Toyota Scion TC Brake Job (2005-2010)

Toyota Scion TC Brake Job (2005-2010)

The Toyota Scion TC is a bit of an anomaly in the Toyota fleet. The TC shares its platform with the Avensis, which was not sold in the U.S., and some brake components with the Corolla and the Camry. There are no brake-specific TSBs or recalls for the 2005-‘10 TC. The replacement of the pads and rotors is straightforward, but there are some things that you should know before you get started.

This car is designed for ceramic friction material formulations. If everything in the brake system is operating correctly, it is not uncommon for a set of rotors to last for three sets of ceramic pads. Toyota even recommends not machining the rotors if they are within specifications for thickness, thickness variation and runout.

The new friction materials must be compatible with the old. If not, the rotor should be machined to ensure a fresh surface so that a transfer layer of new friction material can be applied by the new pads.


  • Lug nut torque: 76 ft./lbs.
  • Caliper bracket bolts: 35 ft./lbs.
  • Caliper guide pin: 25 ft./lbs.

Front Brakes

The front brakes use a vented rotor. The minimum runout specification is 0.0020.” This can be adjusted with a runout-correction plate that fits between the hub flange and rotor. The plates can correct up to 0.006” of runout. Fine-tuning can be achieved with the tapering of the correction plate and runout correction in the hub and rotor. An on-the-car lathe can also be used.

You will not find a specification for disc thickness variation (DTV) in most service information manuals. But, most engineers will say that there should be zero or less than 0.0005″.

The OE brake pad shim is a two-piece-style shim with the inner shim designed to move or float between the outer pad and backing plate. The shim should not be reused due to deflection and corrosion. Toyota does indicate that the inner shim can be lubricated to resolve noise. The wear sensor is mounted on the inner pad and should be mounted on top.


The rear brakes are comprised of solid rotors and single-piston calipers, and the parking brake is mounted in the hat. The rear runout specification is approximately 0.006,” but your goal should be around 0.002-0.003.” Leaving too much runout may result in a pulsation problem within a few thousand miles. Runout can be corrected using a runout correction plate. On-the-car brake lathes can also be used to correct runout, but only if there is enough material on the rotor.

The trickiest items on the rear brakes are the boots and bushings for the slide pins. Make sure the seals and lips are fully seated. Also note that the pads have eight abutment clips that fit over lands on the caliper bracket.

toyota scion tc brakes rotor


The TC uses a four-channel ABS system. The factory scan tool/enhanced scan tool has diagnostic tests to check pump and solenoid function. The TC uses four active wheel-speed sensors that generate square-wave signals. The tone rings are located in the inner seal of the wheel bearing. All the bearings are pressed into the knuckles.


The TC’s conventional brake system can be bled a number of ways. The bleeding sequence is RR, LR, RF and LF. The HCU can be bled using a scan tool with the correct software.

Parking Brake Adjustment

  1. Remove the hole plug on the backing plate and turn the toothed adjuster to expand the shoes until the disc locks.
  2. Back off the shoe adjuster until the disc can rotate smoothly.
  3. Back off the adjuster another eight clicks.
  4. Check that there is no brake drag.

If there is too much travel in the lever, the cable can be adjusted at the lever by removing part of the rear console. Toyota recommends six to nine clicks.

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