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Old 11-17-22, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Brakes on the SportWagen lasted until 100k miles. Not many stop-and-go traffic miles. Then, it was pads and rotors all around.
I think VWs are notorious for eating rotors.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I think VWs are notorious for eating rotors.
100k on rotors seems fine to me.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
100k on rotors seems fine to me.
A rotor below the minimum thickness after the first set of pads is what I'm talking about. The first time I saw that on a VW I was stunned. Many years ago, of course.

I'm pretty certain I have never replaced a rotor on any car I've had but I think I did replace a drum once on an old truck. Sold my S-10 with near 300k and original rotors and drums. Current beater has 200K and has had front pads once, no rotors or rear pads yet. It helps that I drive like a scared old lady.
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Trying not to buy this beauty they're asking $200 for, but I need another midrange bike like I need a hole in my head. But I've always loved this paint. I wish they would've done a Fuji Team with this finish.



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I did brakes on used cars at a dealer in the 90s. The weirdest thing I found was certain Ford trucks had bad heat treating or something in the rotors. I could resurface them and they were well within spec and after the were driven a short time they would pulsate and shake the steering wheel something fierce. I learned to just replace them, and they were the big 8 lug rotors. Had a lady who bought a used Ford come into the shop and yell at me about it before I knew the problem. All kinds of accusations were hurled. We did buy her new rotors but she was not happy. Probably still not happy.
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Trying not to buy this beauty they're asking $200 for, but I need another midrange bike like I need a hole in my head. But I've always loved this paint. I wish they would've done a Fuji Team with this finish.



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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Trying not to buy this beauty they're asking $200 for, but I need another midrange bike like I need a hole in my head. But I've always loved this paint. I wish they would've done a Fuji Team with this finish.
But have you ever looked into the possible advantages of a hole in the head? Also, what is this "need" ****?
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
You might be able to see the front pads without removing the wheel. Sometimes you can see the outer pad just looking through the wheel. With some cars you can get a small mirror in position to see both pads.

fwiw my friend put brakes on his Fit for the first time around 165,000 miles but he does a lot of freeway driving.
Wow! That would be nice! I would be happy with much less than that. This reminds me we changed the plugs on my wife's 91 Corolla, at 148,000 miles. On the brakes, you're right, of course. I could easily check them myself. I should pick up a jack stand or two one of these days. For the rear.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
A rotor below the minimum thickness after the first set of pads is what I'm talking about. The first time I saw that on a VW I was stunned. Many years ago, of course.

I'm pretty certain I have never replaced a rotor on any car I've had but I think I did replace a drum once on an old truck. Sold my S-10 with near 300k and original rotors and drums. Current beater has 200K and has had front pads once, no rotors or rear pads yet. It helps that I drive like a scared old lady.
That's my MO too. My wife is a little more aggressive than I am and she uses the car much more than I do.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
A rotor below the minimum thickness after the first set of pads is what I'm talking about. The first time I saw that on a VW I was stunned. Many years ago, of course.

I'm pretty certain I have never replaced a rotor on any car I've had but I think I did replace a drum once on an old truck. Sold my S-10 with near 300k and original rotors and drums. Current beater has 200K and has had front pads once, no rotors or rear pads yet. It helps that I drive like a scared old lady.
With your hands together at 12:00?!?
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With your hands together at 12:00?!?
BTW I drive the Saturn like a middle aged man, very gently. I am thinking that's how I have 196K on it and still original clutch. But hands at 3 and 9 O'Clock.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
but I need another midrange bike like I need a hole in my head.
"What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head."--D. Faragher/D. Lowery/J. Hickman
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BTW I drive the Saturn like a middle aged man, very gently. I am thinking that's how I have 196K on it and still original clutch. But hands at 3 and 9 O'Clock.
Race car style!
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Manual Steering car style!
fixed for accuracy
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"What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head."--D. Faragher/D. Lowery/J. Hickman
Can you say the artist name? Cracker.

edit: why yes, you can.
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Can you say the artist name? Cracker.

edit: why yes, you can.
Can't say Cracker Jack without it.
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Can't say Cracker Jack without it.
Agree. There was a time when that word was censored. But we **** sapiens can learn and adapt, right?
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Race car style!
Or "My-steering-wheel-has-a lot-of-buttons" style.
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With your hands together at 12:00?!?
Yes, while struggling to see over the steering wheel.
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Or "My-steering-wheel-has-a lot-of-buttons" style.
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Those are all backwards.
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Those are all backwards.
Not in the Bizarro World.
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Those are all backwards.
F1 drivers aren't exactly normal folks.
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Just look at it in the mirror.
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