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Old 07-12-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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I am shopping for brakes for my car. Today one mechanic quoted for high performance slotted (for cooling) brakes for towing and travel in the mountains. My car is a Toyota Venza AWD. My trailer is a 13 ft Ventura. Any opinions?
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:51 AM   #2
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My money is on trailer brakes. If you have those, the trailer will be braking itself and the standard vehicle brakes will take care of the tow vehicle.
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I am shopping for brakes for my car. Today one mechanic quoted for high performance slotted (for cooling) brakes for towing and travel in the mountains.
He must be a bit short on making his boat payment .
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Slotted brakes are used in race cars to help keep the pads clean when they get extremely hot and used during racing. On your venza it would do zero to help you to stop any better. There are high performance brakes available for almost any car but hey are in the thousands and do not forget that your tires are doing most of the stopping, if you had the best brakes in the world and low quality tires, you won't stop any better.
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I vote for balanced braking - each vehicle should be stopping itself with properly adjusted braking. If the tow is doing most of the braking, that could lead to rear end of the tow sliding if braking on curvy gravel or wet slippery roads.


Also accelerated wear on the tow brakes. Trailer brakes are cheaper to replace.
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He must be a bit short on making his boat payment .
That about sums it up except in this case it is probably his overhead costs.
I was a skeptical when I found out the shop had just changed hands and saw the empty bays but I did not know if his suggestions were in any way valid.
I have brand new trailer brakes and almost new (last fall) tires on both car and trailer. so I am covered as far as those go.
Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:17 PM   #7
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I am shopping for brakes for my car. Today one mechanic quoted for high performance slotted (for cooling) brakes for towing and travel in the mountains. My car is a Toyota Venza AWD. My trailer is a 13 ft Ventura. Any opinions?
Are you talking pads, or rotors?
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Hopefully you have vented rotors at least on the front. Vented rotors cool faster than solid rotors. Slots are for clearing brake dust, not for cooling. cross drilling is obsolete. Stock OEM rotors are your best practical choice.

Buying premium pads is the best and most economical choice for improved braking over OEM.

IMO...Raybestos Element 3 hybrid pads (Semimetallic/ceramic) would feel natural while still providing moderate improvement without sacrificing a lot of rotor wear.


Overall... Gompka got it right. You will get a lot more bang for the buck with better tires on the ground.

Considering that a modern car has so much electronics involved with braking, there is just so much you can do to improve street performance over stock brakes.
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