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Excessive Brake Wear

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I took my '08 with 20,500 miles to the dealer for an oil change on May 22

They told me that my brake pads are 70 % worn, and that the rotors are slightly out of round. Even though they are usually booked on Saturday's for service, they would have been able to repair the brakes for about $100.00 a wheel. Suddenly they had the time to do the repair.

I had a 2002 Ford Taurus, (very good car), whose brakes I overheated on Route 30 in Southeastern PA. (4 wheel discs). I did feel brake throbbing with the Ford when I applied the brakes at 60 mph. I do not feel any brake throbbing with the Outlook.

I do not drive the car 'hard'. I do not like to buy gasoline, tires or brakes. I accelerate gently and brake gently. I don't wait until the last 30 yards to stop the car for a red light at 40mph. I usually get 50,000 - 70,000 miles on a set of brakes.

Has anyone else heard of such premature brake wear??
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You are correct - Warped is a better term than 'out of round'. I could not think of the word 'warped'.

I believe that undersizing the brake components is relatively new - 10-12 years or so - saves weight, supposedly, for a slight increase in fuel mileage. However, new rotors will cost much more than what I may have saved in fuel expense. The old slight of hand trick. GM should not skimp on brakes when engineering a car that weighs 4400 pounds.

I am not happy. I will go to see a reputable private repair shop today. I will see what he says. I do not feel any throbbing in the brake pedal if I apply the brakes at 60-65. If there is any warping, it seems that it could be ignored as far as replacing the rotors. I believe that this shop will turn rotors. (not all shops have these machines). I dont tow a trailer, thus machining the rotors one time should be acceptable.

I appreciate your reply.
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