09-13-2002, 12:20 AM
Hey all, my brakes have about 25-30k miles on them, and I just washed my truck today... point is, I use degreaser on the rims to clean 'em up, and naturally some always gets on the discs. I rinsed them off as best I could, but tonite when I was pulling into school I had my windows down, stereo off, and put the clutch in, and I hear this constant squeeking sound whenever the truck is in motion. It doesnt matter if I have my foot on the brake or not, whenever the tires are rollin I hear the squeak. Could some risidual degreaser be causing this squeak? do you think it's time for new brakes? I'm sure the brakes were super hot when I rolled into the parking lot cuz I had just gotten back from a long trip, and the last 10 mins were all FAST backroads with lots of windy turns... so I was on the brakes quite a bit. Ideas? greatly appreciated, thanx!
09-13-2002, 12:39 AM
youre brakes shouldnot be squeking when youre foot is not on the pedal. the best wayto tell if you need new pads is to take your wheel off and look at the caliper. their is a hole ,per say, at the back of it exposeing the pads you can tell how much pad is left. usualy pads are close to i would guess 1/2 inch thick. the thing that is squeking is proubobly the wear indicator tab. you can remove the caliper very easily by removing the bolt on the bottom of the caliper and swinging the caliper up or even both bolts. if you do this you might have to compress the caliper to get it back on though. if you need help with that just ask. sorry for the long post
I'm thinking wear indicator as well. Better safe than sorry!!!
09-13-2002, 07:19 AM
If you do go for new pads, I highly recommend Performance Friction pads....
http://sparetire.customtacos.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=performancetech&Number=312 39&Forum=All_Forums&Words=performance%20friction&M atch=Entire%20Phrase&Searchpage=0&Limit=25&Old=6mo nths&Main=31239&Search=true#Post31239
09-13-2002, 08:07 AM
I alos recomend those pads Nathans talking about. PIMPINTACOMA and I both run these and have nothing but good things to say about them, especailly for the price, and there lifetime warrenty. Only have to buy them one time! Thanks again Nathan for that one http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
TRD also has front brake pads. I believe they are a semi metallic compound. $60 at www.toyotaguys.com (http://www.toyotaguys.com)
09-13-2002, 11:10 AM
...what you hear is the wear indicator, it's common on most Toyotas (my '92 Corolla did the same thing). It's time for new pads, I don't know about Performance Friction but I was planning on ordering some Hawk brake pads from the Tire Rack pretty soon.
Ya Hawk are good pads. Lot's of SCCA guy's run those.
If a company does'nt race it, Piss on it...lol...
09-13-2002, 11:37 AM
These perfomance friction brake pads are carbon mettalic and they are half the price of TRD. They really do well too, trust me I have used them at the drag strip!
09-13-2002, 12:25 PM
I agree carbon matalic from auto zone are the Shiz......my rotors haven't warped yet so thats a plus too......smooth stopping....
09-13-2002, 01:52 PM
Hey all, thanx for the timely responses and advice... It sounds like the Performance Friction pads are the best for my buck... I'm broke as a joke right now so I'm looking to save some money... I'll have to borrow some cash from my mother just to get these (I love my mother! http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif ) How much for the 2 front disks? We don't have Autozone up here in Oregon, but we do have NAPA, Shucks, and PepBoys... hopefully they'll have the pads in stock. Is there a model # on the brake pads that I should look for?
I have drums in the rear still, so those should be fine right? Any pointers / advice / suggestions for when I install them this weekend? Should I check / adjust my rear drums at the same time? I've got a Chilton's manual, so I should be ok, but I always like to hear from people that have done the job before in case I run into any snags. Thanx again everyone! http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
All you need is your new pads, socket to fit calliper, flat head screwdriver and a c-clamp.
1. Jack up truck.
2. Remove wheel
3. Remove calliper
4. Pop out old pads (most have clips that hold them in place)
5. Pop in new pads
Now if the piston has moved you'll have to depress it with the c-clamp (you'll fig. it out)
6. Reinstall calliper
8. Repeat on other side.
That should help a little. Just get in there and get dirty. You should have no problem.
09-13-2002, 04:55 PM
it is usual to adjust the rear brakes but you may not have to. an easy way to tell is to place jack under rear pumpkin. jack up the truck. (remember to chock front wheels of course.) release brake. take off wheels. turn back rotor by the stud bolts. if you get a quarter of a turn out of the wheel its fine. the rear drum should have friction at all times. but just a little. the book will tell you how to adjust if needed. all you will need is a screwdriver. you should pic up break cleaner to and spray down "evrything" after job. i always do. remembre have fun and a good note is to do one side at a time. if you cant remember how to put it back together, just look at the side that is still together.
09-13-2002, 05:11 PM
I can get them for you and ship them if your interested. I can accept paypal which means you can use credit or debit. PM me if you want to do this!
09-16-2002, 07:25 AM
Performance Friction and TRD pads are one in the same. You can pay $60 for the three little letters or go to AutoZone and pick up a set of PF pads for $37 and a lifetime warranty. http://www.CustomTacos.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
Here is a link to ChrisTaco's brake pad replacement article:
09-16-2002, 07:33 AM
These pads from autozone are the legit ones too. It was day and night deffernece in braking plus the lifetime warrenty helps alot with making the descion to go with these. My one suggestion is that you get your rotors turned to insure eveness with the pads. Carbon Mettalic have been known to ware your rotors down if not properly turned, but I did it because my rotors were messed up when I went to use these pads! Just a good thing to do. Then after you used Chris's brake artical use Nathans Painting calipers and hubs tech article to finnsh the final product!