Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 09:32:45 +0000
From: Grunff <grunffnopsam.com>
Subject: Re: Brake disk question


Steve B. wrote: > 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? If the disks are really below minimum thickness then you should replace them. But it's worth measuring them yourself to make sure. If you don't replace them, while it's unlikely that anything catastrophic will happen, they could develop cracks and eventually fail. As for whether they should need replacing, it depends on several factors, including the type of pads you use and how you drive. -- Grunff

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