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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 03:57 PM
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Re: $750 Brake Job?!?!?

As for the Outlook the dealership is the one who said I needed brakes. I took it to who I had been using for my other vehicles and he showed me what he was seeing and said I could get by for another six months.

As for my husband's 350Z you could tell by the sound that the rear brakes were shot. Had them replaced by my mechanic, rotors and pads, then within a couple weeks had an issue. The caliper had locked on one of the brakes in the closed position and ruined the pad as well as the rotor.

I usually do not take a mechanics word I will get out there and have them show me.

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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 04:06 PM
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I should have mentioned that a performance car like the 350Z is going to have a more aggressive set up that may wear faster, much like performance tires wear faster. Of course, a failed component like a locked caliper is going to make short work of your pads as well.

Good for you for taking a look and making them show you, I bet you are the exception rather than the rule.

Like I said, I've never gotten less than 50K out of a set of pads, but maybe I'm an exception rather than the rule too.




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I did my brakes at 60K miles and used the ceramic pads. I did it myself. My rotors didn't need to be turned, so I was quite lucky. The ceramic pads make quite a difference. Stopping distance was greatly shortened. I used Duralast Gold Brake pads from Auto Zone.
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I did my brakes at 60K miles and used the ceramic pads. I did it myself. My rotors didn't need to be turned, so I was quite lucky. The ceramic pads make quite a difference. Stopping distance was greatly shortened. I used Duralast Gold Brake pads from Auto Zone.
You do know they come with ceramic pads right?
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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Re: $750 Brake Job?!?!?

I never got around to getting a second opinion until I picked up a nail in my tire this week. I stopped by the place that I bought two tires from about 18 months ago (I'm bad at rotation). They told me that my fronts were getting close with 20% left. Rear were fine at 50%. They did not give me a firm quote since there is no urgent need to do anything, but said they typically charge $250-300 per axle for a full pad/rotor/caliper job.
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Guess its good you got a second opinion.
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 10:43 PM
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Re: $750 Brake Job?!?!?

You were at 58K, let's assume you're at 60K now. If you've got 20% left, you've got 12K until they're gone, assuming the same driving habits.

Saw a friend from church who is a service manager at an RV dealer, but worked in the car business for dealers and independent shops for years and we got to talking about brake jobs. He said the industry standard is to recommend replacement when the linings are the same thickness as the backing plates, in my experience that's about a tenth of an inch or so (which he agreed is too soon). I'm betting your 20% left pads are in that neighborhood, or less.

In my mind, the customer ought to be educated. Tell 'em they've got about 0.1" left and, based on their mileage, they ought to have 'em checked again in XK miles. In your case, I'd say no more than 8K and you ought to have 'em checked again and likely replaced at that time.




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I'll need tires before the snow flies, so they recommended I just take care of the front brakes then and leave the rear as is. That will probably be around 8000 miles more. Looks like it will be an expensive October...
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My 09 XR has 96,600+ on the original pads and rotors. Pads still at 3/16ths and rotors flat and smooth as silk. Having trouble understanding some of the issues people are having. I have logged many trips through the Smokeys and pulled trailers and have never had as much as a warped rotor vibration.
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Re: $750 Brake Job?!?!?

My Outlook has a bit of a pulse from warped rotors at about 58K now.

My Mazda3 is at 108K on the original front brakes. Rears were changed at 95K. I drive a lot of highway miles, my ~45 mile round trip commute is probably ~40 highway miles.




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