Ford Explorer 2008 Eddie Bauer edition (51,300 miles) my ford dealer is saying i need to replace front and rear brakes replace rotors. Please saying 'red brakes measure below 3mm. Total cost $637.

Asked by Mar 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM about the 2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Is that usual for a truck with only 51,300 miles?

10 Answers

1,235

I would think if this is the first time they've been replaced, then they're probably due. I have replaced the rear disks and rotors twice (the last time they were replaced was due to a bad caliper), and I've only put 48,000 on it since I've had it.

23,465

Wow! You guys get good use out of your brakes! Typical Ford brakes wear out 2 to 1. Two sets of Front pads to 1 set of rear pads starting around 30,000 miles. As for our Crown Vic Police interceptors? All brakes 4 times a year. New rotors every-other time. Shop around for a good brake deal but no, you're right on time with your brake wear.

17,230

Go all new, DIY and save about 300.

1,235

Question while we're on the subject of brakes, a couple of questions, actually - is it cheaper to replace the rotors than it is to machine them? And, if you have disk brakes, shouldn't you hand torque the lug nuts to keep the rotors from warping?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
17,230

There are two retired brothers not far from my house who have had a parts store before Autozone was even thought of. He turns shoes and rotors for ten bucks each because he had the old equipment few probably have. I still purchase new basically the the difference in price (when on sale) is about thirty bucks each. Where they come in valuable is they still remove and press in ball joints for five bucks each, plus the price of the ball joint.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
17,230

As long at the nuts are at least as tight as spec, hand tightening should not be necessary. If you have heated up a rotor enough to warp it, it's shot. Passenger car/truck brakes are not built like rotors on indy cars. Surely not for 29.95 at your local parts store.

1,235

So I shouldn't be getting all over my mechanic for not hand torqueing?? LOL ... I thought this was the only way to insure the nuts were all the same psi. I think I owe him an apology!

23,465

I would like to say that hand torquing the lug nuts is not only good practice, but good presence. #1, you can't miss a nut. #2, it shows the customer that you're a pro and care about their car and their safety.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
1,235

Thanks, Tracy. These guys are super and the only garage I trust, and it's been a long time since I've had to worry about maintenance on my own (I was married to a mechanic), but knowing that I had 4-wheel disc brakes I always thought they were skipping out on that last step.

23,465

You're very welcome. Next time ask them to torque them. They most likely will with no fuss.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 74,254 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $750.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 9,700
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,880
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,230
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Expedition
392 Great Deals out of 24,310 listings starting at $2,400
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
843 Great Deals out of 70,149 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
644 Great Deals out of 27,671 listings starting at $600
Used Ford F-150
2,392 Great Deals out of 209,709 listings starting at $895
Used GMC Acadia
551 Great Deals out of 45,861 listings starting at $4,900
Used Ford Edge
632 Great Deals out of 50,946 listings starting at $3,995
Used Dodge Durango
249 Great Deals out of 22,858 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Escape
1,071 Great Deals out of 92,826 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Highlander
323 Great Deals out of 24,060 listings starting at $2,900
Used Honda Pilot
338 Great Deals out of 20,441 listings starting at $2,199
Used Toyota 4Runner
277 Great Deals out of 20,422 listings starting at $2,700
Used Nissan Pathfinder
310 Great Deals out of 22,794 listings starting at $2,250
Used Chevrolet Traverse
496 Great Deals out of 44,846 listings starting at $4,893
Used GMC Yukon
410 Great Deals out of 16,306 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
67 Great Deals out of 1,976 listings starting at $750

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 46,986 listings starting at $24,990
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
127 Great Deals out of 5,570 listings starting at $20,000
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
139 Great Deals out of 3,806 listings starting at $13,595
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
210 Great Deals out of 6,253 listings starting at $11,995
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
106 Great Deals out of 3,331 listings starting at $8,500