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Old 07-30-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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Check disc brake pads

Is there an easy way to determine the wear on disc brake pads with out removing them? I have a 2001 Dodge 3500 dually.


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Yes. Using a mechanics inspection mirror and small flashlight, the pads may be viewed from underneath the vehicle, perhaps from outside if there are large holes in the rim. You should be able to see the wear indicator, a small metal arm that will begin to rub the rotor when the pad material is worn away. This "arm" scrapes the rotor constantly, making a chirp at first, then a scraping noise, which is heard first when coasting or with open windows. Continued driving insures you the cost of new rotors too.
Not sure, but I think the minimum thickness is 3/32".
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