I have a 1998 Toyota Camry with a left front brake caliper that the dealer
says is going bad. What should we expect to spend to replace that part,
and are there any specific things I should be checking for if I go with a
third party (non dealer) repair? The quote was for between $1500 and
$2000. That seems pretty high for a part that I see selling online for
under $200. What is involved in the repair?
Was willing to have the dealer do the work, for apx. $200 more than I
thought it was worth just for the convenience, but IIRC correctly their
price for calipers only was over $400.
Seemed to me, if the calipers were going to be replaced, we ought to
also change the brake pads and rotors (rather than just machining them
There was also some question (online discussion groups) whether to
change the flex lines also, since they have been known to collapse
internally and cause symptoms similar to a seized caliper - though I
don't know if this is equally true for Toyota, it is considered
generally good practice I believe.
Also, I had a persistent, small leak of grease seeping from the driver
side inner CV joint, so I changed the calipers, brake pads, shims, fit
kit, rotors, flex lines, and driver side axle all with Toyota parts.
Our local dealer has made several errors on part numbers and always has
higher pricing, so the company I order from online supplied the part
numbers and prices - and they're always correct. Then with their
permission to save shipping back the axle core charge, I was able to go
"over the head" of the parts counter person, to the parts manager, he
checked the faxed list with his boss, and they agreed to price match
the parts, so I had them the next day.
Here's the list:
3/27/2006: 143,148, brake calipers, pads, slide pins, dust boots, shim
and fit kits, lh axle (diff.fluid change), brake flex lines
driver side axle, gkn 43420-06151-84, $124.36,
cotter pin tie rod end $.47, 95381-03020,
cotter axle $.45, 95381-04030
2 front brake calipers, reman. 59.27 ea, rt. 47730-33070-84, lt.,
2 rotor, $70.13 ea, 43512-33020,
brake pad set of 4, 2 for ea. side, $34.40, 04465-33210,
2 slide pins $5.68 ea., 47715-06030,
2 slide pins $5.68 ea., 47715-06020,
(lower slide pins include bushing 47769-50010, $3.00 ea.)
4 dust boots $2.87 ea., 47775-06030,
shim kit $18.86, 04945-33030,
fit kit $15.57 04947-33040,
2 front brake hoses (flex lines) $44.84 ea., lt. side 90947-02736,
rt. side 90947-02734,
4 gaskets (crush washers for brake flex lines) $.92 ea., 47389-30010,
rear brake flex lines, $30.89 ea., rt. side 90947-02752, lt.
two aluminum gaskets for transmission drain plug 90430-18008 $.89
==================The total for parts only was slightly over $700, but that also included
If someone else was doing the work, you'd have to estimate at least
double or around $1,500 - so if your dealer is replacing all the items
discussed, that may not be as far off as it seems.
You do also need to bleed the brakes of course.
The flex lines were costly, round numbers around $80 front, $60 rear,
plus roughly $125 for the axle, then roughly $150 for the rotor disks -
that's most of the cost right there.
If you're replacing the calipers, I definitely recommend replacing the
slide pins, and dust boots, and using synthetic caliper grease. Mine
were all jammed up - they're supposed to be free floating. It makes a
big difference in the operation of the brakes and they're relatively
===============================If you wanted to go the budget route, you could see about just using a
caliper rebuilding kit and leaving everything else alone.
Even having an independent shop perform the labor you might get away
for around $100 - $150.
I had already planned to do all this when the brakes wore out, so I
just accelerated my schedule. I plan on keeping the car a long time,
and now all the braking components are new genuine Toyota parts.
==============================It's true I had a larger order, subject to discount, but the left front
brake caliper was only $59, so for replacing that alone, $1500 to $2000
is way out of line.
Did he say why he thought it was bad? Typically it is visible when one pad
is much more worn than the others due to a piston sticking. Rebuilt
calipers are available that are as good as new ones - been awhile since I
bought one but should be about $75 and less than an hour to install. Its
remove wheel, remove brake line, remove pins holding pads, remove 2 bolts
and do reverse. Then bleae the brake system (get air out of the fluid
lines). I'd flush old out at same time. I hope for $1500-2000 he was going
to replace both calipers, the rotors and the pads too? Go elsewhere!
Calipers usually last the lifetime of a car. Guess ur unlucky..
$2000 is way too high.
I saw this for sale on Toyotanation.com
Go do some research to see if the calipers for the tundra will fit your
camry. logically thinking, it will not but if you need other parts from
this guy, it might help you.
here are some other place that you should check out for pricing
all the best
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