating. In addition, water-laden brake fluid can also become the source of corrosion and pitting in the brake caliper pistons and bores.
- Resurface the disc if there's only minimal damage.
Constant exposure to friction will eventually leave grooves or pits in the brake rotor surface, resulting in a noticeable drop in braking performance as well as jarring vibrations every time you step on the brake pedal. If the damage to the surface is minimal, the disc can still be saved by having it resurfaced. Resurfacing involves grinding down the rotors with a lathe to return it to its smooth state. This process can give your brake rotors additional mileage, although this can only be done once per rotor.