Do I Need Brake Service?

Knowing when to check your brakes is usually easy for many Toyota drivers in and around Katy, Tx. The big sign is a loud squealing when you press your brakes. This means that your brake pads are wearing down, or have already worn down. When life gets too busy, it's hard to stop and get the brake repair check you need, but you can't ignore the squealing of your brakes either. It's very important to properly maintain your brakes to keep you safe while driving. Without working brakes, you risk being unable to stop your car in a timely manner, and this may cause either a small fender bender or a major accident. 

Where Can I Get My Brakes Repaired in Katy, Cypress or Sugar Land, TX?

Our expert Toyota Service technicians at Toyota of Katy are here for you! When you first notice your brakes squealing, call us. While it may be tempting to pull into any repair shop to have them look at your car's brakes, you will want trained and certified Toyota brake specialists working on your Toyota. After all, who knows your Toyota car, truck or Toyota SUV better than Toyota trained specialists? Our service staff will gladly answer all your questions, provide you with an estimate prior to service, as well as provide you with an estimated time of completion so you can get back on the road, and taking care of your daily routine!
Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car so why take chances on re-built or inferior brake products? Genuine Toyota brake components are 
designed specifically for your car and built to the same high standards as your original parts. From brake pads to calipers, rotors, drums and shoes, Genuine Toyota brake components help provide safety and durability.  Schedule a Toyota Brake Inspection, Service or Repair at Toyota of Katy to keep your vehicle safe.

Our Service Center in Katy, TX can handle all your brake repair needs! Schedule your appointment today with our friendly and professional service technicians. We also specialize in Scion and Lexus brake repair needs. 

Our Toyota Brake Specialists are Here For You

If you are wondering the difference between brake pads and brake rotors, you are not alone. We are here to help you, so the following questions and answers will clear up these questions you may have. You can also contact our Toyota Service Specialists to answer any questions you may have that is specific to your Toyota.

What are Brake Pads and How Long Do They Last?

The brake pads on most modern vehicles are located on each of the two front wheels. When you apply your brakes, two big clamps called calipers grab a metal rotor that's positioned on the back side of each wheel. The calipers are fitted with pads to reduce friction and prevent the screech from metal-on-metal contact. (In fact, hearing noise when the brakes are applied is one sign that brake pads need to be replaced.)

How long brake pads can last depends on driving conditions. Do you brake a lot? Are you driving in stop-and-go traffic regularly? Brake pads on your vehicle might only last for 3 years or 30,000 miles. If you spend a lot of time driving on the highway and refrain from slamming on the brakes frequently, you might get as much as 7 years and 70,000 miles from your brake pads.

What are Brake Rotors and How Long Do They Last?

Your brake rotors are attached to the front wheels on your vehicle. When you push down on your brake pedal, calipers that are fitted with brake pads grab on to the rotors. Sometimes, the rotors can come out of round, making it harder for the calipers to make proper contact.

Worn or out-of-round rotors can be reshaped in a process called turning, but it must be done by a knowledgeable mechanic. Rotors can be turned once or twice before they need to be replaced entirely, usually around the 70,000-mile mark. Ask a technician at our Toyota service center in Katy for advice about turning or replacing your brake rotors.

How Do You Know if You Need New Brake Pads or Rotors?

You can also go by your average miles traveled and automatically have your pads replaced and rotors checked every 30,000 miles or so. On most vehicles, you can also inspect the brake pads by looking through your wheel's spokes or cutout areas. Look for pads that are less than 1/4-inch and make sure they are inspected by a qualified Toyota technician and replaced.

Always listen carefully to your brakes. If you notice a clicking or squealing sound when you stop, have your pads checked and replaced. Other signs that your brake pads or rotors need to be checked and replaced include your car pulling to one side when you brake or the brake pedal vibrating. Of course, if you notice that your braking system simply isn't as fast as it once was, it may be necessary to have them inspected.

If you do not replace brake pads when they are worn, you risk increasing the friction and heat to your entire braking system, which can put undue stress on the rest of the components. This could lead to premature failure or problems with stopping quickly. Installing new brake pads on worn rotors can make your brakes less efficient and require you to replace the pads more often.

If you have any doubts about brake pads or rotors, schedule an appointment or call our qualified service staff. We gladly assist drivers in Katy, Cypress, Sugar Land, Richmond and the surrounding areas.


Toyota of Katy

21555 Katy Freeway
Directions Katy, TX 77450

  • Sales: (844) 809-1063
  • Service: (832) 772-1700
  • Parts: (832) 772-1777

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 7:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed