Brake Pad Replacement Problem

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by Will Evans, May 2, 2018.

  1. Will Evans

    Will Evans Active Member

    Hi Guys, hoping for some input;

    Last night I changed the front brake pads on my 06 Tacoma and I had some difficulties getting the inner pad out on the driver side. I installed the new pads but my wheel wouldn't rotate. After I pressed on the brake pedal a few times, it released and seemed fine. My truck rolled out of the drive way this morning in neutral no problems. I drove into work this morning (about 25km) and my driver side wheel was very hot compared to my passenger side.I could see a bit of smoke coming from the pads/rotor. Also I could feel the truck shaking when I brake as if my rotors had warped from the heat.

    I'm assuming that I have a bad caliper. What do you guys think?

    Thanks in advance,
     
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  3. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a caliper to me,... Did you grease the slides and clips where the pads sit? Something is obviously not letting the caliper release easily, whether internal or external.
     
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  4. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    Vibration could definitely be from a warped rotor but it sounds like you’ve got your caliper catching.
     
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    Will Evans

    Will Evans Active Member

    Thanks guys. I bought new rotors and calipers today. Going to put them on tonight. Hoping my new pads aren't damaged from driving to work this morning.
     
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  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Pads should be fine. The new rotors and calipers should fix it. Make sure to use the right lube on everything. Good luck.
     
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  7. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

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  8. Bogunn

    Bogunn Well-Known Member

    So wrong. This thread is about brake calipers.
     
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    Will Evans

    Will Evans Active Member

    Well I got the new calipers and rotors installed. When I am slowing down and get to about 0-30km/h range i feel the front end shaking a bit and a bit of a pulsation in the brake pedal. Any idea what could be causing this? Do i need to 'break' in my new brakes? Lol. I was very careful when putting the wheel on making sure I tighten the lugs in a star pattern. I only feel the shaking when I brake kind of hard.

    Let me know what you guys think :)
     
  10. Nogdog007

    Nogdog007 Active Member

    Still sounds like warped rotors. You said you replaced them?
     
  11. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Does it have Aftermarket wheels?
     
  12. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Might be the lug nuts and or wheels need balanced.
     
  13. Nogdog007

    Nogdog007 Active Member

    Shaking only during stops wouldn't be a wheel balance issue or the lug nuts. My recommendation is take off the pads and warranty them out if you just bought them. Be sure to lube those guide pins on the calipers. And see if that fixes it.
     
  14. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Ok
     
  15. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Did you grease the guide pins?
    Use the lube
     
  16. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Maybe you’re feeling the ABS if you are really jamming the brake pedal? You shouldn’t have to look back after new rotors, calipers and pads. Did you clean the oil film off of the new rotors? Acetone or brake cleaner? Oil can do funny stuff for brake pads.
     
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  17. Nogdog007

    Nogdog007 Active Member

    I was thinking if you out pads on and the caliper was frozen you could have unevenly wore out the pad and as it connects to the rotor it's hopping causing the vibration. The auto store should swap out the pads for a different set if they're new. I just wouldn't tell them you had locked calipers. Just say you installed pads and rotors and have the issue.
     
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    Will Evans

    Will Evans Active Member

    Well here is a bit more detail of the work I did.
    The rotors were nice and clean so I took them right out of the bag and put them on.
    I did grease the guide pins but i suppose I could have been more generous with the lube. I do not think it is the ABS, whenever the ABS is activated I hear it and I certainly do not hear it in this scenario.
    The strange thing is it brakes smooth above 30km/h and if I hold the pedal constant, as soon as I drop down to the 0-30km/h range it starts to shake. It's not the rear brakes because I didn't have the shaking issue before I started the work.

    The pad didn't wear down too much at all when I drove it to work the other day, it looked almost untouched but there was definitely a lot of heat. After a bit of a longer drive I notice I don't really feel a pulsation in the pedal, just the front end shaking.

    I need to replace the brake lines so I'll have the wheels off again this weekend. The flare line got a bit of a kink in it when I took the fitting off and since its brakes I don't want to take any chances. Is it possible the restricting in the brake line due to the kink could be causing the shaking?

    I really do appreciate your input guys!
     
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  19. Nogdog007

    Nogdog007 Active Member

    Yes definetly could be the brake line and the abs is kicking on if the restriction to the caliper is off.
     
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    Will Evans

    Will Evans Active Member

    So I've also heard that the brake pads need to be 'broke in' for lack of a better term. They need some heat to 'cure'. Since my caliper was seized and one pad dragged on it, is it possible that the surface of the pads have a different amount of grab on the rotor causing the shake?
     
  21. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    New brake pads generally do take a couple days to get the gloss burned off and kind of “wear to fit.” Since they were installed with your old rotors first, and a sticky caliper, they may have started to wear a little funny. I personally wouldn’t worry about exchanging the pads, just give it a few days and you’ll most likely start noticing everything starts to get a little smoother and actually start stopping better. For future reference, ALWAYS clean new rotors with something to cut the protective layer of oil. No need to worry about it now, it’ll burn off soon. Def change that kinky brake line though.
     
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