UFO Brakes, Light is Warning, not $$ Danger
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sat Jan 3 12:35:02 EST 2004
At 9:31 AM -0600 1/3/04, Dale at TheMcCormacks.org wrote:
>A few weeks ago I asked for advice from listers on the risk of
>driving after the "pad wear light" began to flash intermittently.
>Some advised prudence others less so. Anyway, after disassembly
>I'd reckon that there was another 500-1000 miles of pad(s) left
>before metal-to-metal contact.
I don't have UFOs, so I wonder: can't you inspect the pad thicknesses
without the need for "disassembly"? Anyway, I'd say that 500-1000
miles of pad remaining didn't permit a lot of time for
procrastination. Of course the warning light doesn't imply that the
car must immediately be pulled off the road and towed home (I assume
you _didn't_ do that), but unless you feel you aren't getting your
money's worth until you achieve "metal-to-metal contact" (and risk
damaging those pricey rotors), you did the right thing.
Of course these R&R decisions depend on how much value you place on
convenience and peace-of-mind, relative to being able to squeeze
every cent out of your vehicle parts. Too often, the DFIIIAB
philosophy is no more than: DFIUYBDITMON (Don't Fix It Until You
Break Down In The Middle Of Nowhere).
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