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#1 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 11:37 PM
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from a picture, does my brakes are allright or

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

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Looks like it's time to me. And one of the other three may be thinner. Have you heard any of the telltales squeaking/scraping?

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It's the pedal (or the handgrip) on the right!!
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yeah only when i brakes a little ... for like 2 second !
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Looks to me as if John has a few MM left, if the pad is what I think it is in the picture. If, on the other hand, the pad is not showing and the gap represents the pad thickness, then you are probably due for pads. If the noise maker ("wear indicator") hasn't kicked in, John is not down to 1 mm. The wear indicator is pretty noisy.

From the service manual:
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Using a ruler, measure the pad lining thickness.
Standard thickness:
12.0 mm (0.472 in.)
Minimum thickness:
1.0 mm (0.039 in.)
If the pad lining thickness is equal to or less than the
minimum, replace the pad.
If the dealer says your pads are down to 2 mm and need replacing, ask to see. They have been known to mis-measure once you are out of warranty. Measure from the working surface to the metal. Do not buy into some service adviser story that the measurement is to some other place. If they are down to 2 mm and you are in the shop and you want to get your brakes done, fine. But if they are not down to 3 mm and they are telling you that they are below 2, then that tells you something.

You might be able to spot the wear indicator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRz7BDaSONM (not a RAV4)

I enjoyed the video discussed here: Weirdest brake job video I've seen ...

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Since I do my own work I'd just pop in a new set of pads. Probably cost me $25 & 25 minutes.
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Looks like you have a few thousand more miles based on that pad and assuming the others are similarly worn.

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I'm no mechanic but sure looks like these could wait a bit more, depending on how much you drive, maybe spring time. For example, we have a 98 nissan altima, we've only put about 5k kms on it in two years (Just crossed 138k kms) . It was in for an oil change the guy said it is time to change your front brakes, in about 2 months. I said thanks, but that is two months of driving the car so see you you in about a year for brakes. So all that to say again it will depend on how much you drive looks like you have time.
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Just a thought. You could go to an auto parts store and ask to look at a new set of pads. Compare the thickness of the friction material on the new pads to that remaining on yours and get an idea of how many miles you have left, based on how many miles you've already driven. Make sure to look at all four pads (mirrors, flashlights, etc.). I'm guessing yours are only about half worn, maybe less.

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folks what about the rotors?? seems there is a deep grove...no?
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folks what about the rotors?? seems there is a deep grove...no?
I don't see one, just typical rotor rash.
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