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southern686
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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the biggest fail with first time brake jobs is trying to cheap out and not change the rotors.


This is kind of a controversial topic.
I personally change the rotors every time I change brakes; I just won't say it is necessary, a must, etc.

To me they aren't all that expensive and a brake job is only something I do every ~3ish years.
I just prefer to spend the extra money for the piece of mind of knowing my new pads are grabbing a new and flat surface.

I do all of my own maintenance on my trucks and have learned that spending a little more normally pays off VS trying to save a little money and then having to spend more time when it doesn't work the way I had hoped. Admittedly though, I am a stickler on these kinds of things.


While on subject:
Anyone have a 14-18 body style GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado, how long are you getting out of a set of brakes before needing to change?
I have an 18 I bought new that I have not had to change them yet, just curious as to what I will get out of them VS my old Sierra.


slacker130
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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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.



Came here to say this. One bolt in the threaded hole, it'll pop off easy. It'll make you feel like a fool for beating on it. Ask me how I know. I beat the snot out of a rotor for a 1/2 hour with a 5 lb hammer, went to Youtube, saw the hole, threaded in a bolt and it wasn't 1/2 turn with a socket when the rotor finally gave up.


mingoswamp
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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Anyone have a 14-18 body style GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado, how long are you getting out of a set of brakes before needing to change?


I have a 2015 Silverado with 72K. Still original pads.. Granted I'm 66 and drive like it


Nado Jenkins83
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
got 178k on a taco right now. Still plenty pad left. My mom went over 200k on her tundra. But where she drives she rarely has to break. Its all in driving habits.


Loup
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
I bought pads from Oreilly's with a warranty. I change them yearly whether they need it or not since the new pads are free when I turn the old ones in.


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VanRIch
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
I have a 117k on my Tundra and they just started making noise. Changing them today.


slacker130
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
My wife's (no pics) Acura MDX has 60k on it. I did pads and rotors a week or so back. She had plenty of pad left on front and rear. She did have a slightly warped rotor that gave a wobble on braking is the reason I changed it.


CHEDBALLZ
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
You should be fine asong as you dont break the seal on your brake lines, which you dont have to do. You will need a clamp to push the calipers back in. I use one of those woodworking squeeze clamps and It works fine.


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Whataburger
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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 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 entirely on driving habits, Just sold a Tundra with 85K miles and original pads & rotors.

If your wife (hopefully not a Karen) goes barreling into a red signal light like she wants to eat it while on Facebook in her full size SUV, obviously you'll have to replace them more often.

Don't bother trying to explain the consequences of her driving habits

It's brake by the way.


Homey the Clown
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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It's brake by the way.


Yeah, I know. Just a habit to type "break" instead of "brake". Do not typically use the word "brake".


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Mr. Hangover
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Serious question and not a troll. Trying to prove a point to myself, so don’t take this in an offensive way:

How many stickers do you have on the back of your Subaru?

I live right outside a military base, and a ton of those guys drive them, and they almost all have 4-5 various stickers on the back windshield


Is that a Subaru thing? EVERYTIME I see one, they’re always there . Always wondered
This post was edited on 9/16 at 3:04 pm


Gtmodawg
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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 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



Generally speaking on a full size truck about 50-60K. I drive like an old lady and subscribe to the school of thought that says you can slow down by pressing the brakes or lifting off the accelerator...I do the latter most of the time...my brakes last forever and I get better gas mileage. My wife and son, on the other hand, or of the opposite opinion, often applying the brake while still pressing the accelerator....their brakes do not last any time at all. If you feel your seat belt every time you need to slow down because you stab the break pedal they will need replacing more often...


Gtmodawg
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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.



Shouldn't be necessary for a normal break job. If you crack open the system it will need to be bled but there is no need to do so unless you are replacing wheel cylinders...of have a problem (leak etc).

Changing break fluid is a new thing. I personally do not think it is necessary as hydraulic fluid will last for years unless it is over heated. If you were trailering a BUNCH or otherwise using it more than normal it may break down but changing brake fluid is something that has popped up in the last 10 years or so...in my experience.


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Gtmodawg
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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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.


Aftermarket rotors are very inexpensive compared to what they and drums used to be. Very few places will turn them anymore because of the liability and the price of replacements usually make turning them less attractive. They definitely need to be turned or replaced unless they are pristine...and I have seldom ever found one in need of pads with pristine rotors.


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i am dan
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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About 85K on the truck and the fronts had about 1/2 the pad left and the rears were 80-85% gone


Is that normal? I thought front pads provide more stopping power and wear quicker.


Gtmodawg
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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About 85K on the truck and the fronts had about 1/2 the pad left and the rears were 80-85% gone


Is that normal? I thought front pads provide more stopping power and wear quicker.


In my experience with 4 wheel discs it is unheard of. It was absolutely unheard of with front discs and rear drums. I had a 1998 Tahoe with rear drums with nearly 400K on it when I sold it and I don't remember replacing the rear brakes but twice on that truck and they didn't need it either time....because they NEVER contacted the drum LOL. I loved that truck but it was an ADVENTURE towing anything with it...and it had a 26 foot center console behind it a 24 foot decoy trailer behind it most of its life. It would get very exciting on boat ramps with the front wheels locked but the rears free wheeling to beat the band! Many's the time I would get it a little "deeper" than I meant to.....


jag211
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
Did my rotors this weekend also found the same one bolt trick on YouTube after spending half a day beating on one rotor felt like a dumbass after seeing such a simple solution.

Easiest way possible.
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Wtodd
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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 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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Generally speaking on a full size truck about 50-60K.

Huh? I can't imagine doing a brake job with less than 125 to 150K


Lonnie Utah
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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In my experience with 4 wheel discs it is unheard of.


25K of those 85K were with a 7,000 lbs trailer attached. And we live in mountainous terrain.


Lonnie Utah
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re: Did my first brake job last weekend.
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How many stickers do you have on the back of your Subaru?


One.

It looks like this.



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