TC Brake Pad Change
Very easy, absolutely DIY, no special tools or skills required. Kudos to TOYOTA for making it so easy... Remeber that real car enthussiasts always change pads themselves to enusre on of the most critical componenents of your car operates properly....
14mm socket wrench(for front wheels)
17mm socket wrench (for rear wheels)
c-clamp or caliper piston tool
1. Remove the wheel completely (follow car's manual)
2. Locate two large bolts on the back of caliper
3. This step is different for the front and rear wheels: FRONT wheels: Using 14mm socket remove ONLY the UPPER bolt REAR wheels: Using the 17mm socket remove ONLY the LOWER bolt
4. Swing the inner part of the caliper out to expose the pads
5. Using a c-clamp SLOWLY (single turn every 15 secs) push the pad (and the piston underneath it) in until the piston is almost flush with its housing
6. Note the position of pads
7. Remove the pads (two per wheel)
8. Install new pads, make sure their friction surfaces face THE ROTOR
9. Swing the caliper back in
10. Reinstall the bolt removed in step 3, tighten by HAND
11. Reinstall the wheel (follow car's manual)
12. Follow the bedding/brake-in process as outlined by the manufacturer of the pads and/or avoid hard braking for the first 100 miles
NOTE: The front pads have the same exact specs as CELICA GTS, the rear as LEXUS ES300 and COROLLA
'05 TC/ 5-spd
Now in Chicago...
Tein s-tech, TRD Rear Sway Bar, Sumitomo HTR+
Last edited by Tomas; 02-04-2012 at 08:36 PM.
Reason: corrected step numbers
I gotta change my brake lines too that's why I was wondering...
... now how hard is it to change the rotors?
Not hard at all.
All you have to do is:
1. Remove the other bolt on the caliper
2. Slide the caliper off
3. Suspend the the caliper with some wire and hang it on the springs up top. Don't let the brake line and caliper just dangle.
4. Remove the bolts from the caliper mount.
5. Slide off the mount.
6. Slide off the rotor, which might take a little bit of force due to rusting.
If the top bolt is too tight slip a metal pole over the handle of the socket wrench and gently use it to apply more leverage to loosen the bolt. The C-clamp can be found at any store that sells tools like SEARS. I use to work there as a mechanic.