2005 Ford 500 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 37790 miles
I bought this car new in 2005, and since that time I've replaced two (2) sets of rear brake pads. The first time I noticed this was at 18, xxx or so miles during an oil change. The dealer took the car in for two days, couldn't figure out the problem, and ended up replacing the rotors and pads " per the request of Ford" according to them. At about 36,500 miles, the same thing happened again. Went to the dealer and was told that this kind of rapid rear brake pad wear " was normal", even after pointing out that if this indeed was normal, why was it that the front brakes (which bear much heavier loads than the rear) were still fine? No answer to that, just the " normal" response with the added caveat that this particular car has an added feature on the rear brake that " makes the brakes wear faster". Don't remember if they said the ABS system or the parking brake. I ended up eating the cost for that repair and having NTB do the work. And then last week, my wife says that the rear brakes every now and then are shimmying at 40mph or less while coming to a stop, as if the ABS is fixin' to kick in (during non-aggressive braking). All I know is that I've had many new cars and I have never had this kind of problem with rear brakes before, especially two sets of pads in under 36,000 miles or so. Help!
Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 1:04 PM