Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 22:33:56 +0000
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: Brake disk question

On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 22:04:57 -0000, "**-**" <> wrote: > >"Steve B." <> wrote in message > >> I just had the 110K kms. service on my '95 900SE and was told that the >brake >> pads and _disks_ will need replacing soon at a cost of over $AUS700. I've >> replaced the disks once before (around 50K kms. I think). I've never >> replaced brake disks on any other car and always believed they pretty much >> lasted the life of the car with, perhaps a little machining. I was told >that >> the 'official' Saab line is they they should be between 240 and 210 mms >and >> mine are now just below that and should be replaced. >> >> My question to anyone who knows more about it than I do is: is this >> replacement unnecessary? Can I just replace the pads and use my 200mm >thick >> brake disks for a while longer? >> >> Thanks in advance, >> Steve = : ^ ) >> > >Modern discs are made of softer iron than previous as the pads are harder >due to the lack of Asbestos. Pads harder so discs must be softer to get the >same braking performance. > >Your brakes are the only thing that stop over a tonne of metal that contains >YOU and moves at considerable speed. Do you really want to take chances with >them for the sake of a few quid? Mind-you, at 200mm, surely they're still thick enough to stop a fleet of speeding battleships ;o) Colin.

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