Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Brake Pads

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Front and Rear
  1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts.
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  3. Remove about 1 / 3 of the fluid from the master cylinder reservoir to prevent the fluid from overflowing when installing new pads. Install the reservoir lid.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the wheels.
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  9. If necessary on rear brake pads, remove the brake hose mounting bracket attached to the strut.
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  11. Loosen and remove the caliper mounting bolts, then remove the caliper assembly, without disconnecting the brake line. Position it aside.
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  13. Slide out the old brake pads along with any anti-squeal shims, springs, pad wear indicators and pad support plates.
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Fig. Exploded view of the front brake pads



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Fig. Exploded view of the rear brake pads

To install:

  1. Install the pad support plates into the torque plate.
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  3. Install the pad wear indicators onto the pads. Be sure the arrow on the indicator plate is pointing in the direction of rotation.
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  5. Install the anti-squeal shims on the outside of each pad and then install the pad assemblies into the torque plate.
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  7. Compress the caliper piston into the bore.
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  9. Position the caliper back down over the pads.
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  11. Install and tighten the caliper mounting bolts.
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  13. Install the wheels. Check the brake fluid level.
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INSPECTION

If you hear a squealing noise coming from the brakes while driving, check the brake pad thickness and pad wear indicator by looking into the inspection hole on the brake cylinder with the wheels removed and the vehicle safely supported. The wear indicator is designed to emit a high pitched squealing noise when the brake pad wears down to 2.5mm at which time the brake wear pleat and rotor disc rub against each other. If there are traces of the pad wear indicator contacting the rotor (brake disc), the brake pads should be replaced.

The inspect the brake lining thickness, look through the inspection hole and measure the lining thickness using a machinists rule. Also look for signs of uneven wear. Standard thickness is 10mm. The MINIMUM allowable thickness is 0.039 in. (1mm) at which time the brake pads MUST be replaced.


NOTE
Always replace the brake pads in sets. Never just replace one side. When inspecting or replacing the brake pads, check the surface of the disc rotors for scoring, wear and runout. The rotors should be resurfaces if badly scored or badly worn.

 
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