Mechanics

BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT

2008 Ford Escape

Brakes problem
2008 Ford Escape 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 27600 miles

I have had my 2008 Ford Escape 15 months, purchased new and only driven by myself. I have 27,600 miles on it. I commute to work about 46 weeks a year, and my average commute is 75 miles round trip 5 days per week.
I just took my Escape to a Ford dealer for a warranty repair of a transmission leak problem, and had the 30,000 mile inspection done as long as it was in the shop. They said my front brake pads were worn to 4MM and " crumbling" and should be replaced, and front rotors resurfaced.
Of my average 75 mile commute a day, about 65 miles is freeway/expressway driving where I virtually never come to a full stop. Maybe touch the brakes to slow down etc. The remainder of the commute is city driving but not frequent stops either.
Weekend travel is usually light. I do not " ride" my brakes or rest my foot on the brake pedal.
Does this sound reasonable that I have to have my brake pads replaced already? Am I doing something wrong that wears the brakes this fast? Any suggestions?
Bob in Buffalo NY
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Buffalobob
February 10, 2009.



Hi Bob,

While is is surprising, it is not uncommon to have 27K highway miles SUV to have low brake pads. Due to its hefty size (roughly 4000 lbs), the manufacturer uses soft material pads as to reduce " jolts" when the brake system is applied. Even with your occasional stop-and-go driving, that is enough to wear the brake pad material to almost the wear mark.

It is not that you are doing something wrong, it is rather a question whether you want a soft ride or longer lasting brake system.

I would go for a second opinion though. I would go to a reputable national chain (Midas, Firestone etc) and have them look at the brake system. If they agree with your dealership, then I would go ahead and replace the pads and re-surface the rotors. This places can also offer you a better and more competitive pricing rather than the dealership.

The next things is to answer your own question. Do you want a soft ride during braking, or are you OK with some " jolts" or jerks during braking? If you want a nice, soft braking request them to install Raybestos ceramic pads, or premium semi-metallic of the same brand if you want a longer lasting brakes.

Tiny
Zackman
Feb 10, 2009.