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Good day.I'm hoping someone is able to assist me. I purchased a
Ford B-Max in December 2015. The vehicle has driven 34000 kms and
requires new brake pads as well as discs. Is this normal at
34000kms?
 

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I don't know what 'normal' might be but at 20k miles I've 60% front pad wear and a significant lip on the brake discs - and I'm a very light braker ! - so early next year I'll be renewing pads and discs. By comparison on a big old 4x4 I did 100k miles with no problem with the discs just normal pad wear. It'll be interesting to see what other members say.
 

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Hi,
Just had my first service at 2,250 miles (yes I am doing a fraction of the mileage that I did before I retired), and the service report states '10% Front pad wear' and the Front discs on '22.78mm - (SMT 21)'. Firstly does anyone know what the 'SMT' stands for?
Secondly it seems remarkably precise measurement on the vehicle to measure to 0.01mm (0.4 thou), as a micrometer would be very inconvenient to use under the wheelarch/vehicle. Assuming it's correct does anyone know what the starting dimension is?
The whole exercise of non-asbestos braking sytstems is a well known area of high wear, so 20,000 or so miles is not unusual in these days for any vehicle to require the dread disc change. The discs appear to be subject to high corrosion rates (pitting and rusting) and these combined effects, together with the modern materials of the pads, give miniscule disc lives compared to the sort of mileage us older drivers were brought up with.

Geri

Edited by: Geriatricus
 

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Standard Measurement Technique (I think)

My first service after 8500 miles showed 8% pad wear.
 

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I am on 80,000km and have been advised that I will need my first pad change in the next 10-20,000km but I do a lot of motorway driving and tend to be a gentle braker...
 

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Thank you for your response, I also do a lot of motorway driving so I'm not sure why my discs are damaged?
 

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Not sure about you but my motorway driving on the M32 involves more braking than on any other roads
 

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Hi, my b max is now 3 years old and 40000 km under the belt. I just had front brakes (disks and pads) replaced. The cost for doing this was about GBP 400.. If you had yours changed is be very interested in knowing how much it cost?
 

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I had mine changed last month for the first time at 82000km (due to a crack found in a pad during a service) for a cost of 400‚¬

I need to confirm if it was pads and discs but I think it was both.
 

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Ok just wanted to compare costs in different countries, I live in luxembourg and my cost was roughly the same. And I find it pretty expensive! Danke!
 

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I have been driving 30+ years - and was told I had to replace the brake pads and discs on my 2 1/2 year old B-Max at 17,000 miles. Not covered by Warranty because it is "Wear and tear" - never happened before and I believe something is not up to standard with these brake pads - cost to replace was £310. I had a conversation with Fords and they just went back to the garage and said same - it is wear and tear - no way - I drive to station and back - this car is not heavily used. I do not brake that hard.
 

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i have just had my mot done after 23000mls and they said i needed new disc and pads on the front, i thought the garage were trying to con me its a good job i didn't have a barny with them as they have always been good, so it seems your all getting no joy from fords as ive always had fords this might be my last
 

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Just had my first MOT at 28,500 miles and been told that my front pads are only 20% worn. 2.2mm on my front tyres, so I will replace them at 30k. Rear tyres have loads of tread still.

Obviously the way one drives will impact on tyres and brakes, but I still think that some garages are less than honest about the need for early replacement of pads and disks.
 

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Just had my first MOT at 28,500 miles and been told that my front pads are only 20% worn. 2.2mm on my front tyres, so I will replace them at 30k. Rear tyres have loads of tread still.

Obviously the way one drives will impact on tyres and brakes, but I still think that some garages are less than honest about the need for early replacement of pads and disks.
Very similar story to my bmax at the 3 year point.
 

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Don't forget that short journeys with minimal braking causes rust to build up on brake discs and that can be the downfall of relatively "new" pads and discs.
 
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