How to Take Care of Your Toyota Tundra Brakes
Take care of your brakes and they will take care of you, too. When it comes to automotive brakes, no one will surely like to take a risk. But even if these components draw the line between life and death, they are still taken for granted by most drivers. Some even push the brakes to their limits by their sick driving habits. If you're not one of those drivers, here are some tips that will help you in taking good care of your Toyota Tundra brakes:
- Drive carefully.
- Use only the right foot when braking.
- Replace the brake fluid and brake components at the right time and interval.
- Inspect the brake fluid level regularly.
- Visually inspect the brake lines.
- If you notice inconsistencies in the brakes, troubleshoot the problem immediately.
When driving, always keep an eye on the road in front of you and determine when to slow down. By so doing, you won't just avoid accidents; you'll also avoid hard braking and unnecessary use of brakes. Another way to avoid constant braking is to always maintain enough distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
Constant foot movement takes a toll on the brakes, so avoid using both feet when braking. If it's at all possible, minimize the use of your brakes.
Check your owner's manual for the suggested replacement intervals of all the components of your Toyota Tundra brakes and stick to the schedule written on it. Even if a certain component still looks fine, when its recommended replacement time comes, don't think twice in doing so. This will help keep your brakes in good working condition.
Make it a point to check the level of the brake fluid in the brake reservoir. This is located under the hood, next to the master cylinder and firewall. Make sure that the fluid level falls between the maximum and minimum marks. If the fluid level is low, fill to the maximum line. It is also wise to replace the brake fluid after two years.
Check the brake lines for leak, cracks, and flakes. If any of these is noticed, have these flexible rubber lines replaced.
Test drive your Toyota Tundra; if there are irregularities in the performance of the brakes, go to the cause of the problem right away. Soft or squishy brakes are indications that the brakes and brake lines need to be bled. Vibrations or pulsations are signs of uneven wear on the brake drums or rotors.