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Old 01-30-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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My 06 ST is eating rotors.

I've got an 06 ST with just over 16K. It ate a set of rotors at 9K and I've just gotten it back from the local Ford dealer for it's second set of rotors. These too were replaced under warranty. I spoke with the service writer and told him I didn't beat the car or autocross it and asked what was causing the car to go through rotors so much. His respone was that I've still got out to 36K for warranty coverage and not to worry. Nice answer. If anyone has any ideas why the car might be going through brakes so ofter I sure would appreciate it.


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Sorry brakes are only covered for 12k + the shops warranty on work. usually 1 year 12k.

Make sure you get new rotors, not machined. Also Ford rotors are crap. Get a decent set.
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same was happening to my 07 zx3. ford machined the rotor first time. a week later i was in there again. they eneded up replacin the pads. been fine since. brake components are coveredfor 18k or 1 year whichever comes first. so get your rotors machined or replaced and get some new pads youll be set
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do they come factory with metalic brakes???
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I just bought some oem pads for my ST. The guy wanted to give me motorcraft ones which are different actually from the OE ones. The OE ones look like a semi metallic with copper up front and with some sorta organic compound in the rear. The motorcraft ones which were the cheaper option looked like some silvery semi-metallic all around. I went with the OE combo cause I liked how they felt on the car in the first place. This is after putting crappy Monroe POS pads on there for like 70 bucks all around.... you really get what you pay for and that is not much.
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Before we go blaming parts, what kind of driving do you do?

Not saying you are an abusive driver. Rather if you are in a lot of stop and go traffic can affect the lifespan of the rotors and pads.

That said, 9k replacement is highly unusual.

Is this all 4 rotors or just the fronts?

The first thing that I would check would be the brake hydraulic system. If the caliper is not draining fluid and causing the brake (s) to drag, then that certainly is a cause for concern. No amount of pads or rotors would repair that issue.

THe brake booster and/or the brake master cylinder should be checked/replaced. I would insist upon it.

Remember, 3 times for the same warranty repair can also qualify you for a lemon law replacement. Doesn't matter if its brake lights or transmissions.
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We do blame parts because this has happened to everyone with an 06+
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We do blame parts because this has happened to everyone with an 06+
Hate to hear that...

Just covering all the bases...
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the car probobly has lifetime brake pads on it. they are harder material than the rotor itself and when you brake something has to give. it SHOULD be the pad but in alot of cases where people buy lifetime pads its the rotor. auto parts stores have gotten to where they push selling the lifetime warranty pads which is a bad thing. never buy those. i always get a good medium grade pad. not the cheapest pads but not the lifetime ones either. when the pad and rotor meet the pad digs into the rotor instead of vice versa. rotors cost alot more to replace than brake pads. so go get yourself a set of pads for about $30.
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the car probobly has lifetime brake pads on it. they are harder material than the rotor itself and when you brake something has to give. it SHOULD be the pad but in alot of cases where people buy lifetime pads its the rotor. auto parts stores have gotten to where they push selling the lifetime warranty pads which is a bad thing. never buy those. i always get a good medium grade pad. not the cheapest pads but not the lifetime ones either. when the pad and rotor meet the pad digs into the rotor instead of vice versa. rotors cost alot more to replace than brake pads. so go get yourself a set of pads for about $30.
WTF are you talking about? "Lifetime" pads just means they have a warranty, they aren't harder. They usually sell for $20-$25, cheapo's are $10-$15 and suck. WTF are your pads made out of where they are harder than the solid steel rotor? Even the cheap chinese rotors aren't that soft, and even ceramics don't gouge rotor that badly, unless you have (mostly unneeded) slotted and drilled rotors.

If you are burning through pads it could be a few things. Make sure they are greased up first, so everything slides smooth. Most garages don't grease like they should, because they could care less, and have plenty of pneumatic tools for hard bolts. They just wanna get you in and out fast. Check calipers for freezing, and the caliper hose. Sometimes when you get an old (or bad) caliper hose they collapse and keep the caliper stuck on 'brake', won't let the fluid back into the reservoir.
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