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Sequoia brake rotor hats rusting

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by War Machine, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Sep 18, 2017 at 5:22 AM
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    War Machine

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    Not sure which forum is best for this, so I'll throw it out there. About a month and a half ago, we had all the brakes in my wife's Sequoia re-done. (New rotors, everything.) Now, the rotor hats are rusty. This wasn't something we noticed before. It's not on any of my other vehicles.
    My question is: Is this a sign that something was done improperly on the brake job?
    If not, what is the best way to clean it up and make sure it doesn't happen again?

    Here is a pic I found on google. It's not from ours, but it shows the same issue.

    IMG_1761.jpg
     
  2. Sep 18, 2017 at 5:26 AM
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    Perfectly normal. The only way to get around this is if the rotors were coated from the factory after machining. Premium rotors
    IMG_2410.jpg
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2017 at 5:43 AM
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    Agree with ColoradoTJ. The better rotors either have a painted hat or are treated with a coating like zinc to slow the onset of rust. If you live in the rust belt, it will eventually rust, but painted or coated helps.
     
  4. Sep 18, 2017 at 5:49 AM
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    Yeah, I've read that it's normal. Just weird that I never noticed it until after the recent brake job.
     
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    I replaced the brakes on my DD about 2 months ago with some zinc coated Powerstop drilled/slotted rotors. I do not have any rust developing yet. The coatings help resist rust. However, I live in the rust belt. When it starts to snow, a lot of salt is used on the roads around here. I suspect they will look very different a year from now.
     
  6. Sep 18, 2017 at 5:55 AM
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    I don't blame you for checking though. It never looks good.

    You can always wire wheel the rotors and paint in place. Pain in the ass, but might be an option for you.
     
  7. Sep 18, 2017 at 6:16 AM
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    It's likely what I'll do. Just wanted to make sure I didn't need to complain to the guys who did the brake work. Thanks.
     
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