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Old 12-16-2004, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hay ppl i changed my baking front pads and drilled the mirrors also i got beatiful results for sure ... but am concerned about my rear pads dont u think we must change them i mean doesnt they make any effect .. for the momen am goin to believe that they are useless ... n
well they are telling me that they are different from the front one ... they are smaller and thinner ...
do u change ur rear pads with ur front one... and does they have a major effect ?????
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It is always a good idea to change your rear brake pads with your front ones. .. keep it all new.. and then when you replace them you can just replace them all again.. its easier.. not to mention.. its a better piece of mind that all of your pads are good..

I would replace them soon... it is common that all 4 are replaced at once...

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I wear my front pads out 2-3 times and need replacement before the rear does. That just gives you an idea of how much brake balance goes to the front. I've changed rotors twice on the front already and my rear rotors are finally starting to show some scorch marks.

I think brake blanace is something like 70% front and 30% rear.

Anyways, check your pads. If they look good, then why replace them? Brake pads aren't like tires, they don't get worse if the pad depth gets lower like tires would.
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If you're worried about it, just check the brake pad thickness on the rears. Won't take you more than an hour, and it'll give you some piece of mind.

My car has about 95k miles on it and the rear pads are still good.
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