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Old 04-25-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Is there a general rule at what mileage brakes and shocks should be replaced. Our 2006 Ford E250 extended van has 72,000 miles on it.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Brakes and shocks

A good rule of thumb for brakes is that the pad material should not get much thinner than the metal backing plate. The rotor minimum thickness is stamped on the radial face of the rotor. I'm not sure what it is on an e250 but on my rig it's a minimum of 1.122" thick.

I'm still on the original rotors and pads at 78,000 miles and on my 2nd set of OME shocks.
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JoeH, you probably wote it wrong: rotor thickness cannot be 1.122 mm! Should be something between 20 and 30 mm... Or did you want to talk about inches?
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JoeH, you probably wote it wrong: rotor thickness cannot be 1.122 mm! Should be something between 20 and 30 mm... Or did you want to talk about inches?
That was my first thought, then I reread his comment and it was in reference to the metal backing plate (of the brake pad) - or fairly thin steel.

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Ah yes, sorry for the confusion and I'll re-edit my post. I was referring to rotor thickness and the listing I have for a Ford 4x4 (prior to the bigger brakes in 2008?) is a minimum thickness of 1.122 inches.
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Is there a general rule at what mileage brakes and shocks should be replaced. Our 2006 Ford E250 extended van has 72,000 miles on it.

On my 2 WD, the rear wore at roughly twice the rate of the front. (Disc rear). I bought it used so have no idea what kind of life it had previously, but the rear were shot at 50,000 miles.
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