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 11-17-2006, 13:53 Post: 137047
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Randy have you changed the oil in the brake lines? I am thinking it would be good as the color is changing at 100K. I am not sure I want to bleed it all through and have not changed any pads yet. I may wait until I need the pads.






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 11-17-2006, 18:51 Post: 137056
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Peters what Dodge do you have that you've gotten 100,000 miles on it without changing pads? I have an '03 2500 4x with 4-wheel-disc and had the dealer inspect them at 30,000. Tech said 40% left---yeah right. A week later, the day before I was to leave for Katrinaland pulling 15,000lb. for over a thousand miles, plus the truck, the front pads seized up metal-to-metal. Luckily, I was in my hometown at a red light when they seized. I stick with OEM dealer brake pads too as they seems to last a third to twice as long as aftermarket.






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 11-17-2006, 20:50 Post: 137060
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It just must be me or where I live but with the newer pads I'm at about 25,000 miles down from 50,000 from the old pads.






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 11-17-2006, 20:54 Post: 137061
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Mine is an 00 3500 so the discs are quite a bit bigger. I checked the pads at 90K and there was plenty of pad left. I have the 5 speed manual and it slows rather quickly when you take off the gas. Loaded with about 3000 lbs I never touched the brakes on the Californian mountain passes.
I tend to drive watching some distance down the road so have only gotten into the anti lock once or twice.






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 11-18-2006, 06:13 Post: 137064
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Since they decided to take the Asbestes out of the pad material, the New material creates more heat which causes the rotors and drums to burn out and warp, at best 35,000 miles. Pads are hard and wear quickly as compared to the old pads.






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 11-18-2006, 06:49 Post: 137066
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I got about 55,000 miles on the front disks on my Tundra, but like WW said I had to replace the rotors at that point. Maybe using a grooved rotor would help keep them cool. We are always driving up and over some ridge lines, so the brakes get a workout on an automatic.






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I guess the main question was does anyone change the brake fluid. I have only done it in the past when I resealed or replaced the calipers or drum pistons. As I have not done anything to the brakes on this truck and will likely just replace the front pads next I am interested if someone like our "Chief" mechanic has done this and recommends it. He has certainly worked on more critical hydraulic systems than most of us.
I am always worried about drawing rust or dirt particles into the calipers and then causing a nick in a seal and a leak.
My understanding is that a lot of cars manufactures have gone to metal pads, which wear the disks excessively compared to the old asbestos. My experience with the newer organic pads it that they don't last while you turn around.
The Volvo's have had metal pads for years and therefore you need to have the disks replaced with the pads. I normally get about 100K miles on the pads on the Volvos also.






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 11-18-2006, 14:21 Post: 137075
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Absolutely, I flush the brake fluid on our vehicles every 30k miles. The last thing I want is internal brake parts pitting and corroding due to moisture absorbtion. It's even more worrisome with today's extra brake system complexity. When I was doing brakes for a living some of the calipers, wheel cylinders and master cylinders I saw were corroded to the point of being scary.






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