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How much for replacing break pads for highlander

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Don't forget 4 cans

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koffey wrote:
May 17th, 2017 1:14 pm
Don't forget 4 cans

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Careful mate, you don't wanna get sued.

I wonder how many RFDers still remember this.
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Anikiri wrote:
May 17th, 2017 11:46 am
Rotor's don't cause noise. While I agree that you should change rotors, but they don't cause noise. The pads (when spent) cause the noise.

He's taking you for a ride, do what I said, pay about the same and get the best in the market. Or do what engineered said and pay less for your brakes.
Old rotors + new pads very often will cause noise. This is caused by the groove on the old rotors grinding against the sharp edge of the new pads. That's why you either have the rotors turned or you replace rotors at the same time.

I don't understand the 1 year comment though. They either make noise or they don't in the first few weeks.
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I'll add my $0.02.
If you cheap out on rotors and pads expect them to rust out quickly. I have been doing my own brakes for at least 25 years. These days I only buy genuine Toyota brake parts. Not worth the hassle for me to use cheap parts, since I'm doing the work myself and saving labour costs. May not apply to all if you just pay someone to do it.
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PurpleTiger wrote:
May 17th, 2017 2:13 pm
I'll add my $0.02.
If you cheap out on rotors and pads expect them to rust out quickly. I have been doing my own brakes for at least 25 years. These days I only buy genuine Toyota brake parts. Not worth the hassle for me to use cheap parts, since I'm doing the work myself and saving labour costs. May not apply to all if you just pay someone to do it.
Definitely don't cheap out on the cheapest parts, but Centric/ATE/Brembo aftermarket parts are perfectly fine. They're often suppliers to OEMs anyhow.
That said you can sometimes get decent prices when you buy parts from dealers.
I used to buy oil and filters from the BMW dealership because they were pretty cheap.
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engineered wrote:
May 17th, 2017 2:26 pm
Definitely don't cheap out on the cheapest parts, but Centric/ATE/Brembo aftermarket parts are perfectly fine. They're often suppliers to OEMs anyhow.
That said you can sometimes get decent prices when you buy parts from dealers.
I used to buy oil and filters from the BMW dealership because they were pretty cheap.
I don't actually understand this one. I buy my VW504/507 oil from the VW dealership... because they're 50% cheaper than Canadian Tire. I don't get it.
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Anikiri wrote:
May 17th, 2017 2:45 pm
I don't actually understand this one. I buy my VW504/507 oil from the VW dealership... because they're 50% cheaper than Canadian Tire. I don't get it.
They likely use it to bring people into the dealership. They're still making a small profit on it and they have the chance that you'll see a nice new Golf R and want to buy it, or have the dealer do some work on your car, or buy some accessories.
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I don't think op is trying to cheap out on parts, he just wanted to see if the quote make sense which to me it doesn't since this is the first pad change and instead of just resurfacing the rotors the mechanic is asking to replace outright, saying they will "make noise" otherwise. Yeah, if you don't resurface perhaps but everyone do that so replacing just seems extreme and unnecessary. If this is the mechanics own preference then it is fine but it is at the Op expense of extra labour.
PurpleTiger wrote:
May 17th, 2017 2:13 pm
I'll add my $0.02.
If you cheap out on rotors and pads expect them to rust out quickly. I have been doing my own brakes for at least 25 years. These days I only buy genuine Toyota brake parts. Not worth the hassle for me to use cheap parts, since I'm doing the work myself and saving labour costs. May not apply to all if you just pay someone to do it.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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hdom wrote:
May 17th, 2017 11:57 pm
I don't think op is trying to cheap out on parts, he just wanted to see if the quote make sense which to me it doesn't since this is the first pad change and instead of just resurfacing the rotors the mechanic is asking to replace outright, saying they will "make noise" otherwise. Yeah, if you don't resurface perhaps but everyone do that so replacing just seems extreme and unnecessary. If this is the mechanics own preference then it is fine but it is at the Op expense of extra labour.
Thanks for your thoughts. I don't think I want to replace rotors. I will ask how much for pads+resurfacing. Anyone knows how much a mechanic charges for those? let's say pads are oem.

I plan to keep this car for another 2 years, then I will trade in. Just wondering if there is huge difference between regular pads and oem pads if I will drive this car for another 2 years or so.

Thanks everyone for your information! very helpful.
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It's not worth it to resurface rotors. The cost in labour is about the same as buying new ones...
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EP32k2 wrote:
May 19th, 2017 12:32 am
It's not worth it to resurface rotors. The cost in labour is about the same as buying new ones...
+1. Just buy the parts yourself and it will be cheaper than resurfacing. Resurfacing makes little sense these days.
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Synthetic oil change $70 is a fairly good deal, and what I would do it for. I would charge $100 labour per axle, plus the cost of pads for a brake job. Extra $25 labour per rotor, plus cost of rotor if any were bad. As said, it isnt worth resurfacing rotors.
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I called dealer today. 1200+ for pads and rotors. However, only 400 bucks for pads and resurfacing! wow, that's good price. But they said it's not up to us what to do, I need to pay them 58 bucks first to check whether replacing or resurfacing. I am tempted to pay this 58 bucks. :)
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You are still undecided about resurfacing the rotors?
Just replace them all and not worry again for the next 4-5years.
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vkizzle wrote:
May 19th, 2017 11:09 am
You are still undecided about resurfacing the rotors?
Just replace them all and not worry again for the next 4-5years.
I only want to keep this car for another 2 years or so. Moreover, dealer will charge only 400 bucks for pads and resurfacing.

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