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Old 11-13-2011, 12:56 PM   #11
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Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes

I have had a similar experience towing with my 4Runner. Like Gbaglo I attribute it to having the Prodigy brake controller set too low. I think I installed the controller and did not do the recommended testing and setting change. Since replacing the brakes, after 77,000 miles, I performed the testing and adjustments as specified in the user manual.

My mechanic stated I had 40% brakes left at about 63,000 miles. This was the time Escape arrived. Those last 40% went very fast. Now was my mechanic wrong, do I drive different now, or is towing the cause?

I can say the result was a different feel in braking and on some occasions I found the trailer wheels skidding during an abrupt stop. More often when stopping on loose gravel or sand. I then made another slight adjustment to reducing the brake application on the trailer. This year we did some extensive mountain driving and everything performed very well. I do not know the condition of my new brakes.


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Old 11-13-2011, 02:35 PM   #12
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Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes

I almost never have the front rotors turned. The new pads quickly conform to the existing grooves in the rotors, and I've never had a problem with warped disks (knock wood). Thinner rotors heat more quickly, contributing to fade and cost a lot to replace after one or two re-surfacings. I've seen no degradation in braking effectiveness. YMMV

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #13
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Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes

Just had my front brakes & rotors replaced at 44,151 miles.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #14
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Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes

What is more cost effective to replace the brakes on the trailer or the car.. the reason why I ask is it may be better to adjust the brake controller a tad on the higher side. Also there's that "boost" mode on the prodigy, which I guess you're supposed to use on extended downhills.. I never did though..
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #15
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Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes

Well, in the case of the RAV4, my cost for pads, rotors, shim kit, fitting kit and labor at the local dealer with 8% tax was $561.06. Less than half my driving on that set of pads was towing, and I do use boost when it makes sense, although I also downshift & use engine braking as much as possible.

I doubt having a set of trailer brakes installed would be anywhere near that - maybe I don't have the controller set high enough - with an estimate of 15K on the trailer the brakes are still at 50%.
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