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Re: 80,831 miles until 1st brake job!

So for you folks that have the big mileage on original brakes do you have long commutes without hardly having to use the brakes? I have heavy traffic and mountain driving so my brakes don`t last long at all

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You are right - my 2013 FJ TT has 25k miles. Hardly drive it these days I think my brakes will last a while...or I will sell it (1st owner here :-)). My commuter is a 2014 Corolla and I get 39.6 mpg (average over last 2.5 years) -winter gas sucks. I commute 51.5 miles each way when I go to the office. 46+ miles of that are interstate cruising. My brakes will last a while.

Where/how your miles are put on determine your brake wear. No more. No less.
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So for you folks that have the big mileage on original brakes do you have long commutes without hardly having to use the brakes? I have heavy traffic and mountain driving so my brakes don`t last long at all
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IMO having a 6MT helps as well.

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You are right - my 2013 FJ TT has 25k miles. Hardly drive it these days I think my brakes will last a while...or I will sell it (1st owner here :-)). My commuter is a 2014 Corolla and I get 39.6 mpg (average over last 2.5 years) -winter gas sucks. I commute 51.5 miles each way when I go to the office. 46+ miles of that are interstate cruising. My brakes will last a while.

Where/how your miles are put on determine your brake wear. No more. No less.
HOW you drive is imo the #1 factor in brake issues i dont care how far or short your drive is, highway or city. my wife has had warped rotor issues on every car she has ever owned and been the primary driver on. all the way from a late 90s civic, 2 different accords and most recently a 2012 pilot. thats all im going to say about that lol
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So for you folks that have the big mileage on original brakes do you have long commutes without hardly having to use the brakes? I have heavy traffic and mountain driving so my brakes don`t last long at all
Mountain driving will kill brakes, yes. The FJ will downshift if coasting a lot to try to keep your speed, but not very effective I've noticed. Our '16 Sienna does the same with cruise control on.

The first 40k was mostly interstate with the spouse driving 30mi each way to school and back. The last 40k was mostly me on back roads in upstate NY, with a number of small hills. The vehicle rarely gets over 45/50mph on these roads. IOW, a 5 mile commute takes about 15 minutes with all the red lights and stop signs.

I contribute our distance in brakes in the way we drive - we coast up to almost every light, even if it is green. I know the timing of most of the lights in the area, and some you just know will turn yellow/red before you get to them, so I'll coast down from 45 mph down to 35, well before the yellow light - and then it turns yellow, red and I finally am down to 15mph or so before tapping the brakes a bit.

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Re: 80,831 miles until 1st brake job!

Coming back to update the first post...

After taking everything apart, the front pads were only worn about 50%. It was the rear pads that were gone! And I really mean, gone! One of the pads was completely missing - the caliper itself was grinding directly into rotor!

Surprisingly, the e-brake shoes were mostly like new - hardly any wear at all. Considering i used them mostly for the stopping the last 20k miles, I expected them to be shot.

I bought the one-level down gold/platinum level pads from Advanced Auto. Wasn't bad really. The calipers were $90 ea + $75 core charge. I replaced all 4 calipers and all 4 rotors, as well as as the rear e-brake shoes as well as a "e-brake" repair kit with new springs and trinkets. I think all in all was about $550 for parts, including flushing all fluid out. Much better than the $2800 quote I got from the dealer, which didn't even include the e-brake shoes.

One of the pistons in both front rotors were seized. Took me 2 C-clamps I "bent" trying to squeeze them back in until I just gave up and WTF it. Went online and found out about the very common issue here on these forums. Argh! That was a lot of time wasted - as I only had 1 car for a few days. When the spouse got back from a weekend trip, I finally was able to run out and get the front two calipers. Was already replacing one rear and said oh well, I'll replace the one other rear - just so I have all 4 new ones.

And I properly adjusted the e-brake and I now it holds rock solid.

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Re: 80,831 miles until 1st brake job!

Not to change the subject...I have 70k on mine but have a front left caliper that is sticking. I noticed when I rotated the tires and the inside pad was almost to minimum while the outside pad was barely worn. The caliper should be covered under my warranty. My thought is to go with TRD pads and I will possibly need a pair of front rotors. Does anyone put braided brake lines on their FJ?

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Not to change the subject...I have 70k on mine but have a front left caliper that is sticking. I noticed when I rotated the tires and the inside pad was almost to minimum while the outside pad was barely worn. The caliper should be covered under my warranty. My thought is to go with TRD pads and I will possibly need a pair of front rotors. Does anyone put braided brake lines on their FJ?
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Unless you are turning the rotors yourself (working a dealership does have some perks), I would always put on new rotors with new pads.

That's one hell of a warranty being 2014 was the last year of the FJs!

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80,831 miles until 1st brake job!

Agree with @eduncan911 on the rotors 100%.

Goodridge makes a set of stainless front lines for the FJ, I installed them on my rig last year. They’re sold as a StopTech set, part #950.44507.

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