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So i changed my brakes over the weekend because they have been grinding during the initial use untill about half pedal for some time and even though they have less than 13k on them i wasnt going to wait untill they fail on me like the originals did to fix them.
Pulled them off expecting to find almost nothing left given the noise they were making only to see the pads were basically new thickness still on both inner and outer pads on both front wheels.
But both inner pads(the pads that go into the caliper cups) on both wheels had fractured and significant chunks missing off them right at the center leading edges.
They basically looked like someone took a chisel and hacked at them to get them off if they were stuck to the rotor, but only on the inner pads.
The rotors had no marks on them that would imply that a stone or something had lodged itself in the space on the caliper where such a thing could possibly enter.
Im kind of stumped as to what could have caused this other that a defect in them, the pads exibit no signs of uneven wear or anything like that. The slider pins look perfect and are straight and true. The rotors were installed with those brakes and have nothing wrong with them, also straight and in spec.
These were semi metallic pads from autozone, not the cheapest ones either but even if they were this kind of failure is unacceptable to me.
I replaced them with ceramics and used the fancy grease for them and after bedding them in stop without issue and noise.
The new ceramic pads were noticably thinner than the pads i took off, enough to not even need to use a clamp or that flathead screwdiver pry thing ive seen others do to change them(which i lucked out with since i didnt have a clamp or screwdriver in the car), but the broken pads were definately the right ones for my focus.

Has anyone here had a similar issue with their pads on their focus or was this just a freak instance i got cursed with?

I have some little issues to address ive been too busy to get at with this car but the brake thing isnt something i was going to drag my feet on after the way the originals went.
 

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Damn, that's crazy. I'm guessing just production defects since both fractured. I've used the higher-end Autozone pads on my Sienna with no problems, but this sounds like another reason to stick with the Moto pads on the Focus.
 

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I have noticed a definite reduction in the quality of brake pads. Since most parts store started offering lifetime replacement it is like no one really cares.... they just give you another pair and send you on your way.

I'm guilty too. I had a Dodge mini van and changed the front pads every year instead of buying new rotors.
 

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Did you let Autozone know? They should warranty such a horrible manufacturing defect.
I did. Just a refund is all they can do.
I dont even care about the money at this point.
I wont be buying brakes there again.
If it werent for the dealer not having them in stock i wouldnt have even bought them from there.
The napa brakes i had to throw on it to get me home that day i originally had all my brakes fail to fix the brakes(the dealer didnt have either factory front pads or rotors and i couldnt wait another day) were even worse, they were practically wearing down in my hands just from handling them to put them on.
I think they were 15 bucks or so, im not expecting quality but sheesh.
 

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I'd get that garbage off and buy Moto pads from Amazon. They're around $45/shipped. Put those on and you're probably set for the life of the car.
I only had the napa pads on to get me home from work that day, because the rotors were shot when the original pads failed(ground into the rotors beyond saving).
I threw them on in the parking lot at work that day to make it home for the weekend and do the entire brake system with the proper tools and space to work on them.
That was last year around this time strangely.

The ones on there now are ceramics, about 60 bucks i think they were, i picked them up when i bought new headlight bulbs(because they diminished in output noticable after 4+years) a few weeks ago.
The oem ones didnt come with audible wear indicators(which was the start of all my brake problems) so i passed on them.
The new ones didnt either(any of them) so im guessing none of them do for this car.
 
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