How Do Car Brakes Work?

Car mechanic Repairing brakes on car. He is changing brake disc

The brakes on your vehicle are as essential to your safety as airbags and seatbelts. Peterson Toyota of Sarasota wants to keep you safe when you’re out and about on Sarasota roads. Our service department is available to repair your brakes, where our Toyota-trained and certified technicians will do it right the first time. So, if you’ve been wondering “How do car brakes work,” here are the basic details. 

How Does the Brake System Work?

When compared to other systems in your car, brakes are pretty simple. You might even be able to fix them yourself. When you step on your brake pedal, a small lever pushes a piston into a hydraulic fluid-filled cylinder which causes the brake pad to press against the brake disc and the wheels to slow down their rotation.

How to Take Care of Your Brakes

Proper brake maintenance is crucial to your safety when out cruising Bradenton roads. Be sure that you have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic at least once a year. The experienced service team at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota can do it for you, so call today to schedule a service appointment. Additionally, you should do the following things to care for your brakes:

  • Avoid braking unnecessarily
  • Check out any unusual noises like squeaking, screeching, or grinding
  • Come to a stop slowly and avoid slamming on the brakes!
  • Inspect and replace the brake fluid in your vehicle regularly

How Do You Know if You Need Maintenance on Your Brakes?

If you’re out driving around Venice and any of the following situation happen, bring your Toyota into the service center at Peterson Toyota of Sarasota immediately.

  • You hear strange noises when slowing or stopping
  • Your brake pedal feels squishy
  • Brake fluid is leaking
  • The brake light comes on and stays on
  • You smell a burning odor coming from your vehicle

Have Peterson Toyota of Sarasota Service Your Brakes Today

Peterson Toyota of Sarasota reminds you to stay safe while driving around Port Charlotte. Whatever you need for your Toyota, from brakes to an oil change or even a new car, we will take care of it. Our experienced team is always available to help. Contact us today

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7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL


Phone: (941) 924-7700

7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL


Phone: (941) 924-7700

7435 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL
27.247252 -82.510502
Peterson Toyota of Sarasota 27.247252, -82.510502.