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Brake pads going out. Need input/opinions

Well here is the scoop. Took truck in to local dealer to have oil changed/tires rotated. (I'd do it myself but they only charge $75) Tech noticed brake pads thin and spec'd all 8 at less than 3mm. Ok, thanks dealer. I whistle away. Go over to les schwab for my appt to have my rotors resurfaced. Shoot the sh!t with the guy and he recommends not resurfacing them now because it would be a waste of one resurface if I was to keep using the old pads and instead replacing the calipers, pads, resurfacing the rotors and "flush" the brake lines on all 4 at a price of $634.00 and he informs me that les schwab warranties them for 25k/36 months, whichever comes first. I do not get to keep my old calipers they keep them as a core to send back to a company who's name starts with an "F" (can't remember) and they rebuild them and send them back to les schwab. He showed me the caliper and it had a Ford emblem on it. Just wanna know what you guys would do or think I should do. I could of course have the rotors resurfaced then throw on new pads for much cheaper I'm sure but would it be worth it? Any tips, insight, or opinions greatly appreciated.

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Why the need for the calipers to be changed?

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"It's just what les schwab does". They don't install things you bring them, like aftermarket rotor/pads. He said if I wanted I could easily reuse them and he even said that's what he would do.

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If it was me I would replace the pads myself inspect the rotors myself and have an autoparts store resurface them for me. There really is no need to flush the brake fluid unless you have sumerged the vehicle in water.

If the calipers are working fine not siezing up or leaking then why replace them.


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I wouldn't replace the calipers unless they were bad and you don't have to bleed the brakes unless you replace the calipers. Are they doing all four or just the fronts? Seems cheap to do all four rotors, pads and calipers for that price. If its just the fronts......brakes are really easy, do it yourself

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that's the price for all 4 calipers, to resurface all 4 rotors and replace all 8 pads. plus that 25k/36 month warranty. thanks for chiming in guys. 4 replies and 0 views! lol gotta love this site.

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Thats really not that bad of a price for all four then! Calipers are about 50 bucks a piece rotors and pads are about 250-300 even though they aren't replacing the rotors. I would have it done for that price. You could still replace with all new rotors brake pads and calipers for cheaper if you did the work yourself

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Unfortunately I don't have any of the tools to do it or I would definitely consider it. I would wait and do slotted rotors and new pads but I'm not sure if the current pads will last long enough until I go see Marc in June, who could obviously do the work. Looks like I'll be getting a bunch of prices next week on slotted rotors and new pads and then consider babying it until June.

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Midas gives lifetime warranty on the pads. Hey can you get me a price on a set of remmington tires mud terrians from Les.


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