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How to Change Front Brakes (Pads and Rotors)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LoadedTaco, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. Mar 26, 2018 at 4:50 PM
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    SaphiraTaco

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    Thanks for the video! Here are my old pads with 96K. Went ahead and bought the brake caliper tool which made the job super easyIMG_3944.jpg IMG_3947.jpg
     
  2. Jun 26, 2018 at 3:08 PM
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    Thank you for the video also! +1.
    I'm about to embark on this next week, post the 4th.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2018 at 9:38 AM
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  4. Jul 10, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    I upgraded my front brakes a few months back and this video, along with others, helped. When I bought it from the original owner, the truck would pulse when braking from 60+ mph to a stop. It wasn't severe, but more annoying. I went with the drilled and slotted Powerstop brakes kit and replaced it. Problem fixed!

    I bought the tool to compress the pistons, which I can see really helped me vs doing it with a screwdriver or something. I didn't bleed the lines, but made sure to remove the brake reservoir cap.
    The rotors needed a few smacks from my sledge to come loose. That as a little nerve wracking, but it all worked out.
    I made sure to properly break-in the brakes.

    The brakes have been working flawlessly since and I'm glad I did this.
     
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  5. Jul 12, 2018 at 4:53 PM
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    Got the TRD Brake Pads + new OEM rotors in for my front. All works as it should and very happy with the performance thus far.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2018 at 7:32 PM
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    Any hints on freeing the caliper pins? Both are rusted on pretty good. I was able to hammer/wrench out the top pin, but the bottom is seized and I'm having a hard time finding an angle to hammer it out.
     
  7. Jul 31, 2018 at 12:18 PM
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    I would suggest a pair of pliers; I'm an electrician and would use my linesman's pliers. I would put the nose of the pliers up against the pin and hit that with a hammer. Just make sure that the hinge side of the pliers is against the pin.

    I assume you've sprayed them with pb blaster or something...

    Good luck.:thumbsup:
     
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  8. Aug 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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  9. Dec 14, 2018 at 9:56 AM
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    My mechanic is pretty good about using OEM stuff on my truck - Problem is the calipers only last about a year before I get a warped rotor... Tend to be the driver's side. Very frustrating to say the least.

    Can I get a recommendation for calipers that will actually work and last longer than a year? Done with crappy parts.
    Thanks
     
  10. Dec 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    That's odd indeed.

    I'm just going to start forking out for OEM calipers and likely rotors. Like you, I'm done with hit-or-miss aftermarket parts.
     
  11. Dec 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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    Typo - My mech uses OEM...They aren't lasting...
     
  12. Dec 14, 2018 at 10:05 AM
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    Is he using brand new OEM from the dealership? Or remans/"OEM quality"? I ask because for a brand new OEM calipers to crap out in a year is pretty uncommon, especially repeatedly.
     
  13. Dec 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM
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    I don't have first-hand experience yet, but others seem happy with this, which is my plan when the time comes.
     
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    Great Q - I'll be taking it in next week - needs an oil change. I'll get an answer then.

    If it means I switch over to after market high performance stuff like the power stop red calipers then so be it. Not looking forward to wrenching in the driveway in December though...
     
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  15. Dec 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM
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    Definitely get a straight answer from your mechanic. I'm not making any assumptions here, but I wouldn't be surprised if new-from-the-dealership OEM calipers weren't being used. I just can't fathom OEM calipers going out in a year.

    In the meantime, check out the link in @Norton's post. Definitely worth considering, and the linked post's author does his homework with things like this.
     
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    Thanks - Just read the whole thing - I'm betting crappy parts + crappy breaking habits caused the crappy pads to imprint on the crappy rotor.

    No mechanic has ever advised regarding a break-in procedure...
     
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  17. Dec 14, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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    +1 to all of this. OEM is good, but @crashnburn80's recommendations are excellent and his solutions are outstanding.

    Can't speak to the parts your mechanic used, but proper break-in is critical to the functionality and longevity of your brakes.
     
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  18. Feb 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
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    Dude thank you. Definitely time for breaks for me. Don’t feel like showing out a ton of money to people this looks like something I can do
     
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