I've been replacing the brakes myself on my cars since I had my first car in high school ('89). Since the, I had a few cars that had terrible brake wobble after some amount of miles, some cars seemed worse than others. I think my 2006 4 Runner was the worst of the bunch, the only bad thing about that car. I've always either replaced or turned the rotors. (Now I just replace)
I replaced the brakes and rotors on my current car, a 2012 Toyota Sequoia last November. They were pulsing on and off at times when stopping at highway speeds, but I just noticed (11 months later) the brake pads were completely worn and the rotors visibly worn too.
I found a post here about measuring the rotor runout after installing the rotors, I have never done this for any of my brake jobs, but the poster said it elimited his rotor issues. For the brake job I did this weekend, I bought myself a dial indicator and measured the runout after putting on the new rotors. I cleaned off the hub with a wire brush on my drill and then nuked it with brake cleaner. I put the rotor on with all 5 lugs and measured the runout.
On one wheel I had about .002 inches of movement, I removed the rotor turned it 180 degrees and then it was nearly 0. For the passenger side, I could not get it below .002 inches.
Two easy questions:
- Is .002 acceptable?
- How tight to the lugs need to be on the rotor? I put then on and then tightened with a socket wrench.
I know I'm asking after the fact, but I'd like to know for next time.
And just for clarity, the lugs were torqued to spec when the rims were put back on.