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How often do you need brake service?

This depends largely your specific driving environment. If you have to use your brakes often, like most drivers in Northern Virginia, you'll need brake service more often than someone who does most of their driving on an interstate in rural Virginia. Regular brake inspections (Toyota recommends at least every 6 months or 5000 miles, whichever occurs first) are the key to maximizing brake life without compromising performance and safety.

Why do brakes need periodic replacement?

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The parts that make up your vehicle's brake system (like brake pads, rotors, caliper, and brake fluid) wear down over time and will eventually need to be replaced. One of the most common auto repairs we perform at Ourisman Toyota Chantilly is the replacement of brake pads (or shoes). Regardless of what they are made of (ceramic or metallic), brake pads wear down each time you step on the brake pedal - that's how they work to stop your Toyota car!

If you allow your car's brake pads to wear down too far without replacing them, the metal that holds the pads will make contact with the brake's metal rotors (or drums). This not only makes your brakes less effective (and less safe!), but also increases the wear and tear on your brake rotors/drums, meaning they will need to be replaced as well.

There are several warning signs most drivers will experience before the car brakes (rotor, pads, caliper) reach the point of potential failure or require additional brake services.

While driving in Leesburg or Manassas, listen, look, and pay attention to how your vehicle is driving to help alert you to a looming brake repair. Some common questions you should be asking yourself if you are concerned your brakes need service are:

  • Does your brake's ABS warning light come on when you are driving?
  • Does your Toyota car steer or pull to one side when using your car brakes?
  • Do you hear a grinding or squealing sound when you push the brake pedal?
  • Do you feel a pulsing or does your brake pedal feel spongy when you step on it?

These are common signs but not the only ones that suggest you should bring your Toyota car or truck into Ourisman Chantilly Toyota to have it examined and possibly have your brakes replaced. Any other sights, sounds, or sensations in your car that seem out of the ordinary, or you haven't noticed before also indicate you should bring your car into our Chantilly service department. Remember, auto brakes continually wear themselves down, so if you think you have a problem with the brakes on your car, it will not get better if left alone. Typically, brake repair costs less than replacement. Brakes are the primary safety system on every car and truck, so don't take any chances!








During March, receive a $25.00 rebate via prepaid card for the installation of 

Genune Toyota TCMC front brake pads--see your service consultant for details!

* Most models.  Add $20.00 for Land Cruiser, Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia, 4Runner, and some RAV4.  Toyota vehicles only.  

Valid only at Ourisman Toyota.  Plus tax, shop supplies, and disposal fee if applicable.  Not valid with any

other coupon, discount, special, or offer.  Please see dealer for other important terms and conditions. 

Expiration Date: 03/30/2019