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Brake wear question

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by harshest, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Jan 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM
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    harshest

    harshest [OP] I am the Sofa King

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    While I was rotating my tires this afternoon I thought it would be a good time to check the brakes and this question popped into my mind.

    When should I replace my brakes?

    On the rear drums I have about 3/16" of shoe remaining and on the front I have about 3/8" on the pads. All of the drums and rotors are pretty smooth with no major groves in them.

    Any thoughts...
     
  2. Jan 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    Minimum thickness on the front pads is about 1mm. New is about 12mm. Not sure about the droms though. I have had 100,000 miles on my trucks, and the rear brakes have still been fine. I dont think they wear as fast, as they have more surface area, and as the most brakeing is done with the fronts.
     
  3. Jan 31, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    Same as what Chris said...

    Rear drums don't wear nearly as fast as the fronts. I had a 96 that probably had the original shoes on it and I had it till it was 110k miles and the rear drums were fine. The biggest thing you want to check (on the rear drums) is that they're wearing evenly top to bottom.

    Fronts can go pretty thin - changing them a bit early won't hurt (and check the rotor conditions for wear/rough spots too).
     
  4. Jan 31, 2009 at 4:18 PM
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    Thanks for the info, everything is wearing evenly so no issues there.
     
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