Don't Let these Signs of a Failing Brake System Go Unnnoticed

Your vehicle's brake system is one of your car's most important systems! Your car uses a highly complex system consisting of friction material, calipers or wheel cylinders and an intricate assembly of springs, a master cylinder, boosters, rotors and pads or drums and shoes, hoses, steel lines, hydraulics, valves and sometimes computers.

Check the information below to learn more about common issues that can occur with your vehicle's brake system.

Warning Light

Most modern cars have a dashboard warning that alerts you when there is a possible issue with your brakes. It's always a smart idea to check your vehicle owner's manual to familiarize yourself with your vehicle's warning lights.

Odd Sounds

Brake grinding is always a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If this does not remedy the problem you should take your car in to be serviced by the Toyota of Greenville service pros.

Temperamental Pedal

A brake pedal should feel firm when it is functioning normally, as if it has a tight hold on the brakes. A "soft" or "spongy" break pedal is unsafe. Driving with a soft brake pedal could place you and your passengers in danger. The most common cause of a soft brake pad is air in the brake line(s).

What's that Smell?

You should never ignore the smell of melting plastic or electrical insulation. Every electrical circuit is designed to carry a specific amount of current and when a wire or component shorts, the circuit draws more power than it can handle. Toyota of Greenville professional technicians are equipped to locate and repair these electrical problems before they become big and potentially dangerous issues.

Visual Cues

There are a few visual signs that indicate whether it is time to change your brake pads and brake fluid. Brake fluid can become old and worn out, just like motor oil. Parts and debris deteriorate and end up in your brake fluid.

A great way to visually check whether you need new brake pads is by examining them through the spokes of the car wheel.


Have you ever felt like your car has a mind of its own? Like it wants to make a right or left hand turn when you're braking or driving? If this is the case it could be indicating an issue with the braking system. First check your brake pads to make sure they are worn out evenly on both sides.

If you suspect your car is having braking issues and you aren't sure where they are stemming from, bring it to Toyota of Greenville for a Brake Inspection!