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#4649 of 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [mark19]
Oct 10, 2009 (2:00 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 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 11, 2009 (2:34 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 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 11, 2009 (9:56 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 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [mark19]
Oct 11, 2009 (10:01 am)
"..great pads, just a slight modification...needed..."
Or you need to find out who is riding the brakes.
#4653 of 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [wwest]
Oct 11, 2009 (10:23 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.
#4654 of 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 12, 2009 (3:05 am)
I'm really surprised with this post. I have a 2006 Rav and other than the radio problems that have been well documented, not a single problem. Brakes still going strong at a little over 30,000 miles. Tires, the same. Obviously not driven as much as post above but still surprised at the problems noted. I remember a past Honda Accord i had which was doing great on brakes till my teenage son's started driving. Braking to quick stops will do that for sure. Anyway, probably keep this Rav for several more years (paid off now). Thinking of getting a 2010 Camry Hybrid to replace our 03 TL. But money only obstacle.
#4655 of 4696 Mixing Tires With Different Speed Rating
Oct 24, 2009 (9:40 am)
I purchased two Michelin tires for my RAV4 with idential speed rating to the original equipment on my vehicle. I think it was 100H. When it came time to replace the next two tires, they could not get the same tires. Since I could not wait several weeks for new tires, I replaced them with 99S tires made by Michelin. They put these on the front and said I could not rotate my tires anymore. I notice no handling problems with the car. I have spent about $200 a tires so I don't want to swap these out. Does anyone know if the tire dealer gave me some bad advice?
#4656 of 4696 Re: Mixing Tires With Different Speed Rating [gilvkona]
Oct 27, 2009 (9:55 am)
Well, the 99 refers to the load rating, though it's so close it probably won't make much difference.
As for the S vs. H speed rating, that is mostly a measure of resistance to heat at sustained high speeds. Again, probably won't matter much unless you take it to the salt flats at Bonneville for a land speed record (doubtful).
Do this, though - make sure the tire pressure is never low. The 99S tire is less resistance to heat and rated for smaller loads, so at the very minimum make sure that pressure is always, always good.
#4657 of 4696 2006 Rav4 and not seeing the same problems
Nov 06, 2009 (4:37 am)
I have a 2006 Rav4 Limited 4 cyl. I did replace brakes at about 38,000 and the only other repair was a leaking water pump at about 60,000. I am now at 78,000 and figure I will need brakes sometime soon since I tend to sit in traffic. Other than changing fluids and tires once, that's it. I do only use the Toyota dealer and I tell them what maintenance I want, I don't want to be sold a package of goods. This is now my 6th Toyota and it ranks high in reliability for me. My Highlander was great, but had some rattles that were never resolved. My 4Runner had an electrical problem that shorted out lights, but a complaint to Toyota in California netted a 7 year bumper to bumper warranty that I didn't have to use.
#4658 of 4696 Re: 2006 Rav4 and not seeing the same problems [buddg4]
Nov 06, 2009 (4:59 am)
Curious what tires you replaced originals with? And more importantly how they ride, etc etc. I have original Geolanders. Mine's an 06 as well, but only a little over 30,000 miles so still no problems, brakes, tires etc. but at some point i may opt for new tires (maybe before next summer).....thanks. And i too use only dealer and car's been great (except the $#&*$# radio which is the 3rd one (and so far hopefully the last - 1.5 years now.).