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Dealer told me my brake pads were dangerously low. I bit, and bought new pads and rotors, and did them myself. This is “dangerously low?”


Dealer told me my brake pads were dangerously low. I bit, and bought new pads and rotors, and did them myself. This is “dangerously low?”



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38 thoughts on “Dealer told me my brake pads were dangerously low. I bit, and bought new pads and rotors, and did them myself. This is “dangerously low?”

  • Dealerships are only after your ~~well-being~~ money

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  • Unevenly worn but they still seem fine, be sure that the caliper slide freely and is not binding on one side.

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  • Shit like this was why I left the dealer. Dude sold some little old lady on front brakes, she had 11mm on all front pads

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  • They make us take pictures at work. Incorporate pictures into our bonus too. Sucks that shady dealers give the good ones a bad name.

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  • You should be thankful the dealership warned you! They may have $aved your life!

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  • Anytime a shop tells me this without giving an actual measurement I get suspicious.

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  • Whew, that was a close call. Only 20 or 30,000 miles before it becomes a death trap.

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  • Time to switch dealerships for service. Wouldn’t hurt to send that to the service manager with the pic attached and put them on blast. To be fair, its probably the service manager that is implementing the bullshit replace brake pads at all costs policy but maybe you get something free out of it.

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  • When the pad material is same size as backing plate that’s when you want to replace.

    This is replace time but not dangerously so.

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  • My car is like 120k and I still have as much pad left as yours and I never replaced them.

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  • Where are the other three pads? Did they all look like this or is one or more worn down significantly more?

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  • My local stealership quoted me $600 to replace end links.

    I have parts coverage. They refused to submit claim because they cannot have “two claims open at once”. Since we where waiting for a part already a month waiting.

    The ticket and quote expressed it was urgently needed to be replaced. They wrote the links where torn.

    When 4 months later the part finally arrived and I asked them to submit the links for the claim.

    Magically they where just worn not torn and the insurance will not cover them because they only cover parts that failed not parts that look worn.

    Honestly I already knew that. I looked at the links and I saw them being fine not torn. I just wanted to really bad mouth them because they probably get people that know less about their cars on that.

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  • Dealership I WAS going to said my brakes needed replacing asap, about 45,000 miles ago. $800 some dollars. Rotors and pads. I had them checked for free at an independent place. They were fine. They said I had a lot of life left. I drove them about 45,000 more miles and had them checked twice in between. The car is 8 years old. Original brakes. 153,000 miles on them now. So I went ahead and replaced them. They still had plenty of mileage left and rotors were fine. This is my first hybrid (Camry) and I guess the brakes last longer.

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  • What does the other pad look like? This pad is obviously fine.

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  • Not that I’m a fan of stealerships. However, you are only showing us 1 pad from a side view.

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  • A Toyota dealership told my bother that his 4Runner needed new pads literally after he had new pads installed at the same dealership 3 months ago. He called them out on their bullshit and got his oil change for free because of it

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  • Aren’t they suppose to give to the actual measurements to show they need replacements?

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  • Damn. It’s hard to trust anyone these days. So many dealerships becoming stealerships. Some Independent mechanics saying things are needing replaced when they are not. I’m gonna look for that old man mechanic that takes 20 minutes explaining how things work, because you know he loves what he does.

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  • That an inner or outer? Check all of them?

    I’ve seen an outer have that sort of material left while the same inner only has 1-2mm.

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  • That pad looks fine. What about the others? Only 1 needs to be low to warrant replacement, and they don’t often wear evenly.

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  • A tad uneven but not dangerously low. Day was probably slow and tech wanted more hours. It’s these dealerships that give the industry a bad rep

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  • Pretty much any dealership is going to recommend pads at 5mm or less. It’s impossible to tell but looks like you’re getting close to that. If it were my car I’d keep running them but a customer is getting the recommendation at 5mm like I said.

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  • That pad is obviously still good. But what about the others? Pads don’t often wear evenly. One side can look good, and the other is worn down to the steel plate. Were all eight pads this good?

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