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How to check brake pads/rotors?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cinla, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Aug 28, 2009 at 7:03 AM
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    cinla

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    I have a 1996 2.4 L 2wd. It ain't fancy. I have been having some grinding on the brakes for a while, but have not had the chance to take it in (or I have been too cheap). I do not have a manual for the truck.

    Is there an easy way for me to get underneath the truck and have a look at the rotors/brake pads to see if it is just a pad issue or if I will need to replace my rotors? I am a pretty narrow fellow, so I can get under it without ramps/jack stands, but I have limited mobility under there. I have (probably obviously) not ever looked at brakes before so I am pretty ignorant here.

    Thanks for any advice you good people have to offer.
     
  2. Aug 28, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    genxer36

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    Take the wheel/s off is the best way.

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  3. Aug 28, 2009 at 7:24 AM
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