I have a 1984 gmc pick up. The pads were metal on metal. It just
scratched the rotor a little on the inside of the left rotor. I put
metallic pads on, and the truck stops fine, doesn't pull etc. Will the
pads on that side wear out prematurely, or will they just wear into the
grooves, and it will be business as usual?
yes.. replace the rotors I know you can get by with replacing pads on a
vehicle if the rotors "look" and "feel" okay.. BUT you just said it was
metal on metal.. I wouldn't take a chance.. I replace the pads and rotors
together every brake job I find the brakes last longer ..bit more money
spent but better to be safe than sorry
Depends on what you mean by scratched. If you used semi metallac pads they
will seat to the rotor.Check the ruber hoses to the wheels and the lines as
well. I would never take chances on brakes. Going is fine but you always
want to be able to stop. Your life or others may depend on it.
Your answer I like. The top two 3rd's of the rotor wasn't scored. The
bottom 3rd was. I'm hoping that the pads will eventually smooth out the
bottom 3rd of the rotor since I used mettalic pads, but that's probably
asking allot. I really don't want to take off my rotor right now, cuz
I'd have to do it in the rain. They don't pull or anything. They work
excellent. Knock on wood....thanx for your reply....
Get them turned when these pads wear out , they're going to wear into the
grooves left by the others . IF they can be cleaned up before they go past
minimum thickness spec . Shoulda had 'em turned this time ...
But that's just my shade tree opinion .
Yet another free bit of advice, which of course may be all it's worth:
if the rotor was so bad that it absolutely should've been turned, and your
description of it matches what I'm 'seeing', the worst scenario is the new
pads will wear out pre-maturely/soon and need replacing again. Then,
turn/check for minimum thickness.
Here's a somewhat comforting theory (should generate some feedback,
including *faults* in the theory): A rotor with grooves, mated to a pad that
has worn to fit & mesh nicely with the grooves, has MORE surface area of
pad-to-rotor than a set whose surfaces are completely flat! sdlomi2
As I said "DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES WITH YOUR BRAKES!" Noone could sit at
home and diagnose the condition of a brake rotor or brake system. If your
motor, transmission or rear fail you can have it towed home. If your brakes
fail, in the rain or elsewhere you are an accident looking for a place to
happen. Do it once and do it right.
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