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    Brake Pad Wear (measurement)

    Can someone please explain what it means when you see

    "BRAKES FRONT 6/32 REAR 4/32" ??

    What exactly does this mean? I sense that it isn't really a direct measurement at all. Do new pads start out at 32/32?? or 0/32?

    Seems like a bizarre measurement.

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    I'll go out on a limb and say that would be a direct measure of how much material is left on them

    New pads would be 32/32 if they had an inch of material

    0/32 would be steel on steel

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    just change em when you hear metal on metal. If measurements and math can't be figured out by the time you learn how to drive maybe the short bus is a better option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverage View Post
    I'll go out on a limb and say that would be a direct measure of how much material is left on them

    New pads would be 32/32 if they had an inch of material

    0/32 would be steel on steel
    Don't think so, cause my numbers are going UP, not down! I was 6/32 last year, then I went to 7/32 and now I'm 8/32. Exactly how do they do this in the shop??

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    If this is in a shop, I would imaging that they measure wear based on the standard width of your brake pads and then input how much is missing (worn).

    So wear would start at 0 and go to whatever the width is (probably something like 16/32 or so)
    So your brake pads would be at half life with 8/32 wear.
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    ask them for how many millimetres are left and tell the to get in the now... pads are done at the 3-4 mm mark. i got mine back form the dealer once with 2mm of pad left after a "peice of mind" check up HA... the squeeling drove me batty
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