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Replacing your front brake pads - The Toyota Way

Here is an excellent Tech Tip from Toyota showing the proper procedure for replacing the front brake pads:

T-TT-0132-11 - Best Practices for TCMC Front Brake Pad Installation

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The on the car brake lathe was cool. Thanks for the post.

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Does anyone know what the brake calipers are like on a 2013 XLE? Is it simple to push back in using the cheap part from AutoZone or is a special tool required to push and twist at the same time or something?
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Does anyone know what the brake calipers are like on a 2013 XLE? Is it simple to push back in using the cheap part from AutoZone or is a special tool required to push and twist at the same time or something?

I used that same tool when I did my brakes - in reality you could use a C-clamp and piece of metal to compress the caliper. I've seen it done using a screwdriver too.


No matter what tool you use remember, just compress the caliper s-l-o-w-l-y!

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I used that same tool when I did my brakes
Great thanks. Do you know if the brakes on the '13 are the same as on the '09? Seems like the calipers are getting more complicated with newer cars...

Also solid advice, thank you.
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Can't edit my post anymore but it looks like yes the calipers are standard push style.
Also shown here is the C-clamp method @Mikey D. mentioned, haha:
https://youtu.be/1ubbDCKtuow?t=185
Also shown here (step 8):
https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/r/...e-brake-rotors
Very nice!

Plan on replacing the pads (and possibly resurfacing rear rotors, haven't decided yet) to save myself $189 the dealer quoted for rear brake pads + resurface.

This guys videos are awesome if anyone is looking for a general guide:
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I used that same tool when I did my brakes
Great thanks. Do you know if the brakes on the '13 are the same as on the '09? Seems like the calipers are getting more complicated with newer cars...

Also solid advice, thank you.
That question I canÂ’t answer, sorry. You are very welcome.

Oh, and make sure to grease the slide pins before you replace the pads.

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Does everyone run OEM pads...autozone...or?


I did my Accord with Centric parts and they have served me well..
WIfe's RAV4 needs front pads at about 52k
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Does everyone run OEM pads...autozone...or?


I did my Accord with Centric parts and they have served me well..
WIfe's RAV4 needs front pads at about 52k



Many people use ADVICS ( they come with shims) an OEM maker or AKEBONO which some people say grip a little better.


You can find a good price on ebay , Amazon or Rockauto
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