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Signs You Need New Brakes or Brake Pads

Signs You Need New BrakesWhile air bags and active driver assistive technologies have made the road safer, there are no safety features on your car that are more important than your brakes. There’s nothing that contributes more to the safety of your car’s occupants and to that of everyone else in the street than your brakes. Conversely, nothing is more dangerous than driving a car with bad brakes.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a brake expert to figure out if yours need replacing. In fact, if your brakes and brake pads are worn, you should be able to tell without so much as having to take a look at them. Here are some of the biggest warning signs you need new brakes.

  • The brake pedal vibrates. A pulsating or vibrating pedal, which feels a bit like when the ABS kicks in during a panic stop, is a sign of warped rotors. If you are certain your wheels isn’t out of alignment, and if you have recently
  • The brakes make a squealing noise. Don’t worry about it if it only happens once or on rare occasions. But if your brakes squeal regularly, that’s a sign your brake pads need to be replaced. Do so quickly before the problem gets worse.
  • The brakes make a grinding noise. That’s when the problem is worse. If your pads are excessively worn, the brake disc and caliper will rub together and make a terrible grinding noise. You’ll need to replace the rotors in addition to the pads.
  • The car pulls to one side. If the car pulls to one side while braking, this is usually a sign that the pads are wearing unevenly and need to be replaced.

If any of these are happening to you, visit Haddad Toyota at once to get your car back into shape!

Steve the Dummy Helps Save Lives

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Toyota, along with Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ohio State University, has developed a special robot named Steve that helps the automaker test out its pre-collision system (PCS).

Toyota’s PCS aims to stop accidents before they happen. Toyota’s vehicles that have PCS are equipped with a special camera and radar system that detects pedestrians or other obstacles in the road ahead of them. The PCS issues a warning to the driver, and can automatically bring the car to a full stop if necessary.

Steve may be a dummy, but he’s definitely not dumb. Equipped with “skin” that mimics the density and motion of a human being, Steve is able to simulate a real human’s movements and walking speed.

Since Steve moves like a real human being, the scientists are able to test the PCS system on Steve safely and without causing injury.

Don’t worry – Steve doesn’t get injured either. He’s made of a special material that can withstand high impacts, such as being hit by a car.

Toyota hopes that their PCS system will help to prevent accidents and make driving safer. And we all have one “person” to thank for this developing technology – Steve the Dummy!

Come take a look at our Toyota vehicles that are equipped with PCS today!