Why Service at Cox Toyota?
- Competitive prices
- Factory trained technicians
- Convenient hours
- Convenient location
- State-of-the-art facilities & tools
- On site rental cars
- Protection products
- All makes & models serviced
How do brakes work?
Most passenger vehicles today use a similar braking system called disc (also known as rotors) brakes. When you press your brake pedal it pushes a piston which pushes brake fluid. This brake fluid is forced through a cylinder and it squeezes out another opening into another cylinder at greater force. With the help of calipers, this greater force is applied to brake pads which press against the brake disc creating friction. This friction stops your wheel. Some vehicles have drum brakes on the back wheels which work in a similar manner, but instead of the disc they have shoes inside a wheel hub that moves out. The shoe pushes against the wheel which causes the friction.
What are the benefits of having my brakes serviced?
Your vehicle’s braking system is one of your most important, if not the most important, safety features of your vehicle. Routine preventative maintenance will not only help you have a safer vehicle it will help prevent costly repair or replacement of more expensive parts.
When should I have my brakes serviced? / How can I tell if I need to have my brakes serviced?
Ask for a free brake inspection whenever you come by. If you get your oil changed every 5000 miles or so, then that would be a good time to have your brakes looked at. However, brake wear depends greatly on how you drive and how often you use your brakes so you may need service more often. Some signs of needed brake service are:
- Dashboard brake light or service light comes on.
- Your brake pedal pushes further down than before
- Your vehicle stopping distance is increased at normal speeds
- You feel a pull to one side when you step on the brake pedal
- You hear squeaks, grinding, or unusual noises when you step on or release your brake pedal.
- You hear squeaks, grinding, or unusual noises when you turn.
For your safety and the safety of others, please have your brakes checked without delay if you notice any of these signs or feel your brake performance may be diminished for any reason.
Do I ever need to have my brake fluid changed?
Yes. Most all manufacturers today recommend you flush and replace the brake fluid at regular intervals. Check out your owner’s manual for the best info on your particular model. Brake fluid absorbs moisture that gets into your braking system. Eventually, your system is susceptible to rust from this moisture and to the brake fluid not working as it was designed due to the moisture.
What causes my brakes to need service so soon?
- Using cheap brake pads or other cheap brake parts.
- Heavy traffic which causes you to brake more often.
- Fast driving with hard braking.
- Stop & go driving.
- Hilly & curvy roads which require more braking.
- Keeping your foot on the brake while driving, even if it’s lightly pressed.
How much does brake repair cost?
There really isn’t a quick answer to the cost of brake service. As shown above, brake systems are made up of a lot of different components. Different parts may need service and the pricing for each service can be substantially different. Brake pads may be relatively inexpensive, but if the rotors have been damaged then that is a more costly repair. Feel free to call our Service Department to get a quote.
We service brakes, repair brakes, and replace brakes in Burlington, NC. We also serve Greensboro, Graham, Mebane, Gibsonville, and surrounding areas.