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Check your drum brakes!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lentsnh, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. Dec 30, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    I noticed I had alot of play in the brake pedal yesterday. Today I took it to the Toyota dealership (they had a good deal going on). And I was told that I had about 20% on my drum brakes and that they were way out of their adjustment and I was using purely my front brakes to stop.. Thank goodness I was starting to downshift during that time.

    I just had my brakes done at 76,xxx miles and currently I'm at 84,xxx.

    I have hit my ABS a few times.. when I went mudding (06BLUEDBLSPORT remembers ;)) and the guy at Toyota said that could be a sign of why my brakes were out of whack. This was all done for free by the dealership... To good to be true. Well it was true! :)

    But Just a reminder, ALWAYS keep an eye out for your drum brakes. As they do wear more quickly than the front.
     
  2. Dec 30, 2009 at 10:23 PM
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    im at 50k just did my fronts at 45k havent checked the back yet.
     
  3. Dec 30, 2009 at 10:26 PM
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    if you notice alot of looseness in the pedal... might want to get them checked;)
     
  4. Dec 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    The pads are alot softer and are smaller than the fronts.. The fronts will go for about 100,000 miles.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM
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    They do most of the ABS system. thats what made mine wear down so fast.. the adjusters were skewed.
     
  6. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:17 AM
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    I only use 1 set of rear shoes per 2 sets of front pads. Been like this on all my vehicles.
     
  7. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:19 AM
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    No....fronts before rears.

    If the drums are wearing out faster, then there's something else wrong.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    x2 I have never had rears go out before fronts. Got new front pads at 70,000 rears were still gtg
     
  9. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    After you went mudding, did you bother to take the drums off and clean in there?

    Mud is BAD on drum brakes and can get in there and prevent things from working properly, including the adjusters.

    Also, check your ebrake cable system. If you use the ebrake and the cable gets hungup (on mud?) and can't spring back - the shoes could possibly be dragging.
     
  10. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:24 AM
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    chris4x4

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  11. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:29 AM
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    not sure if its still true, but you readjust the rears by backing up. When u apply the brakes it will adjust the rear.
    Weight shifts to the front , thats where the stop power is on any vehic or bike, which is why they can do drums in the rear if the disc power isnt needed(normally)

    Dealers....well they may tell u anything that guides you to work($$ ) for them
     
  12. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:32 AM
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    Yup. Use your parking brakes!!!!!! (adjusts your rears)
     
  13. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    2 sets of fronts to 1 set of rears is pretty normal. You definately have something else going wrong there.
     
  14. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:43 AM
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    I would agree with this.
     
  15. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:44 AM
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    Everyone else said it- If your rears are going faster than you fronts...Something else is up.
     
  16. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:44 AM
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    you sure about that?
     
  17. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:49 AM
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    why did they do it for free? is your truck still under waranty ?
     
  18. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:50 AM
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    I just had my Tacoma's state inspection renewed last week. They check the brakes as part of the inspection. My guy told me I had probably over 75% left on the front brakes and over 85% left on the rear. And I'm at 43K miles.
     
  19. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    For those folks that want to check their own, make sure there is over 5mm of friction material left on the shoes.
     
  20. Dec 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    My shop checked my brakes when he did my winter rim swap & said the rears looked brand new (40k), but my fronts needed to get done in the Spring.
    He said the winter/salt plays havoc with the front discs setups. Is this true? whats true?
     
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