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Brake Discs Worn Out Already?

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Hello,

Newbie and total novice here looking for some advice.

I took my LS 2011 for an interim service on Saturday and was shocked to be told that my front brake discs are dangerously worn andneeded replacing along with new pads, to the tune of £350.

Now my car is rarely driven, only atweekends and hasn’t even reached 20k miles so I was a bit suspicious. and so googled it when I got home and foundout that this garage have a reputation for mis-selling brake discs and pads tounsuspecting customers.


The guy said that they had worn down to24.5mm when they shouldn’t be thinner than 26mm. Can someone help me? Is it possible that this has happened aftersuch a low mileage, and if so, am I crazy to drive it a bit longer. I can’t afford that much money beforeChristmas and don’t have any problems with the brakes at all.

I think he just saw a woman coming in andis trying to pull a fast one, but obviously won’t take a chance if it’s asdangerous as he was saying.


Any advice welcome!
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Just to be clear, unless your pads were worn out and the indicator/caliper was rubbing on the rotor (what you are calling the "disc") there is no way they need to be replaced. At worst, they could be refinished through a process called "turning" (which is not always a viable option).

If you've never heard a screeching, or rubbing noise from your brakes, then the rotors are fine. Period. They won't just shrink in 20k miles from normal use.
 

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I hate to be the devils advocate but I have 2012 Cruze and at @30K my front pads were worn only because of a problem I had with my front brake calipers. That and the back brakes not adjusting correctly. In any case, if you are concerned about it, I would take it to get another opinion. but listen for the noises you others have mentioned.
I am not disputing that the PADS may be worn and in need of replacement, but my impression was that they are telling him that his rotors are worn down. Maybe it's a misunderstanding, though.
 

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Luckily the "labor" was me @ $8 an hr stall fees in the base auto hobby shop so I only got partially taken of newly acquired freedom monies..
Oh man, I miss those. I used them so much I ended up getting "hired" at one for the weekends occasionally (made a little extra cash, but it was mostly for the awesome free stall time when they weren't being used)!
 
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