Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 22:04:57 -0000
From: "**-**" <m.faulksnopsamternet.com>
Subject: Re: Brake disk question


"Steve B." <prettygoodnopsamything.com.au> wrote in message news:BC5688F4.2AD5F%prettygoodnopsamything.com.au... > 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? Cheers Matt

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