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Lonnie Utah
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Did my first brake job last weekend.
Replaced pads and rotors on the 2013 F150. Went with the Powerstop Z36's. Wasn't too bad. Getting the old rotors off was a pain and the worst part. If it wasn't for my buddy and his bigger hammer (sledge), I don't think I would have gotten them off. Good thing we weren't reusing them, cause we HAMMERED them.

About 85K on the truck and the fronts had about 1/2 the pad left and the rears were 80-85% gone.

The stopping power with these is an upgrade for sure over the OEM's.
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Homey the Clown
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
How often should break pads be replaced (generally)? I got an oil change last week, and they told me mine are almost shot. I'm only at about 56k miles on my truck. Seems a little soon to be having my breaks worked on, but I ain't country so I dunno


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How often should break pads be replaced (generally)? I got an oil change last week, and they told me mine are almost shot. I'm only at about 56k miles on my truck. Seems a little soon to be having my breaks worked on, but I ain't country so I dunno



Depends on your driving habits but anything over 50K I'd say you're getting close. I replaced the pads on my Subie at around 60K. Where did you have your oil changed? You can take your vehicle to dealership and most will do a courtesy inspection. Brakes have a wear indicator that will start to "squeak or rub" when the pads get down below a certain point.


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anything over 50K I'd say you're getting close


The OEM pads on my '04 3/4 ton Chevrolet had 285k miles on them when I sold it. As far as I know they are still on there.


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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
If you notice on the rotors that you linked in your thread there are two threaded holes on the rotors. There purpose of those holes is to screw a screw in to separate the rotor from the hub. Some rotors only have one hole but really that’s all you need because once the rotor breaks the mating surface they come off easy.


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You can take your vehicle to dealership


I only get my oil changed at dealerships. They were the ones that told me they were getting really close. But they didn't tell me a percentage. They gave me a measurement, like "44mm" or some shite like that, which meant nothing to me.


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Lonnie Utah
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If you notice on the rotors that you linked in your thread there are two threaded holes on the rotors. There purpose of those holes is to screw a screw in to separate the rotor from the hub. Some rotors only have one hole but really that’s all you need because once the rotor breaks the mating surface they come off easy.



Yeah, I figured that out after the fact.


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Redlos
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Some rotors have a small threaded hole, you can tighten down a bolt or screw and it will push rotors off. Especially helpful if you want to reuse them.


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Goldensammy
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Did you change the brake fluid and or bleed the lines? Just curious. I need to buy new rotors and pads for my 2013 f150 here soon. Just trying to do a little research before hand.


Miketheseventh
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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Brakes have a wear indicator that will start to "squeak or rub" when the pads get down below a certain point.

This. Once you start hearing the squealing noise from your pads don’t wait to long before you replace them. If you wait until the pads completely wear down and get metal to metal they will destroy a rotor by putting grooves in them. At that point you will be replacing the rotors to if you can’t get them turned down at an auto parts store or a shop. Every rotor has a minimum thickness required and places that turn down the rotors know what that thickness is for each rotor. It’s also easy to find that thickness number for each rotor on the web


Miketheseventh
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
As long as you don’t open the brake line there is no need for any fluid. The brake system is fine unless you open up one of the brake lines for some reason. Just doing a brake job does not require you to open the system up


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Homey the Clown
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
So if my shite ain't making noise, then I'm okay, right?


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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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How often should break pads be replaced (generally)?


I've gone 70K and above on the same pads before but I have a brother-in-law that drives like a maniac and he's had to replace pads with as little as 35K on the clock.

Frequent hard stops, people who ride brakes, etc. are going to need brake changes more often.


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southern686
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Typically trucks go a decent while on pads but it really depends on driving habits as said. My last 05 GMC Sierra went 115k before I changed the brakes and even then they didn't look all that bad.

I would say 50k seems early in my opinion, but certainly is possible. I would yank a tire off and inspect myself. Also as said, the pads are designed in a way that causes them to begin squeaking or causing noise when it is time to change them.

Depending on where you took your truck it wouldn't surprise me if they told you that and they do not need to be changed. Most small "in and out" oil/brake/tire shops make their money on pushing services/parts you really do not need and even grossly over charging for it. Not saying this is the case, I would just inspect myself (easy to do) or have someone you know and trust take a look for you.....or f it, wait till they start making a lil noise.

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OP, I ran those Power-Stop rotors for years and never had any issues with them. They also seemed to avoid warping pretty good.
Never tried their pads though, I've always ran and have been a fan of the Wagner Thermoquiets
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Homey the Clown
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Taking a wheel off for me to inspect is useless as I do not know what I'm looking at. Also, I only get my oil changed are dealerships. It was a dealership that told me they were getting close to the end of their life. I certainly do not drive like an old man, but I also don't drive like a bat outta hell.


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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
I put some power stops on my wife’s car and they worked great but the rotors rusted so bad. I hope that doesn’t happen to yours.


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Miketheseventh
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Yes. That is the purpose of the wear indicator. Link below explains the purpose of it
Wear Indicator


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Miketheseventh
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Link will explain what you will see on brake pads if you remove your tire
Disc Brake Explained


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Lonnie Utah
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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Did you change the brake fluid and or bleed the lines? Just curious. I need to buy new rotors and pads for my 2013 f150 here soon. Just trying to do a little research before hand.


Yup. Bled them and added new fluid. Needed about 1.5 big bottles.


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keakar
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
the biggest fail with first time brake jobs is trying to cheap out and not change the rotors.

you need to change the rotors every time if you dont want brakes to squeak and apply unevenly and you have to pull the slide pins and lube them with grease to prevent binding.
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