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10-14-2011 09:34 PM
Aussie Auto Experience

So my driver side caliper seized last night. It was giving off heat and brake dust like mad.
The next morning, 8am, I begin my drive to work...but I can hear the drag on the caliper. I didn't want to drive the 50km to work this way for risk of ruining my rotor, pads, etc.
So I dropped by APH first since they are so close to my home. Edward hoists my car, removes the wheel, and unsticks the pistons in the calipers--free of charge. APH is a class act and these are good guys. Ed gives me quote for a replacement, but can only take me the next day.
The caliper stays unstuck my entire ride to Oakville, and on my way I call Rick at Aussie Auto. I mention to him that since he is out in the West End, maybe I could swing by his place on my way back home that evening...hoping my caliper would remain unstuck.
He slots me into a spot that afternoon, and gets two replacement calipers. I wanted OEM, but after calling Lexus and being quoted $600 EACH...well, I got remanufactured ones. They look identical to my original ones with all the same engravings and markings, come painted black, and are only $140 each.
Finally meet up with Rick. Super nice guy, clean shop, and knows his Lexus/Toyota.
He also lets you see him at work in the garage, and takes his time to do things right. He's also a good conversationalist, and also looked over the underneath of the car, going over ball joints, control arms, checking general wear and tear items.
The install went well, only one hour, and the experience was positive. Highly recommended. Considering my first call was to Bullock--and considering Andy at Bullock didn't even return my call after I left him a message--well, I'll be visiting Rick more often. Plus--he's closer for me. Bonus.
PS Despite 150,000kms, and the seized piston...the rotors were fine. Pads will need replacing in a few weeks, though, so I'll be seeking pad replacement options. Suggestions? EBC Greenstuff? Stoptech? Ekobono?
09-16-2011 10:24 AM
clubfoot ^^ Yea, that's what I was thinking guys. Jeese, after 5 years of salt, >135km, I wouldn't bother ripping material from them, I would just buy new ones. Just installed the first set of new pads on them, so probably wait another 100Km before I change the rotors.
09-16-2011 03:22 AM
skperformance Most shops don't have lathes anymore as it costs more than new rotors and it is always better to have thicker than thinner.
I just replaced mine with extreme stop rotors for the rear and they work great , nicely zinc washed and best of all got rid of me vibration issues.
but Canadian tire will still lathe them for you if you bring them in .
09-15-2011 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by clubfoot View Post
Ahhhhh,...does anyone still machine brake rotors? Is that even still recommended?

I need a definitive answer!!!

Lex/Digger,...what's the word on the street?!
I can't see why not, even my Brembo's can be done (not recommended) - I have very little experience in this area. I would assume if they are within the factory recommended tolerances and the shop will assume this liability. I am thinking if they don' because of the cost/ labor effectiveness versus the inexpensive replacement costs these days....its all about equipment, training, time and effort

09-15-2011 11:12 AM
clubfoot Ahhhhh,...does anyone still machine brake rotors? Is that even still recommended?

I need a definitive answer!!!

Lex/Digger,...what's the word on the street?!
09-14-2011 10:39 PM
KorruptioN Aussie Auto doesn't have a brake lathe unfortunately. I need my front rotors machined but he isn't able to do it. Real nice guy, though.
09-14-2011 04:57 PM
digger08 I didn't know he even had a website?

09-13-2011 02:57 PM
Mikster I'm convinced.
Worth checking out.

Aussie Auto Inc. - Home
09-10-2011 05:05 AM
yourIS Took my IS to Rick at Aussie yesterday for an oil change and to get my clutch damper removed(try getting that done at a dealer). Great experience, very thorough, and easy to deal with. Went over the whole car and at the end it was still cheaper than just an oil change at Northwest.

