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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#4644 of 4693 Re: Tire Pressure Light [ajg33]
Jun 18, 2009 (11:59 am)
The light will just come back on.
#4645 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [ajg33]
Jul 15, 2009 (4:11 pm)
I had to have my brakes replaced at 29,000. Now at 50k they seem to be going out again. I have never had to replace my brakes before 65,000 on any other car I have driven.
Is anyone else having this problem.
#4646 of 4693 2006 toyota rav4 brakes
Sep 30, 2009 (6:14 pm)
Got front brakes changed at 45K and now back for rear at 60K. Considering I'm rough on brakes and from what I've read so far, I think I'm doing well!
#4647 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [tucson2]
Oct 09, 2009 (2:50 pm)
I have a 2006 Rav4 Sport Edition 4WD bought brand new that I have had problems with since I got it. First I had to have the radio replaced 4 times in 3 months due to electrical issues (starting when I had the car 1 month) then I had to have the transmission reprogrammed due to an electrical issue at 5 months. I was good until I had the car a little over 1 1/2 years and 27,000 miles when I had to replace my first set of brakes (December 2007), my brake pads (front and back) were down to metal and the rotors needed to be replaced. In December 2008 at roughly 44,000 miles I had to bring it in again b/c of the front brakes and again I was metal on metal. In August 2009 at 53,000 miles I brought it in for an oil change and found out my waterpump was gone and I had to get it replaced. Now in October 2009 I had to bring it in yet again for the brakes and at 58,000 miles, I was at 95% wear on the pads (front and back this time). I spoke to the Service Manager at my local dealership and was told that my brakes were not a problem and it is normal to change them ever 14,000 miles, I also spoke with the Toyota Regional Service Manager and was told the same thing. I realize I do A LOT of driving but this model has horrible brake wear. I had a 2001 RAV4 before this and only changed my brakes every 30 - 35,000 miles.
#4648 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 10, 2009 (12:46 pm)
you need to stop buying the Toyota stock pads, that's the problem! After three times and you're only getting 14,000 miles out of them? That is horrible, but be honest how hard are you braking? Slamming on the brakes 10 feet before you have to stop? I am NOT defending Toyota, as I've seen their pads go in about 28-30k miles. Remember your newer RAV4 is heavier than the 2001 model. But ever think that Toyota made a pad like this so that you'd keep giving them your money? I say STOP! time for another pad!
I would suggest www.Porterfield-brakes.com they are a performance shop in california, they make a high performance street pad made of carbon-kevlar, last car I had their pads on they lasted me 50,000 miles and this was not at a cost of performance! R4-S is the name of the pad. They make other pads, but they're for racing and wouldn't work on normal street driving. They are about $90 for the fronts and $80 for the rears. But.. They are much better performance and last MUCH longer! The stock pads from Toyota were always "mushy" and *yawn inducing* in performance. So give the Porterfield a try, I think you'll like them. I know I do
#4649 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [mark19]
Oct 10, 2009 (3:00 pm)
Thank you for the suggestion! I hope to not have the vehicle for more than the next 5k miles though (too much money sunk into a 3 1/2 year old vehicle). This vehicle has been dissapointing to me all the way aroud from gas milage (20MPG Highway - 18MPG City) to mechanical issues that Toyota doesn't want to address. I also have a 2006 Solara that is going to need it's 1st brake change soon so I will try the brakes you suggested .
#4650 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 11, 2009 (3:34 am)
you're welcome for the suggestion! glad to help!
One thing I did forget was that with the porterfield brakes I just received, they had put an adhesive-type (stick-on) shim on the back of the brake pad for mine. What happened was that the brakes heated up and began to bake that stick-on shim off to the point it was smelling like BBQ and smoking too! ouch. I since removed the stick on shim and replaced it with the factory shims (got them from the dealer) along with some brake grease (white sticky stuff from toyota) and no more issues. I think porterfield wanted to give people shims but this shim didn't work. So if they come with stick on shims remove them, replace with the factory metal shims.
I still say they're great pads, just a slight modification is what I needed. Just helping you when you do order them up.
Also- I don't blame you for dumping the rav4. The treatment toyota has given me as well I don't plan on looking to them for my next vehicle.
#4651 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 11, 2009 (10:56 am)
you need to find out which of "your" drivers are driving along with their left foot resting lightly on the brake pedal.
#4652 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [mark19]
Oct 11, 2009 (11:01 am)
"..great pads, just a slight modification...needed..."
Or you need to find out who is riding the brakes.
#4653 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [wwest]
Oct 11, 2009 (11:23 pm)
I'm talking about a modifcation to the stick-on shim that Porterfield added which doesn't need to be there and to be replaced with the factory/stock shim instead. The stick-on shim was incompatible with the characteristics of the carbon-kevlar material. Remove it, replace with the factory shims (or get new from the dealer) and all is well. Even Porterfield agreed that they're not going to be adding it on future pads after I reported the issue.
So I'm not sure what you're talking about in your post, riding the brakes? Had nothing to do with the shim that was incompatible.