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Took the Outlook for maintenance today and was told that the front brake pads were down to 2mm and 3mm respectively.

Curious how much other folks have been able to squeeze out of them - I know it depends on how / where you drive.
 

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80000 Kilometers = 49,709.6 Miles.

I posted this back in March on the Other lambda forums.
Im now about to hit 43,000.


Just did my tire rotation.
I snapped pics of the brake pads. 40,600 miles.
These are the rear pads.



the front

 

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My front got changed out at 45K but could have gone longer..... 4 mm left. It was apart for th rotor so I just changed them while it was apart. Inspecting them after removal, I found some cracks from high heat.
 

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Thanks for the pictures, interesting....

Do the notches on the pads serve a purpose...ie if you wear down to the bottom of notch its time to replace?
 

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good question. I also wondered about them.

I would think possibly for heat dissipation?
 

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I looked up Akebono site... as the OEM pads are Akebonos.

In one of their brochures-- they show a slit on the pads-- and says "Slotted for NVH Control" (where applicable).

I then looked for NVH---- one of the selling points for these pads------ Best control of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
 

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I like that these OEM pads create little dust-
when I change out my pads-- ill definitely get Akebonos.
 

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Superfan said:
Thanks for the pictures, interesting....

Do the notches on the pads serve a purpose...ie if you wear down to the bottom of notch its time to replace?
I use the metal brake pad thickness to determine when to replace. If the pad is at or about the thickness of the metal holding the pad, I replace them.

Only go with OEM pads if you want the same great quality.
 

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those slits are for noise control.. as mentioned 2 post before...
 

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3mm isn't that low, even 2mm is still decent live left. According to this page at the Acadia forum, new OEM pads are .37" thick, or a bit over 9mm. So at 3mm, you've got 33% of the pad life left, 2mm is a little over 20%.

Look at it this way, at 3mm left you can go half as many miles as you've got on the car before metal on metal. So if you're at 50K, you won't ear through the pads until 75K. 2mm left means you can go 28% more miles, or 14K if yo're at 50K now.

Personally, I don't change mine until I'm down close to or at 1mm thick.

Heh, just noticed this post is 4 months old. Oh well, good info that might help someone anyway.
 

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someone on the Buick forum took off their factory pads with about 600 miles on them.
Put them up for sale.... I snapped those up real fast...........

I now have Akebono replacement pads waiting for when my front pads wear thin

http://www.enclaveforum.net/index.php?topic=10391.0
 

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I recently replaced my pads and resurfaced the rotors(One resurface is all they can take). Pad replacement was suggested by service department because the brake pad part was cracked. I had seen similar cracks with other car brake pads, so I decided to replace them before a 3,000 mile road trip. Replacement OEM pads were purchased off amazon and it was a simple job.
 
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