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#74 of 200 Camry Brake Calipers
May 01, 2007 (11:18 am)
I have a 1993 Toyota Camry. This is an old clunker handed down to me from someone. So far I have ended up spending about 6000 dollars on the car since I purchased it in Dec 2005. I have replaced the transmission and the timing belt. The tires, the wiper blades and finally the engine.
The car has failed inspection this year. The mechanic has suggested me to replace all the four brake calipers. The price quoted on the calipers is around 220 dollars a piece + a labor charge. The invoice price is around 1200 dollars.
Is this the right price for replacing the brake calipers?i>
#75 of 200 Camry Brake Question
May 02, 2007 (5:11 pm)
I've test drove a few Camry's a 2005 and 2006 and both had light braking, where you come in for a stop it seems that you do not stop when you should, which made be drive the Camry much slower and i slowed down well before coming into an intersection, is this normal with the Camry's? or maybe the two i test drove had bad brakes?
#76 of 200 Re: Camry Brake Question [geffen]
May 02, 2007 (6:17 pm)
If it has new brake pads, it could be that they are not broken in yet. Just a thought. I experienced the same issue on my 07 Tacoma and 07 Camry. Once I broke them in, I saw a dramatic improvement in stopping power.
But now that I think about it, the 2005 and 2006 are pretty new to require new brake pads...so there may be some other issue.
#77 of 200 Re: Camry Brake Question [geffen]
May 03, 2007 (12:07 pm)
I have a 2004 Camry with 44K miles and a 2005 Camry with 20K miles. Neither has had any brake or stopping problems, and there's plenty of pad thickness left on the brake pads (ditto the linings on the rear drums of the '04).
#78 of 200 Re: Camry Brake Question [210delray]
May 03, 2007 (12:16 pm)
I'll have to test drive some more Camry's the brakes not stopping the way they should is sort of swaying me away from Camry, most other cars i've driven always stopped when they should not that I always stop on a dime however I do prefer firm brake pedals and want to stop when the light is red, it very well could be both used Camrys i test drove had brake problems.
#79 of 200 Re: Parking Brake Accident
May 22, 2007 (4:03 pm)
Hi, I was involved in nasty situation where I lent my 05 Camry to a friend for a driving test and he left parking brake on after he finished the test. I don't use parking brake at all so I drove it for 5-6 miles at 30-40 mph max without knowing it was applied.
Just what kind of damage should I expect from this mishap? I didn't see any smoke and after I stopped my car, I thought I smell something but it was extremely hot that day so I could be over-reacting.
#80 of 200 Re: Parking Brake Accident [ja5573]
May 22, 2007 (4:31 pm)
Most likely not much, given the relatively short distance.
After everything cools, just check to make sure the parking brake will apply, hold the vehicle, and release again. And also feel during regular braking that you don't have any pulsation that might occur if the rotor became warped.
#81 of 200 Re: Parking Brake Accident [kiawah]
May 22, 2007 (4:40 pm)
Thanks for the quick reply. I really appreciate it. When you say 'pulsation', do you mean like trembling?
#82 of 200 Re: Parking Brake Accident
May 23, 2007 (8:59 am)
Regarding my earlier posting, I took a precaution and took it to nearby maintenance shop. The mechanic is now telling me that I need to replace rotor as well as bake shoes in total at least 400 dollars. Should I listen to this guy???
#83 of 200 Re: Parking Brake Accident [ja5573]
May 23, 2007 (11:20 am)
Probably not. I assume you told him what happened and $$$ signs appeared in his eyes.
I think kiawah had good advice: does the car brake normally, and do the parking brakes hold on a hill if the transmission is placed in neutral?
The '05 Camry uses disk brakes at all 4 wheels with integral small drum brakes for the parking brakes in the rear wheels. I can't see how the rotors would have been affected unless the parking brake was very firmly set. But then, you would have noticed that the car wasn't accelerating correctly.