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Lexus GS 350



  • This should not be that difficult; 1st: you are entitled to one free brake replacement under the TSB. 2nd: if you have already taken advantage of this, try a Lexus/Toyota repair shop other than the dealer and they will save you approx. $100 or more on the charge of the replacement. Also, make sure you clean your wheels a minimum of once a week. With the sport brakes you need to clean off your wheels to avoid the build up. good luck
  • BushwackBushwack Posts: 258
    The TSB 'brake replacement' you mention (I think) regards the hi-performance pads that came with 2007 & 2008 GS with the 18" wheels. The TSB had to do with brake dust - not squeals.

    With that said, I also have the brake squeal issue with my '07 GS (22,000+ miles). The noise has already been acknowledged by the dealer and I will have the brakes & calipers replaced under warranty when the recall on the springs are done (sometime next month).
  • Excellent; I have found over the last 20 years that if your Lexus dealer is not taking care of you then switch. If their are limited choices, work up the line of command with customer service and you will get satisfaction People complain that the service schedule is expensive, but if you are faithful to your service advisor/dealer you will see miracles worked. I have been using the same dealer for 20 years. Squealing is not acceptable. Subscribe to Alldata for details regarding the TSB's etc.. Be armed before you even approach your service advisor. Also, "join" club Lexus (no fee) and learn from others what our problems and how they get them solved.
  • smr36smr36 Posts: 59
    I have '07 GS 350 w/ 18" wheels. When I took it to my non-dealer mechanic he said I needed to replace the front brakes, including rotors. They were not squeaking when I brought the car in. Cost $65 for front pads and $269 for rotors + labor. He said Lexus doesn't leave enough surface to grind (repair) rotors on the GS. I've used this guy for years and believe he's honest. Maybe I should have brought the car to the dealer.?? Anyway, water under the bridge. Car still drives great after 3 years. Nothing I'd rather drive. Have others replaced front brakes and NOT needed to replace rotors?
  • You didn`t mention how many miles you have on the brakes? Anyways, all the cars made today have thin disposal rotors.
  • I was told by Imy Lexus dealer that they CAN turn the rotors.
  • checkout brakes and rotors
  • Confirmed with 2 Lexus dealers; they do turn the rotors is sufficient "material" remains. Only the ISF with slotted rotters are replaced. Per advisor from Lexus Escondido Lexus does not follow BMW, Audi, and others with respect to disposable rotors. Make some phone calls and you will confirm.
  • I have checked with 2 Lexus dealers and this is crap...Lexus turns rotors if their is sufficient material remaining. I would question this shop.
  • I just took my 07 GS350 in for a 30,000 mile service and Lexus dealer quoted me $850. I checked with my local repair shop and they quoted $450 for the exact service. I am using the dealer because there is a list of things to do but it will be the last time. Up until that point I hadn't used the dealer for any service. I needed brakes and rotors and the dealer said the brakes were only good for 15,000 miles. Brakes should last at least 30,000 miles, so I am going to check with my local repair shop to see if there is a alternate pad available. Front brakes were $760, just for the pads.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    That price for just pads is way out of whack!
  • That price is crazy; 1) I just had my front brake pads replaced and rotors turned due to TSB; excessive brake dust, etc. Let me know if you need the exact TSB number. Dealer had no issue doing this and they replaced the pads with the redesigned pads that do not produce as much dust. In fact, I only have to clean my wheels when I wash the car, not every other day. 2) My 30k service was $535 at my Lexus dealer and this included a new battery. 3) 15k miles for the original equipment pads is about right based on your driving, but with the newer design I am confident I will see 30k miles or more. Good luck...This is poor customer representation by Lexus that their is so much difference in quoted prices from dealer to dealer.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    edited November 2010
    $450 sounds right for a 30K mile service at Lexus dealership.
    Mine was $425 (w/out new battery). Still have the original battery.
    $760 for front brake pads is a highway robbery!
    If your car is still under 4 yrs/50k mile warranty and the front brake is squealing, you can bring the car in and ask for TSIB 004-09 service,
    free of charge. New front rotors & pads.
    My car still has original rear pads after 50k miles. Thr front pads have
    18K miles after the TSIB service.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    My dealer told me the TSIB service on the brakes squealing is covered for the first 12k. The 4 yrs/50k warranty does not cover pads or rotors. I called Lexus Support, they confirmed that.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    edited November 2010
    Shame on your dealer and Lexus support. Also there is no such thing is pro-rated (from some BS dealer). I couldn't attach the TSB.
    So here's the copy & paste from the TSIB. Some pictures are missing. The TSIB applies to 2007 & 2008 GS350 AWD.

