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I have been experiencing vibration in the brakes practically since the truck was new in 2001. I had the rotors turned and new pads put on in April, 2008 with 49,000 miles at the DEALERSHIP. Now, there is really bad vibration like I have never felt before and i was told a brake specialist I need new rotors and pads because there isn't enough surface left on the rotors to turn them again. I currently have 76,xxx miles. Why didn't Toyota know about the service bulletin the first time. I just found out about it because I was curious about why there is such bad vibration and did a little research. I just got off the phone with the dealership and they won't do anything about it because the truck is out of warranty.

Do you guys think I can still get the upgrade done even though the truck is out of warranty and the bulletin is so old?

I don't want to pay for new rotors and pads and continue to have the same issues!

What do you guys think?
 

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You sure can get the upgrade but it's gonna cost you. TSB's aren't recalls where the manufacturer has to foot the bill to upgrade/replace the parts so more times than not, the dealer charges the customer for these upgrades. You can order the larger calipers and get them installed or install them yourself from Toyota or even go aftermarket but make sure they're the newer calipers, i can't rememeber the different markings between the two. It's common for rotors nowadays to only have 1 or maybe 2 turning in them if you're lucky and it's not only Toyota, it's every car manufacturer saving weight and cost going to thinner rotors.

The most important part of preventing warped rotors is to keep the rear drums adjusted tight. Most people dont bother with this and they always come back w/warped rotors. There are many post about keeping the drums adjusted properly so the search function is your friend.
 

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good luck with dealership if warranty ran out. if you need new rotors i've heard brembos are good, or do the mod upgrade to 2003 tundra calipers a lot of members have done this upgrade, and have had no problems. i have a 2000 tundra and have had to replace 3 sets of rotors :eek: eventually i will upgrade its on my long list of things to do :D
 

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I bought my truck at 42000 miles, never had the brake upgrade done on it. At 50k I needed pads so I checked and saw that there was a tsb for the brakes. I called the dealership and they said that toyota did it on trucks if someone complained about it up to 36k miles I believe. After that it is your problem. I have started collecting parts to do the upgrade so far with bolts, lines rotors and pads I have about 200.00 invested and only have to buy the calipers still.

But I have turned my original rotors 4 or 5 times. Now depending on how bad yours were warped will determine how many turns you can do on a rotor before it is worn out.
 

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http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/brakes/117584-how-to-early-tundra-brake-upgrade/

Here is the fix and good luck getting it done! trucks will be trucks just too bad you did not get thids done for free, did you get the lower ball joints done for free? They were done under recall and can still be done if they have not been done before by Toyota!
I wasn't aware of any recals of the lower ball joints. Are you sure it applies to the 2000-2002 models? I have heared of the ball joint issues with 2005-2006 models. I don't know what I will do about the brakes just yet, I still have some time. So until I do something about the brakes I guess I should take it easy.

However, I am doing the steering rack bushing replacement this weekend, so with the wheels off I can get a better look at everything. Should be FUN!
 

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BELIEVE THE BALLJOINT TSB!!!! In short I had a spacer lift on for a few years last year on my Bday I was crossing some RxR tracks when the front rght tire CAME OFF. I think my thread on this is in here with pics. Also do the brake upgrade yourself and just trim the backing plate. Toyota wanted to pull the front apart to do it and then realign it, making a hour or so job into an all day labor party.
 

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2002-2004 so you should be ok with the Ball Joints!! I enclosed the recall but as mentioned you should not be involved!
 

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BELIEVE THE BALLJOINT TSB!!!! In short I had a spacer lift on for a few years last year on my Bday I was crossing some RxR tracks when the front rght tire CAME OFF. I think my thread on this is in here with pics. Also do the brake upgrade yourself and just trim the backing plate. Toyota wanted to pull the front apart to do it and then realign it, making a hour or so job into an all day labor party.
I am going to call Toyota about the recall. I don't understand how it is only 2002-2004 for that particular recall on the ball joints. I may be wrong, but from what I understand 2001-2002 Tundras are identical, and if so, why 2001 models wouldn't be included.

Also, I have read on a couple threads that people were able to have the dealership do the brake upgrade WELL out of warranty period!:confused: So if I can get a disctrict manager on the phone maybe I can persuade them to do it for me. Especially considering the recent events that have transpired with Toyota vehicles.

I would like to exhaust all possibilities and receive a definite answer before I spend any money.

However, I do want to thank everyone for their input so far!!:tu:
 

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Good Luck with Toyota but you never know, with the stuff Corporate is dealing with at this time you could get them to help? even though they do not have to since recalls is the only must fix they have to do by law. But i have been hearing a lot of good stuff as far as customers getting Toyota to help them when they would otherwise not have to! I guess my experience with Toyota reps is different than most others!:)
 

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Just called them and no luck with it, Im really upset from toyota, i never even knew there was a recall from them when the truck was new, thanks toyota!
 

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Just called them and no luck with it, Im really upset from toyota, i never even knew there was a recall from them when the truck was new, thanks toyota!
no need to be too upset your truck is a 2001 and the brake upgrade was only a TSB which has to be taken care of during warranty period or it will not be done which i am sure Toyota told you that? The Upper Ball joints did not cover the 2001 and it was a recall and was for 2002-2004 so RELAX and get un mad!:)
 
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