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Old 12-16-2014, 08:13 PM
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3,000 miles ago dealership said my front and rear brakes were in Yellow category on their Red, Yellow, Green grading scale. So I began preparing for a break job. Today got oil changed at another mechanic who told me the dealership was dead wrong. Said I have 6mm on front pads and 7mm on rear pads and rotors looked good. On a 1-10 scale, 1 = brand new and 10 = "Oh S^*T, replace, replace!" how do I interpret 6mm and 7mm left on the pads? Advice?

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A quick google search yielded this synopsis- I'm sure that the pad material is a factor but this a good guide.

Most brake pads are equipped with sensors built in to the brake pad material. When a brake pad that's 12 mm thick new wears to approximately 3 mm of pad life remaining, the metal sensor usually becomes exposed and makes contact with the disc. The resultant metal-on-metal contact causes squealing and may trigger an electronic sensor to display a warning light on newer vehicles. Either way, the brake pads themselves are worn to about 25% and will need replacement soon, depending on how brake-intensive your driving is. Gauge how many miles it took you to reach this point, and divide it by three to get a rough idea how much more time until ‘pad zero' is reached. At 3 mm thickness remaining, you've got a little time left. At 1 or 2 mm, it's time to schedule an appointment or order the parts to have at the ready for a specific future date if you're doing them yourself.

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Spoiler, Thanks for the quick google search. I did one too but must not have been entering the right info to get that specific of a result. Thank you for your efforts and this helps me. I might not be a technician - but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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