While they're essential for a safe and reliable drive, brakes are just like any other parts. They need maintenance from time to time and occasionally require service or repairs to stay in good condition. If you're in need of brake repair near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton, visit the service center at Maguire Toyota.

Why Brakes Need Service

Stopping a moving vehicle is no small feat. Your brakes work hard to help you slow down and stop safely. They use pressure and friction to reduce your speed. Over time, that can take a toll on some of the parts involved.

When you step on the brake pedal, the pressure you apply to it forces brake fluid to travel through the brake lines and out towards your wheels. Each wheel has a metal rotor that spins as you drive. Just above that you'll find a set of calipers. Your brake pads are attached to the inside of the calipers and hover above the rotors.

After you step on brakes, the calipers push the brake pads up against the rotors. Brake pads are designed to create friction. This causes the rotors to spin slower and eventually slows your vehicle down.

Most Common Brake Repairs

As you can see, the brake system involves a lot of parts. Some wear down over time, while others need to be inspected or refilled. The brake services that our technicians perform most frequently are:

  • Replacing brake pads
  • Refilling brake fluid
  • Checking the brake lines
  • Repairing cracked or warped rotors

Signs You Need Brake Repair

When your brakes aren't working properly, your car has a few ways of telling you. There are signs you can pick up based on how your car is driving, plus a few built-in warnings. Scheduling service is recommended if you notice any of the following:

  • Squeaking Brakes - Every driver knows that infamous sound, but believe it or not, it's actually a friendly reminder to get maintenance. Brake pads are designed to squeak when they're worn down and need to be replaced.
  • Dashboard Lights - If you see a dashboard warning light for your anti-lock brakes or main brake system, you should schedule service immediately.
  • Sinking/Stuck Pedal - A clear sign that you've got low brake fluid is if you step on the brake pedal and it feels like it's either stuck or slowly sinking down.
  • Pulling or Drifting - If your car pulls to the sign when you use the brakes, it's a safe bet that one of your brake lines is damaged or clogged.
  • Vibrating Steer Wheel - Drivers who feel rough vibrations through the steering wheel when they brake may be driving with a warped or cracked rotor.

Schedule Brake Service

If you notice any of these signs that you need brake repair, schedule service with us online. We have a highly trained team of technicians who can help you slow down and stop safely every time. At Maguire Toyota, our goal is to provide drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton with a service center that you can count on.

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Maguire Toyota of Ithaca

370 Elmira Road
Directions Ithaca, NY 14850

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  • Monday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed