Date: 5 May 2004 14:38:23 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Brake Recommendation?

On Wed, 5 May 2004 10:16:13 -0400, Fred W. <Fred.Willsnospampam> wrote: > > "meld_b" <> wrote in message > >> I asked about just changing >> pads and they said that their experience is that they'll squeel and warp >> so bad that I'll be back to put rotors on. > > Don't you think that maybe they wanted to sell you the rotors too? If the > rotors are not warped, they will not warp suddenly just because you put new > pads on. Right. Either they're used to lesser cars (Saab's OEM rotors _are_ better than most), or they were trying to scare you into spending more money than necessary. "We always turn your rotors on a lathe when we put pads on" is another waste of money, far as I'm concerned. If they're flat, and the ridge at the outer edge isn't too big, there is _no_ reason to take off several tens of thousands of miles worth of wear on a lathe. The only thing it accomplishes is to allow them to sell you new rotors sooner. (If they're gouged or warped, or you ran out of pad and were using the metal to brake with, that's different). >> It looks like a set of Brembo pads is ~$40... Maybe I should go mike my >> rotors and see if they've been turned??? > > If they are not pulsing, and they are still within spec for min thickness, > just replace the pads. Pads are cheap. Rotors are a bit more. Labor is > the real killer expense wise if you have to pay for it. Or, learn how to do the pads yourself, it's not tough and there are plenty of folks here who can talk you through your particular car. Dave Hinz

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