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Old 03-27-2006, 08:36 AM   #11
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Those were probably the original rotoars. Lord only knows on the pads. Last time I looked at 'em (which was who knows when), they were fine. The inside drivers pad was metal to metal. If you look at the pic, you can see the rivets. The passengers side was worn, but not as scary (mostly rust, but it was somehow holding the pad on still).

PS, please keep an eye on your brakes better than I did. Believe it or not, they gave no symptoms of being bad until last week. I was hearing a grinding noise, but nothing as bad as it ended up looking. Don't count on any "symptoms" to let you know it'* time to look at them!
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Regular pads will last most people around 30,000 miles. Ceramics are still in the testing phase, on my truck though..over 100K.

John...I've visited my mechanic buddy and seen the fins in the rotors showing through. No idea how that person drove the car.
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The first disc brake job I ever did was many, many moons ago on a car of mine that had worn down to the fins. Scared the crap outta me when I saw that (my son was still a baby, and the thought of him and his mom in that car scared me).

I hung on to one of them rotors for quite siome time as a reminder.
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lol, glad you changed them when you did.... i had a grinding noise in mine... then it went away, thought it was maybe some rust, just heard it again yesterday... how much did you pay for all that together?
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The brake stuff came up to about $150 for Raybestos ProGrade (PG) rotors and ceramic pads at Champion Auto Parts (http://www.partsamerica.com)
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i had a grinding noise in mine... then it went away, thought it was maybe some rust, just heard it again yesterday
More than likely what you are hearing is the wear indicators squealing & grinding.
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