Re: What do I need?????
Mark, thank goodness for folks like you.
You are right.
"Mark" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On Thu, 21 Jul 2005 16:57:49 -0400, "Charlie Bress" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>"Mark" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> On Thu, 21 Jul 2005 15:47:20 -0400, "jamiedee86"
>>> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>>My dad recently rotated my tires on my 98 Ford Explorer (rear wheel
>>>>and told me that my brake pads were like non existant. My moms mechanic
>>>>friend said he would only charge me labor if I gave him the parts. But
>>>>am embarassed to ask what parts I need can anyone help me?
>>> You need brake pads. Go to your local auto parts store and tell them
>>> need front and rear brake pads for a 98 Explorer. Just make sure you
>>> them if it's a V8 or V6. The pads for the V8 are larger up front. Last
>>> time I got pads they were something like $35 for the front pair and $29
>>> the rear. Do yourself a favor and do not get pads that have a lifetime
>>> warranty. The don't wear out, but your rotors do wear. It's cheaper to
>>> replace pads than rotors.
>>> The mechanic friend may be able to get the parts cheaper if he's a
>>> mechanic, but not if he's just a guy who does work out of his house.
>>Oh, oh! If the pads are non existent then I fear for the rotors.
> jamiedee86 - do you hear any metallic noise when braking? Do you feel
> anything in the pedal when you brake - pulsing or maybe even a grinding
> feeling? If not, you're probably OK.
> The guy will be able to tell you when he replaces the pads. Let's not
> this kid anything to panic about.
> Let me tell you a story that will probably make the purists cringe. Way
> back when, I had a vehicle with just front disc. When I bought it, there
> were visible gouges in both rotors. Obviously someone drove it for quite
> some time with no pads. There is no way they didn't hear ungodly noises
> coming from up there.
> So, being the cheap bastard I am, I bought a new set of pads and threw
> on. Guess what? She felt like new again. It probably took all of 3
> before the pads wore in and seated to the rotor grooves. The pads didn't
> wear any shorter than other cars I've owned. Also, theoretically
> I should have been getting better braking since I had more surface area
> with all the grooves.
> Yes, this is true and yes, I would try it again if I ran in to the same
> situation. No, I don't expect any purist to agree with any of it.