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Old 07-27-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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How long do your brakes last?

Hey, I have a 2000 E350 Quigley 7.3. Pretty much stock brakes off of an E350 from what I can tell... Last set of 4 rotors/ calipers/ green stuff pads lasted 20k. Back end wore out before front (30% left in front). I tow a trailer with 2 snowmobiles (1500# total) most of the time on mtn. roads and highways. Does this sound like a normal life given heavy van, trailer and mtn. driving? Thanks for any input. PS- I use gears to limit speed whenever I can.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

I still have the original pads etc at 64k miles. I suppose it all depends on the type of driving you do. 20k seems too soon.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

I guess alot depends on you driving habits. I see you downshift to reduce speeds, but diesels don't have much engine braking unless you have added an exhaust brake.

- Do you drive slowly?
- or keep up with the cars?
- Slow down as you approach a stop or intersection?
- Or drive up and hit the brakes?

My van weighs ~10,000#, frequently pulls a 1500-2000# trailer and has over 100K miles and the original rear brakes. The fronts have about 60K on them, not because the first set was worn, but because I upgraded to Frozen Rotors and new pads. The brakes still look very good. Probably 10-15% of my driving is in mountain or off road. 5-10% is in town with stop and go traffic and the rest is highway use with very little braking needed.

Anybody who has ever followed me will tell you I drove slowly and rarely use the brakes. Just ask Chris Thwaites about my driving.

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Old 07-29-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

Mine go about 50K and the fronts go first. It's a daily driver around town but does see the hills quite often. My van is pushing 12,000 lbs but also pull a light 4x4 trailer. I'm using Super brakes by Brakeman brakes
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:10 PM   #5
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

Perfect timing on this question as I have it right now too....

27,000 miles and mine are feeling weak already. Taking it in tomorrow for a check. I drive slow and brake as little as possible. 8500 lbs for daily driving and 9500 for trips.

Wondering what is available as an upgrade for a 2006 Quadvan conversion?

I'll check the link posted about Super Brakes.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

I think going with a larger brake system is the best choice. The upgraded rotors and pads have helped but really only with brake fade. The stopping power did improve but only slightly and difficult to tell. The pads sound like they have lasted longer but if Mike got what he did out of stock brakes, I think what he posted makes a lot of sense.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

On my Excursion, which should be applicable to E-series as well, I went with Power Slot cryo treated rotors and Hawk brake pads. Big difference! Got mine from Riff Raff Diesel.


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Re: How long do your brakes last?

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Perfect timing on this question as I have it right now too....

27,000 miles and mine are feeling weak already. Taking it in tomorrow for a check. I drive slow and brake as little as possible. 8500 lbs for daily driving and 9500 for trips.

Wondering what is available as an upgrade for a 2006 Quadvan conversion?

I'll check the link posted about Super Brakes.
You may want to try re-bedding your brake pads. If you drive too gently, you will wear away the small amount of pad material that should deposit on your rotors when they get hot. You brakes are the same used on trucks up to 19,500 GVWR so stopping power should not be a problem.

http://www.stoptech.com/technical-su...ake-pad-bed-in
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:08 AM   #9
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

Great advice carringb.

Also always remeber to completely change and flush the brake fluid every three years or less.
Brake fade is more often caused by old/dirty fluid than anything else.
A lot of people and shops never do this or they only suck out the reservoir and never flush the system properly.
If your not sure just look at the reservoir. Brake fluid when clean has almost no color, if its brown its overdue.
Never use previously opened brake fluid either, sealed containers only. It too goes bad sitting. If you open a can or bottle and dont use it up throw it away within one month to be safe.


Also be sure the calipers and brake pads slide free when replacing them. Any binding can make your brakes not last.
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Re: How long do your brakes last?

One thing most people over look is to plug in the scan tool and activate the anti-lock system to get the remaining fluid flushed out.
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