Discs, Rotors, and Hardware for Toyota Sequoia
As the driver, you know that the Toyota Sequoia is known for towing capacity, power seats and other convenient features. The multi-use capability of the Sequoia makes it a vehicle that undergoes considerable wear and tear. Regardless of the model year you own, it is good to make sure the SUV's brakes are well-maintained for safety and efficiency.How do you know it's time to replace the brakes?
Toyota brake replacement can occur any time between 10,000 and 50,000 miles. Here are ways to determine when the brakes need to be replaced:
- Squealing: Indicates the brake pads are worn and need replaced. Sometimes, only the pads need replaced unless the rotors are damaged.
- Grinding: Grinding suggests the pads have worn and the metal is digging into the rotors, damaging them.
- Reduced responsiveness: A sinking pedal indicates a brake fluid leak.
- Pulling: The brake linings are wearing on one side.
- Vibration: When the brake pedal vibrates or pulsates, the rotors may be warped.
The brake calipers are among the most important parts of your Sequoia. They work with the rotors, brake pads, and the entire Toyota hydraulic system. If they are going bad, replacement is needed. Here's how to tell if the calipers are failing:
- Brake fluid leak: The boot and rubber seal that prevents fluid leakage from the caliper may fail, seriously impeding braking ability.
- Strange sounds: A thud or high-pitched sound coming from a wheel when the brakes are applied indicates a caliper issue.
- Pulling: A caliper that seizes can cause the vehicle to pull to one side.
The vacuum brake booster on a Toyota Sequoia may be going bad if it is difficult to operate the pedal, the pedal feels spongy, or it stops working completely. The booster is susceptible to damage and wear and tear, so it is good to replace it when it stops functioning properly.Why won't the parking brake work on an incline?
Rear disc brakes are responsible for holding the vehicle in place when the parking brake is engaged. The Toyota Sequoia owner's manual states that the tires should be turned toward the curb when parked. However, discs that have shrunk will be ineffective.How do you change Toyota Sequoia rotors and brakes?
Make sure the vehicle is secure on a car jack and then do the following:
- Remove the tire.
- Remove the two bolts from the calipers and the bolts from the caliper brackets.
- Replace the brake pads in the calipers.
- Slide off the old rotor and replace with new rotors.
- Reinstall everything in reverse order and repeat for each wheel.