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Old 02-23-2010, 08:18 AM
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Question OEM Brake lifespan?

So my truck is at a brake shop to get the brakes checked out and most probably replace the brake pads. I started hearing a grinding sound when braking, and it looks like the pads are already fully worn. i'm at 34,500 miles. How long do rotors/pads normally last? i thought this was kinda early to be having brake problems, but i have driven the truck through some nasty stuff like salt water (always washed the underside afterwards).
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mine currently has roughly 30k and still looking strong.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:00 PM
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So, somehow, someway, my calipers managed to cut into my rotors, making my rotors completely unusable. total damage that needs replacing= 2 rotors, 2 calipers, brake pads, and bearing stuff. How this happened...is beyond me. I havn't even gone off road since summer, and this happened within 1 week. total bummer as it also had to happen during probably my busiest week this semester.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:06 PM
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its not really how long they last, its how you drive. if you drive at high speeds and slam it on constantly, your brakes will wear down faster than somebody who drives normaly. i made the mistake of buying low quality brake pads less than 7k ago and im already hearing the squeeking made by the brake balancer when your pads are wearing down.
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its not really how long they last, its how you drive. if you drive at high speeds and slam it on constantly, your brakes will wear down faster than somebody who drives normaly. i made the mistake of buying low quality brake pads less than 7k ago and im already hearing the squeeking made by the brake balancer when your pads are wearing down.
ya, i drive probably a little slow by most peoples standards after i got a speeding ticket. This whole incident was weird, because it happened out of nowhere. For the past two weeks the only place i've driven to is my school, which is two miles away, and the gas station and grocery store, which are on the way to my school. I havn't like done any highway driving, offroading, towing, or anything that i can think of to have my calipers completely destroy my rotors.
I posted the question before i got the diagnosis on the problem, was hoping to high hell that it was just worn out brake pads. but i was wrong.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:28 PM
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Should've done em yourself.....save a ton of money.....

Got 88000 on mine ..... only had to replace pads once so far.....

Got to keep the stereo down and listen for the warning clip on the pads once in a while......usually you can feel the grinding start but by then the rotors are getting trashed unless you stop in a mile or two....

You had low miles for that to happen.....either driving habits or defective parts......

Did both sides go?....or one?
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Should've done em yourself.....save a ton of money.....

Got 88000 on mine ..... only had to replace pads once so far.....

Got to keep the stereo down and listen for the warning clip on the pads once in a while......usually you can feel the grinding start but by then the rotors are getting trashed unless you stop in a mile or two....

You had low miles for that to happen.....either driving habits or defective parts......

Did both sides go?....or one?
the mechanic says both sides needed to be replaced, but noted that the caliper contacted the driver side rotor. So i dunno, it is probably driving habits a little bit but i mean, this happened suddenly. I usually drive with the music low, and i never heard the squealing, just the metal to metal. I would've done them myself, but i have 0 time this week to do that, i am up to neck in work and brakes are essential (especially for toyotas hehe) to safe driving, so i took it in to get done. Also all my tools are across the state, and i wasn't about to drive 200 miles with the likely possibility of brakes giving out on the way.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:40 PM
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lol yotas got bigger problems than the brakes, how about the massive pending criminal lawsuit regarding the 100 million they saved
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:48 PM
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My OEM brakes only lasted about 25K miles so I don't think they are the greatest quality (granted I have larger tires). I replaced them with hawk pads and by the looks of it I wouldn't be surprised if they last for 50K miles.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:13 PM
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I've never gotten very many miles out of my brakes. I just assume it's my driving style though. Nest time do them yourself if you can. I was lazy once and took it into "just Brakes" for the $99 pads and shoe change special. After they pulled the wheels they told me I needed New rotors and drums, and wheel cylinders. They Said it would be $800.00 I went out and looked at it myself. The rotors just needed to be turned, not replaced, and the drums were fine. They said the wheel cylinder needed replacing because there was mud around the seals and that the mud would cause it to eventually start leaking. I told them thats what brake cleaner is for, and to put it back together, and I would do it myself. First and last time I ever took my truck somewhere to have my brakes done.
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it was $450 for new rotors, brake pads, calipers and labor. I saw my rotors, nothing left of them to work with. One of my calipers was seized up and caused the rotor to get so hot as to turn blue.
I would do them myself, but school is a bitch right now.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:45 PM
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uhh, whats ford's parts warrantee? this seems a bit premature to be happening.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:04 PM
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I own a '99 5 speed manual. I have 138,000 and my brakes are original. It's mostly how you use your brakes and the type of transmission.
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uhh, whats ford's parts warrantee? this seems a bit premature to be happening.
i dunno what fords warrantee is. i read that at 34,000+ miles they warrantee only 30% of parts. Plus, they would've given me a hard time because my tires werent stock, etc.
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