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#11 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 05:05 PM
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To me, seeing the top corner still has beveled edge,
the picture shows about 6mm left.

If I assume correctly the pad's thickness;
-As new pad 10mm
-Need to replace 2mm

Your 6mm means still 50%(4mm) left to go to 2mm.

My picture is NOT the Rav4 pad.
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To me, seeing the top corner still has beveled edge,
the picture shows about 6mm left.

If I assume correctly the pad's thickness;
-As new pad 10mm
-Need to replace 2mm

Your 6mm means still 50%(4mm) left to go to 2mm.

My picture is NOT the Rav4 pad.
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Sorry to steal the thread, can the left over for the pads be seen on these photos?









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Sorry to steal the thread, can the left over for the pads be seen on these photos?
No theft occurred here, same subject.
Judging from the pad thickness as compared to the metal backing plate it looks like there's a lot left.
A photo with the camera closer to the disc would show it better.
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One thing to note, it's not because the outside pad is thick, that the inside pad is the same, so to be safe, you should also look at the inside pad to make sure, when I changed out my 2007's front pad, I had 25% on the outside, and about 10% on the insides.
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One thing to note, it's not because the outside pad is thick, that the inside pad is the same, so to be safe, you should also look at the inside pad to make sure, when I changed out my 2007's front pad, I had 25% on the outside, and about 10% on the insides.
Agreed. That's what I assumed was likely with the OPs pad pic. Apparently he didn't understand the importance of checking anything but the easy one, so just change them.
The correct picture is from the front of the caliper thru the hole where both inner & outer pads can be seen. Look at both wheels and judge by the thinnest one.
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Hi

i know nothing in mechanic ...
from that picture, does my brakes/pad need to be replaced ?

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Your break pads look thin from what I can see. I would say yes you should replace them and get a toyota manual to read about how to do it and how to inspect them for minimum tolerance for thickness of brake pads if they are squealing rubbing or making a grinding noise it is a indicator of need of replacement. On all breaks if you replace one side you should replace the other as well for equal braking you don't want your vehicle to pull to one side when applying brakes. You always replace both the left and the right at the same time regardles of wear differences. If the difference of thickness is extreme from left and right side you should have your discs measured for wear. Also if your steering wheel vibrates when applying brakes it is an indicator of uneven wear on the brake discs they may need to be smoothed out by a professional some parts stores will do this. Or replaced. I am by no means a professional mechanic but I am familiar with break issues that is why I responded to your post.
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You should also get a free break inspection at a professional shop if available.
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One more comment for when you do need a brake job: it would be unusual for you to need new rotors on your first RAV4 brake job. It would not be unusual for the "service adviser" to say you need new rotors. Ask for your old parts back. There are specifications about how far down the rotors can be turned safely. While many cars almost always need new rotors with a brake job, RAV4 is not one of them. I would ask for your old parts back.

Not everybody agrees that the rotors can safely be turned, but the service manual does.

I do agree that checking both sides is important. While you have things apart, it would be wise to lubricate the slides. We have had many good threads on many things here, but I don't remember one that gets into brake lubrication with pictures and techniques. Lack of proper lubrication would be the main cause of one-sided brake pad wear.

The typical "service adviser" is paid largely based on sales of billable hours and sometimes parts.
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