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Old 03-27-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default How long do stock brakes last?

I'm starting to feel a slight rubbing through the brake pedal, and I feel like i have to press harder for proper braking. Sitting at a light, I have to keep harder pressure on the pedal. Perhaps they just need adjusting, but it got me thinking - how many miles before the stock pads need replacing? i have 25,000 mostly highway miles. BTW,I checked the master cylinder fluid level - fine, no leaks.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:45 AM   #2
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I'm starting to feel a slight rubbing through the brake pedal, and I feel like i have to press harder for proper braking. Sitting at a light, I have to keep harder pressure on the pedal. Perhaps they just need adjusting, but it got me thinking - how many miles before the stock pads need replacing? i have 25,000 mostly highway miles. BTW,I checked the master cylinder fluid level - fine, no leaks.
Depends on how much you brake. Mine were all gone at 25K but I like to speed up and hit my brakes a lot.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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I'm starting to feel a slight rubbing through the brake pedal, and I feel like i have to press harder for proper braking. Sitting at a light, I have to keep harder pressure on the pedal. Perhaps they just need adjusting, but it got me thinking - how many miles before the stock pads need replacing? i have 25,000 mostly highway miles. BTW,I checked the master cylinder fluid level - fine, no leaks.
Depends on how much you brake. Mine were all gone at 25K but I like to speed up and hit my brakes a lot.

But it never felt hard to press the brakes, the only time I felt that was when I installed new pads and rotors it was hard to press the pedal down, only lasted for about a week.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:34 AM   #4
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Perhaps they just need adjusting,
They can not be adjusted.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:48 AM   #5
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

[align=left]Most autoshops recommend that your pads be checked atleast every 30,000 miles because thats usually about the time that people start to need them...if properly braked. Lol.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:03 AM   #6
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I'm at ~18,700 miles and breaks are still fine.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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what's the consensus for which pads to get to replace the oem ones??
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:43 AM   #8
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Check your brake fluid level. If you have the usual brake fluid leak at the cap then you may be running low.

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Old 03-27-2008, 10:43 AM   #9
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

IMO - its an impossible question to answer. Too many variables in how you drive. I've had brakes last 30K on some cars and 14K on others(well that was with the wife driving).

In a lot of stop and go urban type traffic 20-25K would be a decent life IMO.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:08 AM   #10
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

As was stated, there are too many variables...most importantly, personal driving habits. I have almost 50,000 miles on my OEM pads and there is still plenty of meat left. Most of my mileage is highway, but I'm also not someone who waits until "the last second" to hit the brakes. So, there really is no definitive answer. Depends on the driver and driving environment.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:16 AM   #11
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

Last time I checked my pad life is when I lowered the car last month. I had about 75-80%. SoI'd say I have slightly less than that now. I'm very easy with my brakes, I never slam on them or ride them. I also drive a manual, so I do a lot of downshifting to slow me before hitting the brakes. I am currently at 63K with the stock pads
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

I play the "try and drive and use the breaks the least amount" game.
But thats just me. Its fun, try it.
They will only last as long as they last. Driving habits vary between
drivers and your results may vary. 20K to 35K miles?
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:05 PM   #13
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

What about those of us with manual transmissions? Many of us use neutral then brake to stop rather than downshifting. How long will the pads hold up in those conditions?
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:10 PM   #14
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i hate people who ride their brakes all the time its annoying
but yes depends on driving habbits and where u drive ur car ex city or highway milage
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:58 PM   #15
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what's the consensus for which pads to get to replace the oem ones??
I'm with the majority here as in depends on how you drive. As far as pads...Hawk FTW...
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Check your brake fluid level. If you have the usual brake fluid leak at the cap then you may be running low.

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Please go back and read the last sentence in the OP`s first post
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:10 PM   #17
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

true to much variance in drivers but for the record I have 40k and pads still good
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:19 PM   #18
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

Like everyone said, too many variables. I have 65,000 miles on my car and had to replace the rear pads only at 50,000- but that may have something to do with burnouts at the track wearing on the rear brakes. Front brakes are now starting to squeak so I need to replace those. Listen for little 'chirps' when you step on the brakes, that is the alert that the pads need to be replaced soon.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:12 PM   #19
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Default RE: How long do stock brakes last?

hehe.. more variables than ya know folks.. lol.. How you use the brakes is probally the biggest factor..

Nextly, things you won't see.. All depends how the brake pad cures out.. Sometimes you'll get airbubbles in the mix to make the break pad and the air bubble isn't noticeable during production.. Here latley is not as been bad..

Whats used on the production Mustang and on the F150is a NAO mix called 505.. High friggin dollar brakes.. They are easier on the rotters and won't leave the black film on the rims.. Most your NAO's won't leave this black dust film.. Longs the brake says its a Ceramic Type brake, your good to go.. Any Metallic break will leave the black film..

Any questions about brakes, i'll try to answer them the best i can.. No i'm not trying to come off as a Know-It-All.. I been doing this for the last 6 years.. I work at THE largest friction plant.. The company makes OE and AM stuff for car companys.. hehe..

Thought i'd drop some info.. Maybe someone will find it useful..

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That is a [sm=loser.gif] question, it depends on driving habits, climate etc!!
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