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A Complete Guide to the Brake Pads in Your Toyota

Brake pads typically start to wear down after 25,000 miles, so you will need to pay attention to them sooner or later. So it’s pretty important to know as much as you can about the brake pads in your Toyota.

This guide explains everything all Toyota owners need to know about brake pads, including:

  • The signs of worn brake pads
  • How to check and replace them

Toyota pads and rotor

Signs of Worn Brake Pads

It’s recommended to check your brake pads every time you change or rotate your tires, but sometimes the symptoms will crop up between intervals. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Spongy brake pedal
  • Squealing, grinding, or screeching noise from the Toyota brake pad wear indicator whenever the brake pedal is pressed
  • Vibration in the brake pedal
  • Illumination of the brake warning light

How to Check Your Brake Pads for Excessive Wear

It's pretty easy to check your brake pads. All you have to do is to lift your car, remove the wheels, and visually inspect the brake pads on your Toyota. Brake pad thickness is the main indicator of brake pad wear, but there are a few other things you also need to check.

You can find a complete set of instructions on checking your Toyota brake pads here.

Comparing OEM Brake Pads to Aftermarket Brake Pads

If you’re trying to decide between OEM and aftermarket replacement brake pads, this Toyota brake pads vs. aftermarket brake pads article may help you reach an educated decision. Basically, we recommend OEM brake pads because they’re higher quality and more compatible with your Toyota’s braking system than aftermarket brake pads.

Where to Buy Genuine OEM Toyota Brake Pads at Reasonable Prices

Set on using OEM brake pads? We have good news: you're not stuck paying a ridiculous marked up price at a Toyota dealership for OEM brake pads. You can save quite a bit of money by ordering genuine OEM brake pads online. We offer wholesale pricing for OEM Toyota parts, including brake pads. Here's a list of our best sellers:

  • Part No. 04465-0E010: For 2010-2018 Highlanders and Siennas
  • Part No. 04465-35290: For 2004-2014 4Runners, FJ Cruisers, Sequoias, and Tundras
  • Part No. 04466-0E010: For 2011-2018 Highlanders and Siennas
  • Part No. 04465-07010: For 2010-2017 Avalons and Camrys

If you don’t see brake pads for your car in the list above, you can look up your Toyota in our catalog to see if we carry brake pads for your car.

How to Know if You Should Replace Your Rotors Too

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is, “should I replace the brake pads and rotors at the same time?”

The answer is: it depends on several factors, including:

  • The condition of your rotors
  • Whether you buy OEM or aftermarket brake pads

This article goes into more detail about replacing your rotors along with your brake pads. It should also help you decide whether it’d be a good idea in your situation.

How to Replace Your Front and Rear Brake Pads

Replacing your brake pads isn’t rocket science. It’s something most people can do at home with a car lift or jack stands. It basically requires removing the wheel, lifting up the caliper, and then replacing the brake pads. You can find a good model-specific tutorial online. We put together this tutorial for the Highlander, although it may still be used on another Toyota model.

Written by Jason Lancaster