When you carry a name like the Toyota Starlet, you predispose people to expecting certain things. After all, the term "starlet" refers to someone on the rise, someone expected to become a star. Does this Toyota live up to the hype? With a track record spanning close to 3 decades, one would be hard-pressed to respond in the negative. Tagged as a subcompact, the Starlet entered the American consumer consciousness in an age where smaller cars were the rage in Europeand the Americans wanted a piece of the action. It quickly garnered a lot of positive reviews for being stylish and reliable.
Sure, by today's standards, a lot of the models of the Toyota Starlet look decidedly dated, but way back when, they were the bee's knees. The first models did away with the exaggerated curves and excess bulk that used to define "beauty" for an automobile. Additionally, unlike most other car models, this one retained its looks up until it met the end of its production run in 1999. The engines they slapped onto this ride weren't the most powerful, truebut they did get you where you needed to go, and saved you a bucket-load in fuel expenses.
Clearly, the Toyota Starlet never over-awed anyone, but it didn't really need to. It was confident and comfortable enough in its niche that, even today, it's still a popular choice for those looking for a simple ride to get them from A to B with no hitches. It's unsurprising that many manufacturers still deal in a lot of great-quality Toyota Starlet parts and accessories. That means that loyal owners and newer ones can fix up or upgrade everything from the lights and mufflers, all the way up to the delicate and sensitive components in the engine! Now that, is true star quality.
Keep Your Toyota Starlet’s Brake Working with these Maintenance Tips
Making sure your Toyota Starlet is able to stop at your command is important. Your car brake is an irreplaceable safety feature that keeps your Starlet under control. Most accidents usually happen due to a faulty brake system where the driver is unable to stop his vehicle at the right time.
Below are the steps you need to follow to keep your Starlet's brake system working at its best.
- Maintain an optimal brake fluid level.
The first and easiest to check is the brake fluid level of your Toyota Starlet. This fluid is responsible for transferring the force from the brake pedal to the wheel hub of your vehicle. It also lubricates parts of your brake system in order to protect them from friction. Over time, the brake fluid absorbs moisture that makes it less efficient as a hydraulic fluid as well as a lubricant. Not changing the fluid can put your Starlet at risk of a brake failure during your drive.
Look for the brake fluid reservoir within the engine. The reservoir is usually made of plastic. You'll be able to tell the level of the car's available brake fluid through its plastic indicator. If you need to add in more brake fluid, wear gloves and eye protection since the fluid is corrosive. Use an old rag to immediately clean away any spills or drops. Avoid placing the used rag in any ordinary trash bin. Place the rag in a used tin can before putting it in the trash to safely dispose it.
- Check the brake pad regularly.
Your Starlet's brake pad and the disc rotor are responsible for stopping your car. When you press on the brake pedal, the pad makes contact with the rotors behind the wheels. The two are constantly exposed to friction and high temperatures. Worn-out brake pads can make It difficult to stop your Starlet immediately.
Check your car manual to see how to detach the brake pad from the wheel in order to inspect it. As the brake pad wears down, it exposes a small amount of metal, and this creates a screeching sound on your rotor when you press down the brake pad. If you are able to see any metal showing from the pad, you'll need to consider replacing it with a new one.
- Observe the condition of the brake rotors.
As mentioned above, the disc rotor is also responsible for stopping your Toyota Starlet. Unlike the brake pads, you can inspect the disc through a portal located within the brake caliper without having to detach it from the vehicle. Check for any visible rust or significant amount of wear on the disc. It is important to measure the thickness of the rotors. If it is less than the recommended minimum thickness, you need to replace it with a new one.
Take care of your Toyota Starlet by keeping its brake system in top shape with these tips, and it'll take care of you as well as your passengers when you take it out on the road.