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Old 03-04-2008, 09:29 PM
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squeeky brakes

Need some advice...

I am taking my 01 in to get brake pads on Friday and I dont want to get ****ed over. They just started squeeking and the car has about 46K miles on it...there is no reason why I should need anything else aside pads...right?

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:32 PM
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It all depends mate. When we did my pads late last year we also replaced the brake fluid and we noticed that the discs needed machining so I had that done too. When do they squeak?
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They only squeek when the brakes are moderately pushed in. If I barely push, they dont and I slam on the brakes, they dont.

I figured the fluid might have to be replaced, but I was concerned with them saying that I need new rotors.

All in all, I should get out of there at about $170...is that about right?

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:48 PM
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I recommend machining (put on a lathe) your rotors any time you put new pads on. you shouldn't need new rotors unless they are nonparallel or too thin.
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Also, some brake pads have a thin metal strip that is designed to let yuou know when they are getting too worn. I.E. the squeeking. Sounds to me like you just need the pads. ;)
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Also, some brake pads have a thin metal strip that is designed to let yuou know when they are getting too worn. I.E. the squeeking. Sounds to me like you just need the pads. ;)

yup. except for when it gets REALLY bad, its turns from squeeking to crunching.
you can easily check this by taking off the wheel and seeing if that metal tab is touching the rotor.
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Most brake shops wont even pad slap them anymore they make you get your rotors machined which isn't a big deal unless they are to thin. If you haven't put brakes on it before they should be fine.
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You should turn your rotors when you get new pads... it makes for a nice mating surface for both ends. If you do it yourself make sure to get some silicon grease... napa sells it pretty cheap, i think its called sylglide from them. Lube up the slides in the calipers for the pad, dont get cheap pads, make sure they have a shim on the back of them, lube that as well.

You shouldnt need new rotors unless they are cracked, have heat spots (bluing will not machine out), Are too thin, or are beyond fixable.. say its warped or out of parallel and its too far for them fix even if they machined them to the minimum machining spec.

Changing pads are easy as hell man.. take the wheels off, take off the two bolts that hold the floating part of the caliper on.. I think theyre 14mm. Take the pads out, lube up the areas, put pads on, put the caliper bracket back on. You break in the pads according to the box.. usually its 10-15 30mph-0 moderate stops with about a block in between to cool down.
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Also, some brake pads have a thin metal strip that is designed to let yuou know when they are getting too worn. I.E. the squeeking. Sounds to me like you just need the pads. ;)
They are called wear indicators, and basically just let you know that your pads are getting low. But I would still recommend machining the rotors as well.
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They only squeek when the brakes are moderately pushed in. If I barely push, they dont and I slam on the brakes, they dont.

I figured the fluid might have to be replaced, but I was concerned with them saying that I need new rotors.

All in all, I should get out of there at about $170...is that about right?

Thanks!!
Yeah like they said, do it yourself, no way I'd pay that much just to change the pads. There a tutorial in the tutorial section on how to do it. Theres way better stuff you can spend that money on (like buying me a new amp for my car ;) than something that'll take you 20 minutes to do yourself.
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Personally, I don't see the point in having the rotors machined every time you put on new pads. That seems like a little too much work, unless of course you use your brakes like my mother does, accelerating until your 5ft from a stop sign and then crushing your rotors between the calipers. THEN, machining would be a definite "to-do". But otherwise, you shouldn't have to get them machined.
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Awesome...thanks guys!!!! Ill let you know how it went.
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Cool man...just don't forget about the Anti-squeek stuff.
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