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Old 09 Jan 2012, 08:54 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: avalon Brake Inspection[s]

On 2012-01-09 05:29:26 -0800, "C. E. White" <cewhite3@mindspring.com> said:

> "Jeff Strickland" <crwlrjeff@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:jed1nm$sju$1@dont-email.me...
>>
>> "marc" <markphd21@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:9526496.2645.1326037471580.JavaMail.geo-discussion-forums@yqlp13...
>>> Is the [standard advertised] brake inspection
>>> the only way to tell if brakes need replacing?
>>>
>>> I have a 2003 Avalon, with about 31,000 miles.
>>> I think I'm easy on the brakes.
>>> As you can see, I don't drive alot.
>>>
>>> I have no reason to think they need replacing,
>>> I'm just thinking of the future.
>>>
>>> thanks, marc

>>
>>
>> There is one way to tell if brakes need replacing, look at them.
>>
>> Well, there is another way. Drive them until there is metal on metal
>> screaching noises, then replace them.
>>
>> Brake wear has more to do with how you use them than it does with how many
>> miles you have gone. If you do 30,000 miles in stop and go traffic, such
>> as an urban freeway in rush hour, then you are very hard on the brakes and
>> may need them at 31,000 miles. If you do 30,000 miles on the open road and
>> seldom apply the brakes, then you might not need them until you get to
>> 100,000 miles. It's all about HOW MUCH they are use, not how far the car
>> has gone.
>>
>> If you use them heavily, then they go fast. If you use them lightly, then
>> they last a long time. If you want to be proactive and replace pads before
>> you destroy the rotors, the only way to do that is look at them. If you
>> can see through the spokes on the rim, then perhaps you can look at them
>> without taking the tires off. Usually, the tires have to come off though.
>> You can easily see what needs to be seen to judge if the brakes are worn,
>> or not.

>
> My ex-wife could wear out a set of brakes in 20,000 miles. My sister drivng
> the same type of vehicle wouldn't wear the brakes out in 100,000 miles. Who
> drives, where they drive, and how they drive has more to do with brake (and
> tire) wear than what they drive.
>
> I always look at the brakes when I rotate my tires. If you pay a shop to
> rotate the tires, then ask them to look. Chances are they will look whether
> you ask them or not since they'd like to sell you a brake job (unless you go
> to a place like Costco for tires).
>
> Ed


No matter the vehicle, particularly my Bimmer, I never get beyond 20K
with any set of brakes.

Aggressive driving is more costly. ;-)

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