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Old 14-04-2012   #1
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Seem to be going through brake pads...

I seem to be going through brakepads every 3 months..

I dont brake sharp, i always gauge ahead slowing down correctly so could it be something to do with the pistons?

My brakes always seem to make dodgey noises every new set..

The only thing i say i do is i drive around in 5th gear alot so i am braking more when going downhill etc.
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Do you live in a hilly area?

Firstly you have a gear box which is very good at slowing you down on hills junctions etc

What is you fuel economy like? Might suggest binding brakes
If you are changing front pads a lot and not rear shoes/pads then you could have a big imbalance in the brakes
Finally what condition are the discs in? Why have you not had to change them?
My current pads and discs are now at least 4 years old so they really don't need changing that often
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

I do live on a big hill, going to work i go down the hill, going to my gfs i go down a hill..

Also she lives on a hill as well.

I have brand new discs and drums that i bought and fitted last year so they should be in good quality.

The front pads are changed more than the rear id say id go through 2 sets of front to 1 set of the rear.

I do now change into 3rd going down hill so i hardly have to brake but thats only recently.
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

What brand pads?
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Agree with fingers there. Cheap pads are cheap for a reason! See how you get on using the gear box more to slow you down. MPG will be affected if they're binding and the trim's/alloys will get hot.
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Ensure neither the front or rear brakes are dragging

And when going downhill - dont keep the brake pedal at a constant pressure to maintain speed

Try pulsing gently
i did that when on holiday - sure the person behind you might wonder what your doing

But i'd go for some nice Mintex or Ferodo Pads - Reasonable price and decent quality

And again - yes gearbox does help
If you roll down in 5th - the engine is going to help on minute level
Say you roll down in 3rd - the rev's will be alot higher, and the engine will retard the spark and reduce fuel consumption to prevent it increasing bonus


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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Would expect at least 25000 miles from pads. Are they wearing evenly?
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

i have my punto almost 2 years now and havent changed the front pads, and ive put nearly 30k on it.

Still at least 50% left on them...think there mintex pads
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

cheap pads can be hard pads and wear the discs down before the pads go

never known anyone wear pads down that quick before

my guess is they came off the internet and were made of discarded cornflakes

brakes should be bought from trusted places
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

i had some ferodo pads, they werent worn out - but when a front flexi burst all over 1 side i replaced the pads and disc's
nothing wrong with except they'd just had brake fluid over them, they were decent pads and decent wearing

with mintex and QH disc's from my local autoparts store = Super braking

Mixtex £13 from local store
Ferodo £20 - £25 from halfrauds

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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Currently using Ferodo pads all around and have brand new discs and drums purchased late last year from car spares.

Always buy my car stuff from carspares, not online.

Noise seems to be coming from the front right wheel when braking as i pulled handbrake up ealier while doing 20mph and the noise didnt appear so when apply brakes it did.

It seems to be like a when you slide your trainers against a skirting board making that vile rubber sound.

Thats what it sounds like every revolution of the wheels while braking.

Only had the pads on 4 months. Would say ive done maybe 2K miles max.
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Warped disc?
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

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Warped disc?
I should hope not, discs are still shiny. the brakes are squiling a bit now as well so will investigate tomorrow.

Will be pissed off if theres no pads left again.
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Do you put a bit of copper grease on the back of the pad when you fit it? Prevents the screeching
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Re: Seem to be going through brake pads...

Yeah i always use copper grease, Hasn't squealed up until now.

Just seems weird that i could be shredding through brakes.

Ive got 41.8 MPG around town, i do have a bit of a blast occasionally but pretty sure the pads shouldn't just crumble away.
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