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Old 01-06-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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I've gone to two different mechanics and they've told me the following:

Mechanic 1:
fronts have 4 mm left, and 3 mm right, of brake pad left.
They simply said the rear brakes were low.

Mechanic 2:
fronts have .11 inch left and .10 inch of brake pad remaining, i.e., 15% of brake pad material remaining.

The rears have 10% left.

The factory spec is .8 inches originally and they are supposed to be replaced at .079" inches.

How much longer can I safely drive my vehicle? Would a month of city driving be safe if I have .11" inches of brake pad material up front?
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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How long is determined by a whole host of factors well beyond anyone's control. That said, your braking habits are the single biggest factor other than the speed braked from.

One point here that puzzles me. if you're so concerned about your brakes then get them replaced and be done with it.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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I'm getting the brakes done over the weekend. I'm just wondering if it's safe to drive for a couple of days.

There's only .11 inch of brake pad material on the fronts, but they only come with .8 inches to begin with. They're supposed to be replaced at .08 inches without question. I'm getting close to that.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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How long is determined by a whole host of factors well beyond anyone's control. That said, your braking habits are the single biggest factor other than the speed braked from.

One point here that puzzles me. if you're so concerned about your brakes then get them replaced and be done with it.
Couldn't agree more. Time to replace your brakes. Don't be surprise if they say you need new rotors too. Like brake pads, they get worned too and depending on how old and condition that they are in, you may need new ones.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I'm getting the brakes done over the weekend. I'm just wondering if it's safe to drive for a couple of days.

There's only .11 inch of brake pad material on the fronts, but they only come with .8 inches to begin with. They're supposed to be replaced at .08 inches without question. I'm getting close to that.
if it's just for a couple more days, i wouldn't worry.

Mike
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Incognito
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You still got enough meat on them to drive to California and back.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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I'm getting the brakes done over the weekend. I'm just wondering if it's safe to drive for a couple of days.

There's only .11 inch of brake pad material on the fronts, but they only come with .8 inches to begin with. They're supposed to be replaced at .08 inches without question. I'm getting close to that.
Unless there's something broken, you've got more than enough pad to go a couple more days.

You're fine.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire
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A few more days is no problem, but try to stretch it out and you take the chance of damaging drums/rotors, and the the cost goes up many fold, as does the safety margin.
Most states have laws that state a dealer can not sell a car with less than 50% brake life left. That has nothing to do with your case, just wanted to impart some knowlede on you. When you get down to 20-25 %, I would be doing a brake job. 11% is pushing your luck..! Better too soon than too late, unless your family isn't important to you
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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ok for the safety of other drivers get them replaced ASAP
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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When they stop squeeling and have damaged the rotors is a good time. Do it now before someone get hurt.
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