Big Thumbs up for Aussie Auto!
09-10-2011 03:53 AM
skperformance He is from Australia not works on them , he worked on JDM cars for Toyota.
Otherwise he would only be working on Holdens and i have never seen one here , have you ?
He's been at a Lexus dealer for 20 years working on Lexus' only , so you would think yes he is " good at our cars ".
In fact i used to take my other Lexus ES to him in the 90's to be serviced .
He is by far more than trustworthy and is more than honest in what is happening and needs to be done. No gouging on pricing or guessing.

He has a oil change special from what i recall , $25 or $30 with oem filter ,taxes in .
I was there today to get my brakes done , and have been there for tons of other work , like front brakes , rear suspension arms , bushings , driveshaft adjustment , tire swaps , changing my rad , alternator and the list goes on . Also he has a full techstream program for data acquisition just like the dealers computer and software . the only difference between him and the dealer is your butt is not sore when you leave . Oh yah and no car wash . Ive referred atleast 30 people to him and they keep sending more of there friends to him as well because its nice to have someone who knows what they are
doing and is honest with everything including pricing. You get your car back the way it came in , no damage , no mystery stains and no curb rashed wheels from joy rides .
I gave up on Andy at bullock a while ago when he charged me $900 for 5 hours work to change my starter and 2 mounts never mind had me waiting for 3 hours for an 11am appointment before he started the car . So it was lots of fun keeping my 3 year old busy for that time.

Then i sent a car to get body work done last week as he used to be amazing at paint . Key word "was" amazing . Now he is just average , with pits and dust and fisheyes in the paint . He over sprayed the whole car and i had to spend 5 hours high speed polishing it to remove it . Then used the wrong masking tape which pulled off the clear coat on the old paint. But the best part was the huge chip of paint on the edge of the hood that was lifting that he tried to deny was even there even when he knew it was there and told the clear bra guy to do it anyways , i guess hoping to cover it and the owner would not see . I was not impressed and neither was the owner of the car but he was glad he spent the money to pay for me to inspect the car before payment . Oh yah and the metallic flake used in the paint code was wrong so you see large grey areas where the paint started to settle in the can and shows blotchy . I expected perfection for $3000 just for a hood bumper and 2 fenders and 2 strips over the rear wheels . It was only a 1800 job as it had way too many deficiencies and excuses .
08-31-2011 05:50 PM
lexuriuz I would like to check out Aussie Auto, how are their prices? I met Rick at the meet, seems like a cool guy. Beats driving out to Bullock. I stopped that a while ago anyway.
08-31-2011 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by digger08 View Post
Just a quick bump.

I highly recommend Rick's shop. You will not be disappointed.

Rick Pike
Aussie Auto Inc.
65 Tannery St. (Erin Mills Prkwy & Britannia)
905- 858-2886
[email protected]

With a name like "Aussie Auto"...are they really good at our cars?
08-30-2011 06:09 PM
yourIS Great to hear, I had no doubt. Rick is a great guy.

I'll be taking my car to him soon too.
08-28-2011 07:07 PM
Originally Posted by digger08 View Post
Just a quick bump.

I had some service done today (brake pads) to the IS F at a new place today in the west end. I was a little hesitant to service my IS F and Brembo's just anywhere, but decided to give this new service place a shot.

It was outstanding!

A former Lexus master mechanic (20 plus years) has opened a shop in the west end, and he has been coming out to the monthly meets (just cause he is interested in the cars) not to solicit business.

I made an appointment in advance, and he went to work straight away.

For anyone looking for a new place to service Lexus vehicles, who is experienced with our vehicles, keeps appointment times, with no waiting and screwing around with prices and quotes. He tells you straight up, and charges reasonable prices for service.

I highly recommend Rick's shop. You will not be disappointed.

Rick Pike
Aussie Auto Inc.
65 Tannery St. (Erin Mills Prkwy & Britannia)
905- 858-2886
[email protected]

Thanks for the info Digger!!

Great to hear we have a place in the west end...hoping to check him out soon.
08-26-2011 08:00 PM
timacks has anyone heard of Radek? from .:RS Skyline Tuning - VW/AUDI Tuning
Everyone says he is the man for 2JZ-GTE, and skyline engines/nissan engines..
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