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#21 of 166 Re: Front Brake Job [buyer777]
Oct 23, 2007 (3:54 am)
Just had my front pads and rotors resurfaced cost $139.00 on Sienna 2001. You may have to get a few estimates from different places.
Went to 3 places:
Toyota dealer wanted to charge $500.00 said needed 2 pads 2 shoes and all resurfacing, plus needed wheel cylinders repaired.
Just brakes ripoff place don't go there: 2 pads 2 shoes and resurfacing, plus wanted to rebuild calipers repack bearings and some extra charges. Price quoted was $270.00 but read how they low ball you in and then trap you later with price increases to bring price up, so we left that place.
Standalone shop: Said just needed front pads and resurfacing of front rotor and rear brake adjust. I just went for the front: costs $139.00 will do rear brake adjust myself as it is easy.
Note: How they all found something different, when all I went in there for was for front pads and resurfacing.
Had the pads replaced at around 45,000 this is the first time I had resurface since new. Sienna has 98,000 miles have had little issue with brakes.
#22 of 166 Re: Front Brake Job [gunga64]
Oct 23, 2007 (10:04 am)
If you have drums on rear, they lost much longer than Rotors.
Also, for future, look for new Rotors instead of resurfacing.. sometimes you can buy new rotor for $20 at shops like Autozone. I was installing new rotors myself instead of resurfacing on my Caravan and I plan to do the same on Sienna. And Rotors are easy to install.
#23 of 166 Re: 2005 Toyota Sienna Brakes [ava2]
Oct 23, 2007 (11:07 am)
Next time consider life time brake pads. Costs more up front but you'll never pay for pads again.
#24 of 166 Re: 2005 Toyota Sienna Brakes [ateixeira]
Oct 23, 2007 (7:29 pm)
But their is catch for lifetime pads... you still have to pay for the labor.
#25 of 166 Re: Front Brake Job [caravan2]
Oct 24, 2007 (7:41 am)
Yeah, I usually put in new rotors I priced them at 24.95 each. I have done them on my camry. I would think the sienna would have been a little harder and since I dont plan on keeping it as long I went and had them turned. I also had the option to put on cermics for 20 bucks more but I plan on only keeping the van 6 months. Why put more money into it.
The fix it shops don't want to change the rotors as much as they used to. Because now they can turn the old rotors right on the car. It's a lot easier and faster for them. Yet they still charge a premium to do it. figures!
#26 of 166 Re: 2005 Toyota Sienna Brakes [ava2]
Oct 24, 2007 (7:45 am)
Sounds like you have a problem with your calipers. They should last much much longer. Get more quotes
#27 of 166 Re: Front Brake Job [gunga64]
Oct 24, 2007 (7:45 am)
An on-car lathe is more accurate, though, since the rotor is torqued down.
#28 of 166 Re: Front Brake Job [gunga64]
Nov 06, 2007 (6:58 am)
Update from previous post:
Well I cleaned the back brakes with break cleaner for $2.50 and adjusted them cost me nothing. Actually the back brakes did not need adjusting at all they were fine. I checked the shoes on the back breaks as the dealership said I needed new shoes. It looked like to me that I had plenty of shoe left, enough to last 2 more years at least.
The dealership was very persistant on getting my brakes done there. So much so he was going to take 10% off. But glad I didn't get it done there 139.00 is better for my wallet then 500.00. Also the dealer said I needed both wheel cylinders replaced as they "appear" to have a leak. I checked them while I had the drum off they were dry just brake dust on them.
#29 of 166 Do it yourself rotor replacement
Nov 20, 2007 (6:33 pm)
I have to resurface my rotors constantly on my 2002 seinna. Can a person replace the rotors and pads at home if he is not familiar with this procedure? I was wondering if I could put a EBC or Brembo rotor in and have them last longer than one 600 mile road trip. Also, would Ceramic pads help with the heat issue that makes the cheap rotors warp??-=Dave=-
#30 of 166 Re: Do it yourself rotor replacement [daves77a]
Nov 21, 2007 (7:13 am)
I have done rotors and pads on the past 3 toyotas I have. I am a little scared to tackle the rotors on my 01 because of the sensors and abs. You have to resurface your rotors a lot??? I think they can only be resurfaced once maybe twice. If you are wearing the rotors fast or uneven then the calipers may be bad. I like my cermic pads on my camry that I put in myself. They don't cost more for the cermics part as the repair shops make them sound. Like 4 bucks more per pad its really rediculous what they charge for cermics.
If you are good with your hands you should be able to do the brake job But I would go to a discount auto or someplace that has a repair book for your model and look at the procedure. I have a book on mine. I can usually fix things but if the book makes it overly complicated I do not attempt it. Getting the rotor off can be an issue. I even used my car jack to unseat a stuck rotor once. It worked like a charm. Sure beat hitting it with a hammer (what I did for the first 30 minutes trying to get it off)