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Bob Rosadini

Brake Job Economics

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So the wife's 2010 Explorer is at the dealer getting a new set of Good Years. I get the call "rear brakes are gone". and the usual..."400 bucks including rotors. I know that turning rotors is no longer a common thing but if they are not warped, is rotor replacement a standard revenue generator? 66,000miles by the way and fronts were done at 57,000.

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Depending on where you are, they may be unturnable. 8 years of Salt and sand in the winter tend to rot them to the point where they are rusted into the swiped area of the pad. I turn what I can, but severe rust kills bits. And if just one won't turn out, it gets a pair.

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I dont ever bother turning rotors. Just put new ones on and have the piece of mind that theyre new and didnt have too much material taken off. Of course I never let shops touch the brakes on my cars ever.

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I dont ever bother turning rotors. Just put new ones on and have the piece of mind that theyre new and didnt have too much material taken off. Of course I never let shops touch the brakes on my cars ever.

I have done a few brake jobs in my life. What I have found, especially on the front of heavy vehicle (E Series), to get reasonable brake pad and rotor wear, you need to purchase premium quality parts. Drilled and slotted rotors are over kill, but there are probably at least a dozen different front rotors available for E150s. Ceramic pads. Anything else is a waste of money and likely create tons of brake dust.

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Always ceramic pads.

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Guys-thx for responses- I bit the bullet and had dealer do it -400 bucks- rotors were $91 and I asked for old ones as they make nice add on weight for some of my towed implements-box blade, york rake etc.

 

Nice official Ford Motorcraft parts box-"Made in China". Rotors by the way looked good- no scouring at all-inside cut more than outside.

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Lmao, roger that on made in China. Our complete transmission MT82 (Boss 302) is made there. The Ford 5/50wt oil manufactured in Korea no less. There is some quality stuff even so coming from overseas.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getrag

Disc brakes seems to of become more of a science this past decade or so. On all 4 wheels, not that long ago only fronts were disc and just drums on all 4 wheels, seems yesterday.

Edited by Rich B.

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