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I know it's too early but has anyone looked into servicing the 2020 Highlander hybrid brake system? I typically do my own brake servicing, replacement and system bleed. Only experience I've had is with the conventional, older generation Honda brakes which is relatively straightforward to service. Are there any special considerations I need to be aware of? Regenerative brake components, other??? Thanks
 

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1. you need Techstream to bleed brakes or, DAYOR - do at your own risk. Brake actuators are VERY expensive to replace.
2. you have e-Brake right? As in - electric parking brake? If so, it has ot be, again, with Techstream use, released if you wish to place new pads in.
I spoke. DAYOR. $150 dealer to bleed brakes is money well spent, IMHO.
 

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Yikes, just googled brake bleeding for Toyota and Lexus hybrid. This is way beyond my pay rate. Need laptop and proper software to do it right. I'll pass. What about just straight pad and rotor replacement?
 

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I know it's too early but has anyone looked into servicing the 2020 Highlander hybrid brake system? I typically do my own brake servicing, replacement and system bleed. Only experience I've had is with the conventional, older generation Honda brakes which is relatively straightforward to service. Are there any special considerations I need to be aware of? Regenerative brake components, other??? Thanks
Here's a pdf for replacing the brake fluid in a Gen 3 HH - have no idea if it's the same for the Gen 4. It does list two ways - one with Techstream and one without.
 

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Are the brake pads and rotors relatively easy to replace? By extension, is there any software "reset" procedure required? Front and rear?
 

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Just like any other car. BUT.. to compress rear calipers, if you have electronic parking brake, you have to retract e-brake piston using Techstream.
Well I was going to ask this later but since it came up, Where does one get Techstream (hopefully for free) and is there a cable needed to connect the vehicle to a computer?
I found this site but it looks kinda sketchy....
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and does one really need a vehicle interface module as shown in the picture?
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Has anyone attempted to change their brakes yet, using this "hints"? Only have 16.5k miles on my 2020 so I am thinking it will be awhile for me but, always want to be prepared. One thing I always enjoyed about my Lexus, Corolla, and MDX, brakes and rotors are very easy to change and service.
 

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Has anyone attempted to change their brakes yet, using this "hints"? Only have 16.5k miles on my 2020 so I am thinking it will be awhile for me but, always want to be prepared. One thing I always enjoyed about my Lexus, Corolla, and MDX, brakes and rotors are very easy to change and service.
I’ve done it successfully on my ‘21 Highlander V6.

In that Care Care Nut video above he is doing it on a RAV4 but on my HL his way doesn’t work.
The step where you hold the parking brake switch down for 5 seconds he says to keep foot ON brake pedal, but I had to take foot OFF to get it to work.

I started a thread about it:

 

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I have never tried a brake fluid replacement on a vehicle with ABS. I'm pretty sure I could do it, if I had the right tools. Maybe if you keep the fluid up, it is easy. My guess is as long as you don't let air into the ABS system you are fine.
I've pretty much decided I want experts to take care of my brakes. I'm not an expert.
 
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