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#337 of 678 Toyota Dealer Front Brake Job Pricing?
Jun 02, 2007 (12:50 pm)
Just found out that my front brakes are worn down to 30% and both rotors need to be replaced on my 1999 Camry LE. I was quoted a price of $435.00 by the dealer which includes the kit, brake pads, calipers and rotors. Does this sound reasonable? My 1999 Camry LE only has 28K on the odometer and is driven only short distances around town since I have two other cars which I utilize. I prefer only genuine Toyota OEM parts.
Does this price sound reasonable for two hours parts and labor.
#338 of 678 Re: Toyota Dealer Front Brake Job Pricing? [paulcudlip]
Jun 02, 2007 (4:19 pm)
If your front pads are only worn to 30%, why do you need to replace the rotors and calipers?
Rotors would need to be replaced under two situations. You let the pads wear down to the metal and ground into the rotor (which you don't have because you are at 30%), or if the rotor got warped from excessive hard stopping and overheating the brakes. You'd feel the brakes pulsate while coming to a stop if that is the case.
Replacing only the front brake pads is a simple job. It's about a $20-30 dollar job, if you do it yourself.
The whole job does not seem reasonable for a vehicle with such low mileage.
#339 of 678 Re: Toyota Dealer Front Brake Job Pricing? [kiawah]
Jun 03, 2007 (1:42 pm)
Yes, I was told that the rotors were warped and they do pulsate while I am coming to a stop. Most of my mileage is stop and go mileage around town. My other question is can the rotors be ground down?
#340 of 678 Re: Toyota Dealer Front Brake Job Pricing? [paulcudlip]
Jun 03, 2007 (3:48 pm)
Sometimes they can be cut, depending on how far out of true they are....but they can't take too much off or they get below the minimum allowable thickness of the rotor.
However, it's usually not worth it since the cost of replacements are so reasonable, and it's soo much quicker to just put a replacement on.
So sounds like it you have warped the rotors, that you'll need rotors and pads. You shouldn't need calipers.
Jun 04, 2007 (8:25 am)
I had my 2002 front brakes changed at our tire shop maybe 9 months ago. Our Toyota dealer wanted to the rotors as well. The tire shop saw no need for it and did a regular $99 brake job. Recently I did start to experience some pulsating. The tire shop found some high spots on the rotor and ground them for another $99. I guess I could have had them replaced by Toyota 9 months ago, then again I am only out $200 at this point and ot $435.
#342 of 678 Come On...Someone must know how to change
Jun 04, 2007 (8:26 am)
the little light the lights up what gear you are in! I figured the air filter myself!
Jun 15, 2007 (11:59 am)
I own a 03 camry. There is nothing wrong with my battery, and the battery life indicator is always green. My question is if the indicator is green I don't have to worry about battery failure, or even if it's green there is a potential of battery failure?
#345 of 678 Re: Battery Life [dchen2003]
Jun 15, 2007 (12:53 pm)
Batteries at best only last about three,(3), years. Yes it is possible for them to live a little longer, but I do not think that I would depend on a four year old battery on a cold winter's night. In your case, I would have the battery "load tested by the dealer"! Also have both the starting and the charging system tested for proper operation. An old battery might be "ok" in the warm weather, but not "ok" when the first cold hits the area. If you are going to replace the battery, ALWAYS replace the battery with the same "quality" or a "better quality battery" than came with the vehicle when it was "new". A cheap battery is exactly that, ---- "A CHEAP BATTERY"!
Best regards. ---- Dwayne
#346 of 678 Re: Battery Life [djm2]
Jun 15, 2007 (2:18 pm)
Thank you very much for the suggestion. I will go to Advance Auto Parts to have my battery checked. I heard somebody say it is a free service.