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Front brakes, how hard to service them?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by ZMan2k2, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Apr 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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    Rich91710

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    Funny... first few times doing disc (back in the 70s) I'd pull the pads and then run the c-clamp all the way into the bottom of the (single) piston.
    Got tired of wearing out my finger spinning the clamp and cut a block of wood into the shape of a pad.
    Used it once, then the fog cleared in my head and I just left the pads in.

    And I think my '03 Tundra was a 4-piston caliper. I only changed those pads once in the 130k I had that truck, but I remember compressing the pistons being more of a pain than normal. Pretty sure I compressed them still on the rotor, and slipped shims between the pads and rotor until the pistons were seated.
     
  2. May 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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    Talking Rock Taco

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    Had my 2012 Tacoma in the dealer today when the Door Remote stopped and they reprogrammed it and told me my front pads were almost gone.
    42K miles and gone? True we live in the mountains but my last 2 Chevys
    had a lot more life for pads on the same roads. Had 189K miles on Colorado
    with one set of pads. HHR had 89K miles with 1 set of pads. Do I drive my Taco harder-NO! the Colorado had been on a road race course 3 times in 3 years so I don't think that is the problem. What should the life of Ceramic Pads be on a 4wd-4dr Taco? BTW: Replaced them with ceramic pads. Any
    help with this question.:confused:
     
  3. May 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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    Ronn

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    There's no set brake pad life. Pull the wheel off and have a look, it takes about 15 minutes for both sides while drinking a beer!;)
     
  4. Nov 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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    jjew18

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    Just did this, thanks for the vid Chris, made it super easy.
     
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