Bad brake job or normal wear?

Tiny
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  • 2006 TOYOTA TACOMA
  • 75,000 MILES
I have a 2006 toyota Tacoma. I got my front brake pads replaced about 2 months ago and I noticed when I picked up my car that is was making this squeaking rubbing noise when I accelerated out of a full stop. I took it back to the mechanic because it was annoying and I wanted to make sure that nothing was wrong. He told me that the brake pads he installed were slightly larger than the originals and that something was rusty and the brake pads were rubbing a bit on the rust and that he could turn the rotors but doesn't recommend doing that on a Toyota. So he sent me away free of charge and told me to bring it back after around 1000 miles if the sound does not stop (assuring me that I wasn't doing any damage to anything). Well after about a month the noise did go away but now I have vibration in my brake pedal when I brake. I have taken it back to the same place and am awaiting the verdict. If it is the rotors, shouldn't this shop be held responsible?
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 12:19 AM

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Tiny
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So they never turned the rotors or replaced them when they did the brake job?Also you would have to prove the brake pad replacement caused the rotors to warp.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 12:49 AM
Tiny
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No they never turned the rotors. When I took the truck back in yesterday, the mechanic said that if they turned the rotors than that is why they are warped now. I told him that they didn't end up turning them. He said, "We'll I don't know then." But my train of thought is that if I needed new rotors before the brake pads were replaced than he would have replaced them too and he didn't. My question is, can oversized brake pads cause the wearing down of the rotors?
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 9:53 AM
Tiny
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Usually the brake pads are the exact same size as the oringal ones thats what I always see when I change them.I have a couple of questions for you. First I need to know exact what brand and kind of front brake pads were put on?I have seen a brand that just heats up and warps rotors really bad. The pastor of my church his van we did new rotors and pads I told him I wouldn't use those brand pads. He said we will use them we already have them. In a shirt period of time his new rotors were warped and unturnable. Second question do you have rotors or drums on the rear of the truck?You can usually look thru the wheel and see which. Let me know and we will go from there.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 12:02 PM
Tiny
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I don't know what kind of break pads were put on because I didn't do them myself (the shop did). But the mechanic there told me that they were a little bigger than the original ones (and that's supposedly why they were making a rubbing squealing noise right after they were installed). I'm starting to think that he didn't use the correct pads because my truck is a 2WD PreRunner and the parts for the brake system are the same as the 4WD but not the non-PreRunner 2WD. He mentioned that if I needed new rotors they would be more expensive than if it were a 4WD but I just looked them up and they are the same rotors used on a 4WD. So maybe he didn't notice that it was a PreRunner?
BTW, I have drums on the back.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 12:33 PM
Tiny
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It maybe possible depending on how different the two different pads are if they would fit well enough to be mistakingly installed. It doesn't sound good they were making noise as soon as they were installed. Another thing to consider if you have drums in the rear and the rear brake shoes arent adjusted properly. That will cause more demand on the front brakes causing more heat warped rotors etc.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 12:45 PM
Tiny
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I just called the mechanic and now he is saying it has something to do with drive-train. He knows I have no idea about those kinds of things. What else can cause vibration in the brake pedal when braking? I really don't want this guy to take advantage of me and my ignorance. It seems very coincidental that he would install oversized break pads, which made squealing noises, then stopped, and now the vibrating has nothing to do with that but has something to do with the drivetrain. What do you think?
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 1:12 PM
Tiny
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When you step on the brakes and feel the vibration can you feel it in the steering wheel?
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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Not that I remember but the vibration is only when Im stepping on the brakes to stop.
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 1:24 PM
Tiny
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Get up to the speed it normally vibrates at put it in neutral then step on the brakes is the vibration there?
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 AT 2:49 PM
Tiny
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I couldn't do your above request because my truck was already in the shop. The mechanic said that I had a bad u joint so he replaced all three. $275. Not sure if that's a good or bad price but I have my truck back and it seems to be better. Time will tell. Thank you!
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 AT 3:10 PM
Tiny
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I have never seen bad ujoints cause a vibration when braking.I have seen them vibrate when stepping on the gas while driving vibrate. Glad to hear you got it fixed.
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 AT 3:28 PM

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