Re: 80,831 miles until 1st brake job!
Coming back to update the first post...
After taking everything apart, the front pads were only worn about 50%. It was the rear pads that were gone! And I really mean, gone! One of the pads was completely missing - the caliper itself was grinding directly into rotor!
Surprisingly, the e-brake shoes were mostly like new - hardly any wear at all. Considering i used them mostly for the stopping the last 20k miles, I expected them to be shot.
I bought the one-level down gold/platinum level pads from Advanced Auto. Wasn't bad really. The calipers were $90 ea + $75 core charge. I replaced all 4 calipers and all 4 rotors, as well as as the rear e-brake shoes as well as a "e-brake" repair kit with new springs and trinkets. I think all in all was about $550 for parts, including flushing all fluid out. Much better than the $2800 quote I got from the dealer, which didn't even include the e-brake shoes.
One of the pistons in both front rotors were seized. Took me 2 C-clamps I "bent" trying to squeeze them back in until I just gave up and WTF it. Went online and found out about the very common issue here on these forums. Argh! That was a lot of time wasted - as I only had 1 car for a few days. When the spouse got back from a weekend trip, I finally was able to run out and get the front two calipers. Was already replacing one rear and said oh well, I'll replace the one other rear - just so I have all 4 new ones.
And I properly adjusted the e-brake and I now it holds rock solid.
Eric A. Duncan
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Last edited by eduncan911; 08-05-2019 at 09:32 PM.