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Old 08-12-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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I have a little over 70000 miles on my Focus and have at least 1/4" of pad left on all four pads. What's a good rule of thumb as to rerplacing the pads when the thickness reaches a certain thickness? At 1/4'' thick, I am giving serious thought to new pads. Ie: the thinner the pads the faster they will fade if having to make a panic stop or use of brakes going down a long steep grade.

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Front pads start out thicker than rears, so those will be needed sooner.

1/4" is still OK, but you'll want to replace before 1/8" at a minimum and they seldom wear exactly even - the thinnest drives the replacement.

Some rears aren't much more than !/4" new, don't know the original for yours offhand.
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