brake pads

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 16:41
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My ,05 T/D Cruiser is due for brake pads and no doubt discs machined. Question, what sort of money should I be looking at for the job/.
Cheers, Bundy
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Reply By: Member - KEITH W (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:00

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:00
hi nev, a little unrelated to your request, but i did some research on whether to get rotors machined every time. the consensus is that it is not always necessary.
could save a few bucks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:25

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:25
Agree Keith

Removing metal from discs removes some of their heat absorption and dissipation capacity.
Disc machining is necessary to remove warpage and disc thickness variation but machining discs every time pads are fitted has never been demonstrated as technically necessary. (makes them look shiny though) The practice seemed to develop in direct relationship to the number of disc lathes that became available.
If you really want to stir things, ask why discs are being machines with a lathe tool instead of being ground.

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Follow Up By: Member - KEITH W (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:28

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:28
i agree with that line of thought.
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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:46

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 17:46
Neville.
I don't bother at all with the machining of discs when if you get a price on new rotors the price difference is you will find minimal.
And as Andrew has stated the heat dissapation can sometimes be an issue.
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Follow Up By: NRK - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 20:08

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 20:08
Hi Nev, I don't remember what brand but you can get 4wd pads with a thin abrasive strip across the middle that cleans up the surface of your rotors.

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Neil
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Follow Up By: Member - KEITH W (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 09:16

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 09:16
I'kl see if I can get more info on these 4wd pads
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Reply By: Batt's - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 23:56

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 23:56
Are the discs full of groves or are they still smooth I only get mine machined when you run your finger across them and feel groves about every second pad change on average. If your competent and are generally handy with tools and have a repair manual there's no reason you can't change pads yourself if the discs are ok just do a thorough inspection once the wheel is off. Money wise I'm not sure because some people will rip you off big time claiming they replaced things they didn't. An 05 car shouldn't have any major issues yet
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Reply By: Mark&Sue - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 08:24

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 08:24
Hi Nev , we would charge $255.00 for front pads replaced {Bendix 4wd with titanium strip} and on car disc machine. This is relying on wheel bearings being in servicable condition. I have a workshop on the northern Gold Coast.
Cheers Mark.
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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:14

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:14
You would normally need new rotors as they would be undersized grooved or warped every other set of pads anyway so its a non issue
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 12:16

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 12:16
Thanks for all the info fellows, what a great site this is, endless information.
Cheers, Nev.
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Follow Up By: edwin - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:04

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 22:04
Hi Nev, should be able to pick up a set of pads for around $50-80 a set, the best way to see if the discs need machining beside the obvious scoring damage is whilst at highway speed apply the brakes ( light-medium pressure) and if there is type of shudder thru the vehicle or a pulsing of the brake pedal they are warped and will need machining or replacing. My last troopy had over 400,000kms on it and still had the original discs with no shudder evident but at the last rego check the disc thickness was getting at the lower and of the scale and would have needed replacing at the next pad change. I was always advised not to use the metal type pads because they wear out discs a lot quicker which is probably why I got such good life out of the discs.This troopy was used as a commercial tour vehicle which towed a heavy offroad trailer so did get a good work out..depending on whos doing the job and if all is well with the caliper slides and pistons should only take a good mechanic half hour or so.(2 wheels)
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:04

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:04
G'day edwin I've had 5 toyota's & 2 patrols ,never had problems with the discs driving threw lots of creeks , rivers even in the snowy region in winter shows the quality of their product. I had one disco and the first river I drove across in the kimberly region the discs buckled never had trouble with a toyo in the same spot.
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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 09:53

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 09:53
I got to say that's a good price from mark&sue I been quoted a lot more than that at some places over the yrs for the same job.
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