2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

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Old 29 Apr 2005, 08:12 pm   #1 (permalink)
Fred
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Default 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

Purchased Camry new in 1999 but brake peddle, just after 30k miles, pulsates
when applied at freeway speeds. Dealer said all 4 rotors are out of round
and needed to be replaced and new pads needed all around too at a tune of
over $1,000! Unfortunately I don't have this much budgeted for a brake job.

I've never replace rotors/pads before but had replace drums/shoes years ago.
It this doable for an average DIYer and special tools needed?


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Old 30 Apr 2005, 06:20 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

I would be skeptical that all all four rotors are causing vibration. It's
possible, but probable that your problem lies in the front. And yes,
replacing rotors on your camry is a breeze. Grab a Chilton manual and a
basic set of hand tools, and you're good to go.
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Old 30 Apr 2005, 06:54 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

Qslim is right -- if you've done some brake work before you should pick
it up easily. A repair manual will have the procedure, and by that what
tools are needed. Replacing pads is easier than replacing shoes.

A couple things right off -- a good sized C-clamp to push the piston
back into the caliper [to make room for the thicker new pads]. And a
small piece of wood would help push it in straight.
And some wire or twine to hold up the caliper as you're working. Not
good to dangle the caliper by the flexible hose.

I also am skeptical about all 4 rotors being out of round. The front
brakes are used more than the back, so if there's warpage it's most
likely the front rotors.

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Old 30 Apr 2005, 06:55 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

I should add, dealerships are usually more expensive on everything.

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Old 04 May 2005, 03:26 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 18:12:50 -0700, "Fred" <Fred@Cross.Bal> wrote:

>Purchased Camry new in 1999 but brake peddle, just after 30k miles, pulsates
>when applied at freeway speeds. Dealer said all 4 rotors are out of round
>and needed to be replaced and new pads needed all around too at a tune of
>over $1,000! Unfortunately I don't have this much budgeted for a brake job.
>
>I've never replace rotors/pads before but had replace drums/shoes years ago.
>It this doable for an average DIYer and special tools needed?
>

That price is way out of line IMO.
I agree with the others , I doubt that all 4 rotors are warped and you
may not need pads for the rear , but if you need to do all four the
parts will only be in the neighborhood of 250 - 300.00.
You can get pads for about 45.00 per set and new rotors 40 - 50.00
each.
You can probably get the rotors turned and cure the problem if they
haven't been turned before.
The going price where I live is 10.00 per rotor to turn them.

Ken Day
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Old 04 May 2005, 10:36 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

Thanks to all for some great information. Looks like something I could do.


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Old 04 May 2005, 03:13 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

On Wed, 4 May 2005 08:36:44 -0700, "Fred" <Fred@Cross.Bal> wrote:

>Thanks to all for some great information. Looks like something I could do.
>

Welcome. I'm sure you will have no problem. As some others have
already said , be sure to get a manual and a big C-Clamp....8" is
about right.
Also , before you press the piston in with the clamp , open the
bleeger valve while pushing it in. As soon as it is pressed in , close
the valve to prevent getting air in your lines.If you do happen to get
air in the lines its easy to bleed them. Just pick up a bleeding kit
at any parts store , which is very inexpensive and you won't need to
have someone inside the car to pump the brake pedal for you.
You'll know what we're talking about when you get started on the job.

Ken Day
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Old 04 May 2005, 07:01 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

>before you press the piston in with the clamp , open the bleeger valve
while pushing it in.

hmmm I never did this, but if you do, be sure to get some brake fluid
to top off the master cylinder when you're done.

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Old 05 May 2005, 01:17 am   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2000 v6 camry brake job too much at dealer.

On 4 May 2005 17:01:09 -0700, "Hopkins" <nasibisha@yahoo.com> wrote:

>>before you press the piston in with the clamp , open the bleeger valve

>while pushing it in.
>
>hmmm I never did this, but if you do, be sure to get some brake fluid
>to top off the master cylinder when you're done


If the master cylinder is full it can overflow. Would rather have it
runnning out onto the garage floor than down into the engine
compartment. Brake fluid can really make a mess and will also take
paint off.
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