Hello. Wow. I miss this site but that's what happens things are busy
I'm sorry if any of these questions that repeat themselves elsewhere in the forum.
I have had my 2011 Rav4 for just over 2 years and I absolutly love it. However, my last oil change at the beginning of summer, I was told from the Toyota service centre that I brought it to that my front brakes are at 20% and my rotors have some grooves in them so I should have it replaced. They told me that they would need replacing by the time my next oil change would be due.
Now I'm planning to bring in my vehicle next week to have an oil change done and I'm contemplating to either get Toyota to do the brakes and rotors or myself.
To have the oil change with synthetic oil, rotors and brakes done, I'm looking at close to 1k in expenses for parts and labour after taxes. I thought this to be a bit excessive.
Here are my questions:
1) The wear and tear on the front brakes and rotors seems to be a bit premature. My last vehicle was a 2007 Nissan Versa and I needed front brakes about 30k later (around the 90k mark). I would assume it's because the vehicle is a lot heavier and more weight to help stop momentum with. What's the average km or mileage that this forum of Rav4 owners have for front brakes and rotor replacement?
2) I'd like to stick with Toyota brakes and rotors but is there a difference whether I stay with Toyota, go with a no-name or is there a superior 3rd party that I should consider for brakes and/or rotors brand? I want to go with quality and pay a bit more if needed unless there's not much difference in performance for the price difference.
3) Are the brakes from Toyota semi-metallic or ceramic? If it's not ceramic, should I get ceramic brakes? I'd pay more for better braking power and more longevity in the pads as long as the rotors won't warp from heating up more. I don't see much brake dust if any on the side of my Rav4.
4) I have the extended warranty but I think any parts that have wear and tear are not covered under this warranty. I have 5 years or 160,000km. I'm assuming if there was premature wear from the front brakes and rotors that this is not a warranty issue. The back brakes are more then fine with 60% brake pads left. But, let's say the pads and rotors aren't covered under the warranty, if I replace them myself or through another garage other then Toyota, can Toyota reject any warranty issues that might occur with any other part of the vehicle in the future since they might see this as "tamporing"? Kinda like breaking the seal off of something because you might think it's a user-serviceable part and replacing the part with one that Toyota knows they didn't install or carry that particular brand.
5) Should I consider asking them to have the rotors machined or am I just asking for trouble? I had rotors machined before and uneven brake pad wear and loud grinding of the brakes was the norm on my Cavalier. I told myself "never again" to have the rotors machined. If it's best to replace the rotors, everyone has told me with a bit of time, most people can do the brakes and rotors job themselves. I was thinking of doing the job myself if I replace the brakes and rotors and have a garage such as Toyota to do the work if it involves machining the rotors.
6) If the best route is doing it myself and getting genuine Toyota parts, where's the besty place I should go since I'm from Canada? If the parts you recommend are from a 3rd party, then my best bet I guess would be to goto a parts source or Canadian Tire and get the parts there if they carry it. But if there are better places to get this stuff, I'm all ears
Sorry for the novel but I just wanted to get all the bases covered.