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2007 Rav 4- Front Brake pad growl during stops

I have 2007 Rav 4 with 60K miles.
At about 25K with the original pads I started hearing a rough pad growl, just as the vehicle would come to a stop. I decided to get another set of factory pads and replace the original pads. The rotors looked great and there was approximately still another 15 to 20K of life left on the pads I was replacing, but I went ahead and changed the pads. The braking growl went away till I got to about 55K, and the growl started again. I decided to try a different set of front pads and installed a set of Raybestos ceramic pads, the growl started again at 60K. The rotors aren't warped, and for each of the brake pad replacements I lubed correctly and installed the original factory pad shims.
Has anyone else experienced this front brake pad symptom with their Rav 4?

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  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    I have the same problem on a 2007 RAV4 with 27k miles.  I'm going to replace the pads if that solved the problem for you (at least it did for another 25-30k).  Did you use premium brake pads as replacements?

  • harrisd694 Jun 22, 2009

    I had a suggestion to bleed the lines, which I did bleed the fronts,
    with no improvement.
    I finally was able to stop the Growl by replacing my Raybestos Pro series ceramics, with some softer less expensive Wagner Thermo Quiet pads. They are a bit softer and immediately took care of the problem. The only problem with the less expensive is you don't get the replacement anti-rattle clips, but you usally don't need to replace them every time. Just clean them up and lube as suggested, with the new pads.

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I had a 2008 rav4 and within the first 10,000 I noticed this problem. Had the pads changed at 12, 22, 30, all free of charge from the dealer. Had the rotors replaced as well twice, the issue came up again & since it was a lease I threatened to sue and I was released from my term fee free. If you are having the same issue post here we need to open a dialogue. I'm sure many people have just paid for repairs without thinking it's an issue on the vehicle. Toyota will deny it until it's a media issue....

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I had what sounds like the same problem with my v6 2007 rav4. When the brakes were replaced at 27000 miles, the toyota tech had installed the caliper mounting pins in the wrong mounting place, what I mean is that one pin is shorter than the other and he put the top pin in the bottom and vice-versa. this allows the caliper to operate unevenly and wore down the pads on that side much faster than the other side because it was always rubbing and therefore warped the rotor from overheating. It took 2 trips back to the dealer and 2 independent shops before that was found.

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Well...did you try checking your break lines? You're probably not getting an even amount of pressure. I would bleed the lines and replace the break fluid.

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I have a 2009 corolla with the same problem. Took it to the dealership and they replaced it free of charge under warranty.

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This seems to be a problem w/ these cars i have replaced front pads 3 times with the same exact sound!!! Only 25,000!!!!

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  • trojan2009 Jun 22, 2009

    they have been bleed and checked by the dealer three times, I have been in two other rav4 and they all have the same issue, looks like toyota my have a potential problems with the entire system...recall??? I can say that I will never buy a rav4 again!

  • rotor123456 Nov 05, 2010

    We have the same problem. After front and back brakes were change there was no grow for a while l, but after some 2000 miles it came back. We took car to dealer, they said they did not know which it is the cause of this problem.

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