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Old 08-21-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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Poor quality brake pads?

Just took my Focus in for its first service, ~7400 miles, 5300 of which I did myself. They gave me my TCM update, oil change, blah blah blah. Guy said that, by my next service (12,400 miles) I would need new brakes because the pads were pretty worn down.

I won't lie, I drive the car pretty hard, but I don't go insane with it and I take decent care of it. Doesn't this seem really early for new brakes?

Also, if I have to get new pads, should I get OEM pads again or go aftermarket?



Not related: I have an aftermarket FSWERKS intake and the service guy tightened it up for me. That's a cool dude.


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Old 08-21-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Just took my Focus in for its first service, ~7400 miles, 5300 of which I did myself. They gave me my TCM update, oil change, blah blah blah. Guy said that, by my next service (12,400 miles) I would need new brakes because the pads were pretty worn down.

I won't lie, I drive the car pretty hard, but I don't go insane with it and I take decent care of it. Doesn't this seem really early for new brakes?

Also, if I have to get new pads, should I get OEM pads again or go aftermarket?



Not related: I have an aftermarket FSWERKS intake and the service guy tightened it up for me. That's a cool dude.
You need sintered brake (metallic) pad instead of organic OEM ones...

The stock do wear fast when they reach high temp (gassing state)...


Pros
-fade at a higher temperature than organic pads
-better performance in wet conditions
-last longer

Cons
-louder
-longer break-in time
-not as much initial bite
-heat is conducted through the caliper, not the rotor


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The problem is, too much heat, for every increase of 100 degrees over the normal operating temperature, brake wear doubles.
The longer brakes stay at high temperatures, the more wear they experience. Also, at high braking temperatures, a gas is expelled by the brake pads, (known as "out-gassing"), which forms a barrier between the pad and rotor.
The out-gassing effectively pushes the pad away from the rotor reducing brake efficiency.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:11 PM   #3
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When you say not as much initial bite, do you mean that they're not quite up-to-snuff before they break in?
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When you say not as much initial bite, do you mean that they're not quite up-to-snuff before they break in?
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:40 PM   #5
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Early to worry, a lot of '13 owners thought they'd need brakes by 15k and didn't do them until 50 or 60k.

Here's a recent thread on "vehicle health reports":How legitimate is the Vehicle Report Card that you get with an oil change?
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:44 AM   #6
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Early to worry, a lot of '13 owners thought they'd need brakes by 15k and didn't do them until 50 or 60k.

Here's a recent thread on "vehicle health reports":How legitimate is the Vehicle Report Card that you get with an oil change?

Thanks. I have thought of upgrading the brakes anyway, and this would've just accelerated (no pun intended) that, but good to know it might not have to be done soon.
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:19 AM   #7
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My factory front pads would have lasted over 100,000 miles if I would have left them on. I just replaced another set of semi metallic pads on mine after another 55,000 miles and they had plenty life left on them too. My rotors were pretty chewed up though.
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I put brakes on my 2013 at roughly 33,500 miles. If it hadn't been for the warped rotors on the front (the car was a rental before I bought it), I wouldn't have had to replace the pads. I replaced my front pads with Akebono ceramic pads. It is great upgrade - very little brake dust, no fade, noiseless, and guaranteed for life.
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Just replaced mine the other day @80k miles, mostly highway driving. They would have lasted quite a bit longer but apparently the ford factory doesn't grease the caliper slider pins during assembly as they were BONE DRY and the pads wore extremely uneven.
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Mine were toast at 45k. All new pads and rotors are like a dream now!
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