How do front brake discs work?
The brake disc is a metal plate mounted on the wheel hub that is clamped between **2 brake pads **when braking is applied; this causes friction and slows the vehicle down.
How often should brake discs need replacing?
As a rough guide, your brake discs should last between 50k and 70k miles, but there are many variables that could affect this, including driver behaviour, the weight you carry and the speed you travel.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
Incorrect brake function, damaged or excessively worn discs or pads are considered unsafe for your vehicle performance and will cause your car to fail its MOT. Nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes.
What causes brake discs to stop working correctly?
Brake discs wear out over time from continual use. The friction applied by the brake pads, and the intense heat generated, will eventually deform the disc, causing it to become thinner and less effective when performing its job.
Extended use can also cause brake discs to crack, rendering them ineffective. Scars and rust on the disc can be caused by debris thrown from the road and poor weather conditions; this is also effective in reducing the operation of your brake discs.
Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes discs
Braking causes unusual noises
Loud screeching or grinding noises from your brakes is an indication that there is a problem with either your brake discs or pads.
When your car pulls to one side under braking
If only one brake is working correctly, it can cause your car to pull in the direction of the functioning brake.
The car vibrates under braking
Your brake pads or discs could be warped if the pedal vibrates when you press down on it.
The front brake disc shows signs of damage
Look through the wheel for a visual check—if the disc’s surface isn’t smooth, or it displays cracks, grooves, spots or a blue colourisation, then the disc is quite likely damaged.
Your brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated
If any of your dashboard warning lights are illuminated, the sensor that detects problems or worn out parts and components has identified an issue and activated the system.
The Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer, established in 1937, over 80 years ago.
How popular is Toyota in the United Kingdom?
Toyota was the first manufacturer to produce more than 10million vehicles a year, and it has continued to do so since 2012.
There are currently 1.7million on the roads in the UK—a number that has shown consistent growth since their introduction to the UK market.
High-quality motoring—right across the board
Toyota’s current range features luxury saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs, all of which are receiving the steady design upgrade from what were once sensible and steady looking vehicles, into sleeker looking executive sports lines, capable of turning heads at every junction.
Toyota: Market leaders in all-electric and hybrid motoring
Worldwide, Toyota is the market leader in hybrid electric vehicle sales. It’s introduction of the Prius in 1997, the first commercially mass-produced vehicle of its kind, set them on their way as leaders in the field. The UK is no exception, as there are over 80k Prius models on our roads.
There’s more to Toyota than good economy and sensible motoring
As much as the modern market leans towards family SUV motoring and super efficient hybrid fuel economy, don’t be fooled into thinking Toyota is stuck into a single groove.
For those who want more excitement than economy from their driving experience, Toyota makes a selection of cars with much more clout than their sensible city options.
Grab a Toyota GR Supra and you’ll be propelled from 0–62mph in 4.3 seconds using every ounce of its 335bhp. If you want a car that was built for fun and have a spare £52k to lose, then why not put one on your shopping list? As with other Toyota models, it offers great value for the amount of car you’ll be getting.
Toyota’s reliability and reputation
Toyota ranked 3rd place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. They were only just pipped at the post, and by less than 1% for the top spot, by Suzuki; 2nd place went to their very own luxury division, Lexus.
Recent Toyota recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Toyota models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
12/05/2019 – Toyota Yaris (2014–2017)
The wire harnesses of the side airbag sensors could crack and the wires may corrode
04/05/2019 – Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Corolla (2018–2019)
The emergency calling system may not be correctly installed
12/01/2019 – Toyota ProAce (2016–2018)
The tightening torque of the threaded connection between the ball joint and knuckle may decrease… and 2 other issues
23/11/2018 – Toyota Aygo (2005–2014)
The glass on the rear door is not properly glued
23/11/2018 – Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Picnic and Toyota Avensis (2001–2006)
The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may degrade over time due to heat cycles
23/11/2018 – Toyota Corolla/Verso and Toyota Avensis (2001–2006)
The airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system has been assembled with application-specific integrated circuits that are susceptible to internal shorting
17/11/2018 – Toyota Auris HV and Toyota Prius/Plus (2010–2014)
Due to a software error in the ECU, the vehicle may not enter in a fail-safe driving mode
16/11/2018 – Toyota GT86 (2012–2013)
Due to a production error of the valve sprint, performance load may exceed the valve spring’s fatigue strength and may fracture
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.