You rely on your factory Toyota brake system to help you stop your vehicle when you’re out on the road. The brake pads are an important part of the system.
What Your Brake Pads Do
When you press the brake pedal, that causes the master brake cylinder to send brake fluid to your brake calipers. The pressure of the fluid forces the calipers to clamp down onto the brake rotors. That produces the resistance needed to slow, and eventually stop, your wheels.
However, both the calipers and rotors are both made of metal. If they made direct contact, that could cause serious damage – including warping. The brake pads sit on the calipers and serve to cushion that contact, protecting both calipers and rotors from harm.
Types of Brake Pads
There are four kinds of brake pads. Organic brake pads are ideal for everyday driving, since they're affordable and dependable. Metallic brake pads feel firmer and are more heat-resistant. Ceramic brake pads are quieter than the other types and are generally more reliable in wet conditions. Finally, carbon fiber brake pads are temperature-resistant and tougher. They also deliver the most exceptional stopping power.
How to Identify Failing Brake Pads
Over time, though, even the highest-quality brake pads can wear down due to the extreme heat and pressure generated when you brake. Signs of this include:
- Whining or vibrating brakes
- A grinding noise from your brakes
- It takes more time and distance to come to a full stop
- Your ABS or brake warning light comes on
Choose Genuine OEM Brake Pads
If you don’t notice any of these signs, remember that your brake pads aren't designed to last forever. Your Toyota brake pads can reliably serve between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, depending on your driving style and traffic conditions. When you do need to replace worn-out brake pads, make sure to replace them in sets either front or rear. Also make sure to choose the best ones for your model. Toyota makes brake pads that are designed specifically for your vehicle and offer a guaranteed compatibility that's unmatched. Find yours in our online auto parts inventory. Order today to enjoy quick shipping!
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