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#4719398 - 04/07/18 11:40 AM How often do you lube brakes?
pda1122 Offline


Registered: 09/22/05
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Loc: Maine, USA
Just seeing how often you guys lube your brakes during the life of the pads/rotors. I usually never relube them but am rethinking I should every couple years or so. I live in a salt laden area and like to power wash the wheels during the winter when it gets warm enough to do so.
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#4719404 - 04/07/18 11:44 AM Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122]
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Would never even consider doing that - only when changing pads.
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#4719412 - 04/07/18 11:52 AM Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122]
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Registered: 01/21/17
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If you have more than one set of tires you swap then why wouldn't you take a look at them once per year? My car has two bolts per wheel to reveal the pins and pads.

I live in Toronto where there is tons of snow and salt to wash away lube. Not so much the slide pins but the calipers for sure. Before I realized copper anti sieze is the correct choice for pad ears I used sylgide on them and that stuff was gone after a single winter.
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#4719415 - 04/07/18 11:58 AM Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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I'm tempted. Also pop the pads out of their clips and make sure they haven't grown bigger due to rust in such a way that they bind. And make sure the rotor floats on the spindle if it's supposed to, vs being seized to the hub.

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#4719418 - 04/07/18 12:00 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
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I clean and lube the calipers every three years. Helps prevent a stuck caliper.
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#4719427 - 04/07/18 12:16 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
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Loc: NY
When I replace them. So far so good, since the mid 70's when I first learned how to do a brake job.
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#4719452 - 04/07/18 12:40 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
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Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Front discs, when I replace the pads. No problems over the 17 years on that old 2000 Ford Taurus. Rear discs; should have freshened up each spring. I screwed up a few sets of rotors and pads because the calipers seized up after a salt filled winter. I wash them down every time i wash my car then lube up the calipers when I remove the winter tires.

On my Suburban with rear discs. Just when I do the pads. No problems in 10 years. That Burb has 150,000 miles and only needed pads and rotors once.

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#4719456 - 04/07/18 12:45 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
Pelican Offline


Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 177
Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: pda1122
Just seeing how often you guys lube your brakes during the life of the pads/rotors. I usually never relube them but am rethinking I should every couple years or so. I live in a salt laden area and like to power wash the wheels during the winter when it gets warm enough to do so.


I have my brakes serviced every year in late spring to get rid of all the salt, I imagine the mechanic does lube them then, lubrication will keep the calipers from sticking and ruining you pads & rotors.


Edited by Pelican (04/07/18 12:47 PM)

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#4719476 - 04/07/18 01:15 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
If your in rust belt, yearly is best.

I also think it depends upon vehicle. Subaru yearly, Ford F250 not until brake pad replacement.


Edited by Donald (04/07/18 01:16 PM)
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#4719518 - 04/07/18 01:51 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
buck91 Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: West Michigan
If I suspect there is a sticky pin or dragging pad I will, but in the absence of symptoms they only get services when I am changing brakes.
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#4719537 - 04/07/18 02:09 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3485
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Every other year. Did it in 17 so next year. Brake fluid gets changed this spring.

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#4719607 - 04/07/18 03:20 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: Snagglefoot]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1232
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
That Burb has 150,000 miles and only needed pads and rotors once.


I generally relube everything when changing pads and/or rotors. My 2011 Fusion just cleared 120k and is still on the factory-original front pads and rotors, and burned thru the factory rear pads and rotors at 46k because of a sticky pin that caused severely uneven wear on the passenger rear rotor. The front pads still have over 25% of the original thickness left, and there is no grooving in the rotors. I'm kind of amazed at their performance, no need to drop extra dough on cryo-treated rotors on this car!

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#4719615 - 04/07/18 03:30 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3064
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Depending on how much driving you do per year, I would think ever 2-3 years would be good.
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#4719651 - 04/07/18 04:06 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
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Loc: North Carolina
Both cars have fixed calipers so...

Never.
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#4719769 - 04/07/18 05:53 PM Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122]
mightymousetech Offline


Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 1480
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: pda1122
Just seeing how often you guys lube your brakes during the life of the pads/rotors. I usually never relube them but am rethinking I should every couple years or so. I live in a salt laden area and like to power wash the wheels during the winter when it gets warm enough to do so.


I live in the region with the highest salt use in the world. If the brakes are not taken apart and cleaned/lubed at least once a year, you are going to have serious issues. I service the brakes on my Civic at least twice a year. BMW has fixed calipers fr and rr and it is not winter driven, so they only get done every couple of years.
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