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I thought for sure we had this info in 3rd Gen, Then I figured it would be in the manual, but NOOOOooo!

I hope this thread will be helpful. There is always more than one way to do something, so don't take it as some rule. This is how I approached the work. If you learn something from the info here, great! If not, feel free to add how you do things so we can all learn.

So since I have the brand new rotors sitting here, I better log it!
the OEM Rotors brand new are:
28mm thickness and Weight is 21lbs (the entire disc thikness), and 7mm thickness of each surface disc. (The rotor is not solid, so it is 2 discs sandwiched together with air vents between the 2 sides. *You only need the first measure I refer to/28mm).
The rear pads are 10mm thick.
The front pads I forgot to measure before I put them on.

*But I didn't need to change the rotors in the front or rear as they were still at about 28mm. Also they barely had any indent on the surface.

But, at 55K miles my front pads were well worn!
I had about 2mm of pad left on a couple while other 2 had 1mm of life!
Good timing!
I looked over the brake calipers and pins and gave them a bit of a dusting, and just replaced the pads.
I will check the rears tomorrow and see what they need.

Some added helpful info/via @MikeInNH and @Is973800 :

Lug nuts 76 ft lbs
Front bracket bolts are 77 ft lbs, (76ft.lb. 2nd Gen)
Front caliper slide pin bolts are 25 ft lbs.
Front flex hose to caliper is 22 ft lbs with new union bolt and gasket.
Rear bracket bolts are 70 ft lbs (2nd Gen 57ft.lb.
Rear caliper slide pin bolts are 20 ft lbs.
Rear flex hose to caliper is 16 ft lbs with new union bolt and gasket.

Specs listed for 2014-2016
Thanks, especially for picture #4. I was looking at that on my HL yesterday, but I wasn't sure that was the jack point.
 

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No Prob. Glad it was helpful!

FYI: Each post has a "thank you" (this was the case before the redesign)
button as well, this help see which posts have been ....helpful :)

Thanks for the direct note!

Cheers!
 

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I tackled the fronts as they were shot at 41K and I mean almost down to the metal. The one thing I didn't see mentioned was the bolt used to pull off the rotors. I smacked the old rotor just about as hard as I could with a rubber mallet and even a small sledge, all to no avail. It wouldn't budge. I found a #8 bolt and gave it a shot in one of the holes and within a few turns with a ratchet, the rotor popped right off. I still have no clue why it wouldn't budge with a hammer, yet a few simple and easy turns broke it free.
Anyway, please keep that in mind when you're pulling your rotors. It'll save you a bunch of energy and time.

Great post Phil!
 

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2019 highlander limited 5000 miles rotors warped, vibration in floor when lightly applying brakes at 60 mph. I am very easy on brakes. All the dealer would do Is surface rotors, even after I found service bulletin with exact symptom. It was for 2017-2018,which said replace rotors and pads. Poor design even worse customer service, sorry I bought this vehicle. Last Toyota for me. After living with this car for awhile I find its very cheap, had 2002 Highlander that had quality. Sorry Toyota you are greedy at best.
 

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2019 highlander limited 5000 miles rotors warped, vibration in floor when lightly applying brakes at 60 mph. I am very easy on brakes. All the dealer would do Is surface rotors, even after I found service bulletin with exact symptom. It was for 2017-2018,which said replace rotors and pads. Poor design even worse customer service, sorry I bought this vehicle. Last Toyota for me. After living with this car for awhile I find its very cheap, had 2002 Highlander that had quality. Sorry Toyota you are greedy at best.
Cannot argue with you on that Costantino...But, I'll take it over the other options for now. Greed is not innate, it is taught.
 

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So do new pads improve the mushiness sensation of HL brakes? I find HL brakes to not be very confidence inpiring in general and it seems it takes a long time to actually stop...Is it just me getting used to the HL or do others here feel the same regarding the brakes? I don't expect it to stop like a BMW, but the HL seems to be at the other end of the spectrum.
 

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Great info on this post, Phil Indeblanc!

For anyone that cares, I found this combo to be solid (not necessarily cheap) for Toyota and other mfgs, including Chevy trucks, and severe towing duty.

Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pads by Advics®
EBC RK Series Premium Rotors

Saw that someone above recommended Power Stop @ Rock Auto. Not impressed. Used that brand (matched) on a 2010 Chevy Malibu LT. Never experienced a set of rotors go south so fast in my life! Power Stops felt good when new but within 2,500 miles on a daily driver, everything was bad. Car was driven normally, not auto-crossed or anything funky.

Looked into Centric too, many people use them, but found their quality to be inconsistent overall. You can beat the EBC rotors up and they stay true, no vibration or hot spotting. The Advics (Aisin) Ultra-Premium Ceramic pads 'feel' like OE on initial cold bite and they are very linear, but they give a slight boost in overall feel and performance. :cool:
 
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