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Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:06 PM
Hey,

I had been hearing some odd noises coming from my front tires and I decided to take a look at the brake pads to see how they were doing...low and behold:

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/3425/dsc00738ul1.jpg


Pretty **** close to having no pad left lol, my neigbour showed me how to do it all and everything worked out great, not too hard to change disc brakes, and I probably saved like 200$ on labor by doing it myself. Only cost 120$ to replace the front discs and pads :P

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9854/dsc00735rw9.jpg

It was fun :p:

Calikid
06-01-2008, 08:08 PM
glad u r still alive.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 08:09 PM
I changed the pads on the front of my tacoma the other day. Brake jobs really aren't all that hard and save quite a chunk of change.

tv559
06-01-2008, 08:11 PM
****!! Its good you changed them.. I remember one time where I really needed to change the pads and didnt when I finally decided to change the brake pads and was on my way to the shop they came right off and started leaking brake fluid all over. Came out to $400 worth of work just for being lazy lol..

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:12 PM
Yeah when my mom saw the pads she **** near killed me herself lol. Yeah like I said its really not hard to do, and once you know how to do it it doesn't take long either.

Only trouble I ran into was that one of the 2 pistons on the calliper had rusted up and was jammed, It took some time/force/releasall/wd40 and other things to break it free and clean the piston out and get it going smooth again but it worked out.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:13 PM
****!! Its good you changed them.. I remember one time where I really needed to change the pads and didnt when I finally decided to change the brake pads and was on my way to the shop they came right off and started leaking brake fluid all over. Came out to $400 worth of work just for being lazy lol..

Ouch that ***** lol, yeah I cut it too close this time:

http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/4981/dsc00737km0.jpg

:crap:

Andrew12
06-01-2008, 08:15 PM
Doesnt Just Brakes only charge $89 for 1 pair of wheels and $99 for all 4?

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:19 PM
Maybe for just the pads, I changed the discs too.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:20 PM
The set of pads only cost 35$ for 4 (2 per wheel)

The discs where 40$ each.

That deal is prob pads only.

lostsuspect21
06-01-2008, 08:21 PM
rotors :fyi:

Andrew12
06-01-2008, 08:21 PM
Oh well in either case, good work. ey.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:23 PM
rotors :fyi:

Ah rotors, thanks. I'm no mechanic, just learning about cars and stuff, I really like it.

twisztdauthorit
06-01-2008, 08:23 PM
changing the brakes is easier then it sounds, just don't pump the brakes while there aren't any pads in... the hydraulic cylinder poped out and spewed brake fluid all over my drive way.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:25 PM
Haha yeah. I used a clamp to push the cyclinder all the way back in, only thing is I forgot I had recently added some fluid to the system and a little bit spilled out from the reservoir before I realised, not a big mess tho. EMptied it a bit before doing the other side.

kauai808
06-01-2008, 08:25 PM
I've done hundreds of brake jobs. One's on hondas and toyotas are super easy. I always like to put nevercease on the back of the brake pads so they don't squeek and clean the rotors before i mount them. Good job on doing it yourself. Now you gotta check the rears.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:30 PM
Yeah well the rears are drum brakes, are they much harder? I've heard they can be a *****.

IDSkoT
06-01-2008, 08:35 PM
No pointing in doing the front and not the back.

I did all 4 rotors and pads on my Mustang and it came out to $200 bucks.
Did the work myself.
So, $200 bucks for a full job. It was ballerrr.

But, I had to rent a tool for my rear brakes. $100 dollar down payment and they give it back when you return the tool (Advanced Autoparts). Smokin' @ss deal.

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:44 PM
Yeah if the back were rotor/pad I would do them at the same time but my rear are drum brakes :S From what I've been told tho 80% of the breaking is done in the front and 20% on the back, so my back is prob fine for now.

What has to be changed in a drum brake? the drum?

boalova13
06-01-2008, 08:47 PM
i did mine today also. One of my screws on my front left caliper backed out and the other one was stripped and just sitting in there :crap:. It explained the rattling when i hit bumps lol.

dman4486
06-01-2008, 08:51 PM
drum brakes are a bit more difficult, as there are a bunch of springs and pins....and no you do not have to replace them every time you do the front

within the drum there are "shoes" that need to be replaced every once in a while

Nevalite
06-01-2008, 08:53 PM
Haha, did you manage to get it all fixed?

boalova13
06-01-2008, 08:58 PM
Haha, did you manage to get it all fixed?

Yea, i was pissed because i figured i'd have to wait until tomorrow to get the bolts from the dealer. Luckily smyth had them. :D