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Old 07 Jun 2004, 01:14 pm
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Default Brakes? Rotors below normal width?

I have 22,000 exactly and the dealer says I need to get rotors replaced, why? They said they are below normal size on width, how could that be? Also that my pads are paper thin?

Any help please!!
I need to know the car is goind into service soon but I can still cancel within time.

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Old 07 Jun 2004, 01:24 pm
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Brake life seems to vary significantly from person to person but remember that the PT is a heavy little car. The rotors are thin and don't have much material to burn off before they are too thin to turn. Most folks are able to get one turning out of their factory rotors but if the pads are paper thin now, you could have deep-sixed the rotors also.

Cars with automatics seem to be harder on the brakes since they have less engine braking and the transmission doesn't downshift soon enough to allow the engine to help much.

For the non-GT there are ceramic brake pads that will work without the brake dust and after market rotors that should stand up better than the factory stuff.
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Old 07 Jun 2004, 01:59 pm
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Thanks for the info but what about rotors?

I know the auto pt with only front disks eats brake pads but rotors?
Does anyone know the minimum thickness of the rotors? Why would they have never been touch before and now need to be replaced? WTF?
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Thanks for the info but what about rotors?

I know the auto pt with only front disks eats brake pads but rotors?
Does anyone know the minimum thickness of the rotors? Why would they have never been touch before and now need to be replaced? WTF?
The minimum thickness is spec'ed.

As for why they are thinner: Rotors wear out. Whenever you apply the brakes the rotor wears down the pads, and the pads wear down the rotors. And if any bits of grit get caught between the rotor and the pad there may be scoring.

Whenever you get new pads, you should also get the rotors resurfaced ("Turned": machined down to a clean smooth surface) eventually the rotor will be too thin to be safe.

Most shops will tend to err on the side of caution as improper brake performance can lead to problems with sheet metal, front crushables and the need to replace the airbags.



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Well thats basically what they said to me on the phone. Still dosen't seem right to me?
Thanks for the info.

i guess I have to get used to the car wearing out the rotors all much as the brakes.
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Old 07 Jun 2004, 06:22 pm
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Minimum thickness is cast on the rotors. For 2001 PTs it's .842 inches.

King, I thought we wentr over all this on PT cruiserWorld a few months ago.

http://ptcw.truckmoxie.com/forums/to...pos=2&id=50374
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Had to replace rotors on my 01 Limited at 28,000 miles and the pads were only half gone. Rotors were so thin couldn't turn them had to replace.
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I agree with Michael Day. Go aftermarket - better rotors & get ceramic pads.
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Minimum thickness is cast on the rotors. For 2001 PTs it's .842 inches.

King, I thought we wentr over all this on PT cruiserWorld a few months ago.

http://ptcw.truckmoxie.com/forums/to...pos=2&id=50374
Yeah, I do remeber all this stuff mentioned before. I really did think that taking my car in for a free 16 point check would result in a 481 bill later.

I shoud have walked but didn't know what to do. I should have gotten the better parts and got another shop to install them.
At least now I know where I screwed up and next time I can replace them with higher quality stuff.

They told me they wouldn't warranty anyother parts. I really didn't think the rotors would be bad this soon and had only bought pads. I will next time be more prepared and have the better parts.
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They told me they wouldn't warranty anyother parts.
Brakes aren't under warranty anyway - or else you wouldn't pay to have new ones. [xx(]
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