    Vehicle » Technical Service Bulletins » All Technical Service Bulletins » Brakes - Front Brake Squeal/Squeak In Cold Weather Notes

    Brakes - Front Brake Squeal/Squeak In Cold Weather


    April 17, 2009

    Front Brake Squeak (AWD)

    Category Brake

    Brake (front)




    Some Lexus customers may experience a squeal or squeak noise in cold weather conditions from the front of the vehicle when lightly applying the brakes. A new anti-squeal shim kit brake pad kit and disc brake rotors have been made available to address this concern. Use the following repair procedure to address customer concerns.

    Warranty Information

    ^ This repair is covered under the Lexus Comprehensive Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle's in-service date.

    ^ Warranty application is limited to correction of a problem based upon a customer's specific complaint.

    Parts Information

    Repair Procedure

    1. Conduct a road test to verify the noise condition. Noise usually occurs during stops with light pressure applied to the brake pedal.

    This procedure is for the right-hand side. Perform the same procedure for the left-hand side.

    2. Remove the front wheel.

    3. Remove the anti-rattle spring hole pin and clip.

    4. Remove the front brake pads with the anti-squeal shims from the caliper assembly.

    5. Remove the caliper assembly.

    NOTE Do NOT allow the caliper assembly to suspend by the flexible brake hose.

    6. Discard the original brake pads shims and disc rotor.

    7. Install the new disc rotor.

    8. Reinstall the caliper assembly.

    9. Install the NEW No. 1 and No. 2 anti-squeal shims on the brake pads. Do NOT apply any grease to the pads or shims.

    Only alternative front brake pads can be used with this application. Alternative front brake pads (P/N 04465-30400) are green in color.

    A. Install the No. 1 anti-squeal shims (112 mm wide) with the coated side toward the backside of the brake pads.

    B. Install the No. 2 anti-squeal shim (117 mm wide) onto the No. 1 anti-squeal shim with the coated side away from the brake pad.

    10. Center the No. 1 and No.2 anti-squeal shim locating tabs in the brake pad guides.

    11. Install the inner and outer NEW brake pads with the NEW anti-squeal shims into the caliper assembly.

    NOTE Ensure the pads with the wear indicators are installed on the inboard side of the calipers

    12. Install the anti-rattle spring hole pin and clip.

    13. Ensure the shim locating tabs are properly centered on the brake pad guides.

    14. Complete the repair by installing wheels and torque wheel nuts.

    Torque: 103 N*m (1050 kg*cm, 76 ft*lbf)

    15. Road test the vehicle to confirm the front brake squeak is NO longer present.
  • You need to find a different Lexus dealership; I just had my rotors and pads replaced under this TSB @ 32k. I looked up the actual TSB and it states the following: APPLICABLE WARRANTY

    ^ This repair is covered under the Lexus Comprehensive Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle's in-service date.

    I just can not believe the bad information in the market place, especially Lexus dealers trying to take advantage of their customers..
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Just curious if anyone has it done yet.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    Yes, maybe.I had the TSB service done at 9k when the dealer told me it had to be done before long as the brakes were not abused with excessive wear.Com On-only 9k. The poor guy that got ripped for $750 for the brake job should find another dealer!
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    No,but i just got the recall notice last week. They set me up with an appointment
    on 12/15 with a loaner.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    Thanks for posting all this info. Why the bad info from the dealer and lexus support?
    Talk about bad info; Just today fedex told me to pickup my package at wallingford, ct.pickup center at such address. Package wasn`t there. Come to find out there are 4 pickup centers in that town. I had to go to all 4 and finally got my package!
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