Seems like anytime I have to do anything to it, something always holds up the works, either a rusted bolt or bent pin or whatever. My motorcycle is 30 years old and is a million times easier to work on than my 9 year old truck. Decided to do the brakes today, last time I replaced the fronts was 8/06, and I've never replaced the rears. Took an hour to get the rears apart, both drums where welded on there. After getting them off finally and cleaning them, I compared the brand new ones with the ones that are on there, and there's no difference, the ones on there barely look worn.
OK, take the new ones back, on to the front. Sprayed the pins with PB blaster and let sit a little while, and then tried to tap the pins that hold the pads out, no go. Tried to tap a little harder, eventually the botton pin started to move but the top just mushroomed and bent.
Got the dremel out and tried to cut the old pin off, got half of it out but the other half was welded to the caliper, nothing at all would move it. Finally had to drill the other side out, all in all took about 3 hours just getting the drivers side caliper apart.
Why in the name of all that is good in this world did Toyota decide on this method of holding the pads in? There's no way a 5 year old caliper should be this difficult to take apart. I haven't even touched the other side, it got dark so the other side's just soaking in PB Blaster until tomorrow.
What's the secret?