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Thread: 2001 Toyota Camry Rear Brake "Adjustment"

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    Jetman5467
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    Default 2001 Toyota Camry Rear Brake "Adjustment"

    Earlier this year I had posted to this group inquiring about adjusting
    my rear brakes as it seems the pedal has to travel too far in order to
    bring the car to a complete stop. At the time the vehicle had 36,000
    miles so I was pretty confident the front discs and rear drums didn't
    need replacing. The vehicle now has 42,500 miles and the brake issue
    is bothering me more than ever. I just had the 3,000 mile interval
    oil change and the dealer is once again offering to "adjust" the rear
    brakes for $40. Am I to believe he is just going to use the handbrake
    for that amount? I don't think so as they have been around for 25
    years and have an excellent reputation throughout the area; i.e., not
    the typical dealer. I understand the rear brakes self adjust and
    began using the handbrake almost daily since hearing of the self
    adjusting feature but this has not cured the problem at all. I have
    also tried the braking in reverse trick with similar results. I am
    wondering if I should pull the rear tires and try manually adjusting
    the star wheel and see if this helps. Any thoughts? As a side note
    the brakes have never been serviced and the brake fluid is at the
    proper level.

    Thanks so much.

    -Mark

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    Wolfgang
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    Default 2001 Toyota Camry Rear Brake "Adjustment"

    I'd check your front pads - they can eaily be gone at 40k. The fronts do a
    good 75+% of the braking so while the rear shoes (if drum) can last 100-150k
    miles the fronts can go at 30-40k miles easily. Far cheaper to replace them
    before its metal on metal. Pull the hand brake up 50 or so times to adjust.
    Yes you can adjust them manually if desired since suspect the handbrake only
    slightly turns the adjuster. The dealer would manually adjust while he has
    on the lift -- a quick $40 for him.

    "Jetman5467" <jetman5467@........> wrote in message
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    > Earlier this year I had posted to this group inquiring about adjusting
    > my rear brakes as it seems the pedal has to travel too far in order to
    > bring the car to a complete stop. At the time the vehicle had 36,000
    > miles so I was pretty confident the front discs and rear drums didn't
    > need replacing. The vehicle now has 42,500 miles and the brake issue
    > is bothering me more than ever. I just had the 3,000 mile interval
    > oil change and the dealer is once again offering to "adjust" the rear
    > brakes for $40. Am I to believe he is just going to use the handbrake
    > for that amount? I don't think so as they have been around for 25
    > years and have an excellent reputation throughout the area; i.e., not
    > the typical dealer. I understand the rear brakes self adjust and
    > began using the handbrake almost daily since hearing of the self
    > adjusting feature but this has not cured the problem at all. I have
    > also tried the braking in reverse trick with similar results. I am
    > wondering if I should pull the rear tires and try manually adjusting
    > the star wheel and see if this helps. Any thoughts? As a side note
    > the brakes have never been serviced and the brake fluid is at the
    > proper level.
    >
    > Thanks so much.
    >
    > -Mark

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    m Ransley
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    Default 2001 Toyota Camry Rear Brake "Adjustment"

    Rear brakes adjust backing up . Bad Master Cilinder or low pads.

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    ROBMURR
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    Default 2001 Toyota Camry Rear Brake "Adjustment"

    bleed the brakes also.

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