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How often do you lube brakes? #4719398
04/07/18 11:40 AM
04/07/18 11:40 AM
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pda1122 Offline OP
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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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Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719404
04/07/18 11:44 AM
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Would never even consider doing that - only when changing pads.


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Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719412
04/07/18 11:52 AM
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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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Re: How often do you line brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719415
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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.

Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719418
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I clean and lube the calipers every three years. Helps prevent a stuck caliper.


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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719427
04/07/18 12:16 PM
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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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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719452
04/07/18 12:40 PM
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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.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719456
04/07/18 12:45 PM
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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.

Last edited by Pelican; 04/07/18 12:47 PM.
Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719476
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If your in rust belt, yearly is best.

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

Last edited by Donald; 04/07/18 01:16 PM.

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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719518
04/07/18 01:51 PM
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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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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719537
04/07/18 02:09 PM
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Every other year. Did it in 17 so next year. Brake fluid gets changed this spring.

Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4719607
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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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!

Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719615
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Depending on how much driving you do per year, I would think ever 2-3 years would be good.


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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719651
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Both cars have fixed calipers so...

Never.


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Re: How often do you lube brakes? [Re: pda1122] #4719769
04/07/18 05:53 PM
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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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