97 Camry brakes last a long time!

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Old 07 Jun 2006, 10:47 am   #1 (permalink)
Rob
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Default 97 Camry brakes last a long time!

I had new front rotors and pads installed on my 97 at 131,000 miles
(toyota parts).
Just had the rotors surfaced slightly and new pads installed at 215,000
miles, thats
84,000 miles! Rear drums have been recently inspected, cleaned and
adjusted.
They are original with 215,000 miles on them. Early disc pads had large
chunks of
metal in them that would make a heck of a racket until they redesigned
them, now
they are great.

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Old 07 Jun 2006, 12:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Rob" <robmurr@aol.com> wrote in message
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>I had new front rotors and pads installed on my 97 at 131,000 miles
> (toyota parts).
> Just had the rotors surfaced slightly and new pads installed at 215,000
> miles, thats
> 84,000 miles! Rear drums have been recently inspected, cleaned and
> adjusted.
> They are original with 215,000 miles on them. Early disc pads had large
> chunks of
> metal in them that would make a heck of a racket until they redesigned
> them, now
> they are great.

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on our '97, the front discs were replaced (and rotors turned) at about
95,000 miles, and the rear drums were simply adjusted. Does your car put
on a large number of highway miles, or is it city and highway mixed as usual
for most cars? Of course, in highway driving, you may not apply the
brakes for many miles at a time, with no resulting wear on the pads, whereas
city driving, you may stop at a stop sign every block! Have your rear
shoes ever been replaced?


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Old 07 Jun 2006, 01:04 pm   #3 (permalink)
Rob
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> on our '97, the front discs were replaced (and rotors turned) at about
> 95,000 miles, and the rear drums were simply adjusted. Does your car put
> on a large number of highway miles, or is it city and highway mixed as usual
> for most cars?


Mostly highway driving.

Of course, in highway driving, you may not apply the
> brakes for many miles at a time, with no resulting wear on the pads, whereas
> city driving, you may stop at a stop sign every block! Have your rear
> shoes ever been replaced?


Brake shoes are original.

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Old 09 Jun 2006, 11:57 am   #4 (permalink)
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Rob wrote:
> I had new front rotors and pads installed on my 97 at 131,000 miles
> (toyota parts).
> Just had the rotors surfaced slightly and new pads installed at 215,000
> miles, thats
> 84,000 miles! Rear drums have been recently inspected, cleaned and
> adjusted.
> They are original with 215,000 miles on them. Early disc pads had large
> chunks of
> metal in them that would make a heck of a racket until they redesigned
> them, now
> they are great.

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The "chunks of metal" pads were "metallic" or semi-metallic.
The newer pads are ceramic.
The ceramic content is highly heat resistant, wears a long time, is
quiet, and relatively low brake dust.

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