I've got an 01 Tacoma Xtra Cab 2wd (4 cyl manual) w/ 115k miles.
Stock pads died at 60k (I thought it was pretty good) so I replaced them with some OEM TRD pads and now they're up for replacement at 115k
Stock rotors were turned for the first time at 80k and needs to be replaced now at 115k. I was lazy the first time and didn't think I needed to have the rotors turned when I replaced the pads but it sucked when I had to pull them off at 80k. The rotors are actually attached to the hub so you have to remove everything (bearings and all) in order to get to it. A local shop put them on the machine and resurfaced them for $10; however, they had to turn the rotors attached to the hub. They also told me that it was pretty close to the minimum tolerance and should be replaced soon.
OEM Rotors $75 each + shipping
OEM Pads $55 for a pair + shipping
Total $205 + ship
I got quotes to have a local shop do it and they wanted $350-370, dealer wanted $380 (+ tax).
- Is it really worth it to not go OEM for the price difference?
- Are the hawk pads (seen on forums) that much better than the OEMs?
- Brembo vs. Autozone vs. OEM rotors? 1/2 the price = 1/2 the quality?
- Can I just bolt on the new rotors and start driving or will I they need to be turned since the hub and rotor are bolted together?
- Should I go ahead and replace the wheel bearings too?
- Do bearings need to be "repacked"?
- Is it really necessary to flush the brake fluid at the same time (I haven't even really needed to top it off)?
The pictures below are from when I turned the rotors at 80k. This sucks because if I had a 4x4 more people would know what I'm talking about but since it's a 4x2 there aren't as many people on the forums. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
- Gotten half of the calipers out of the way
- Rotor was free but had no idea how to take it off until I realized that the whole hub had to come off!
- Removed Grease Cap (cotter pin and crazy bottle cap nut)
- Removed bolts that attach rotor