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Old 01-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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1st service - used '07 4 door

we took in the jeep this morning for the oil change, tire rotation-1st since we bought it in August- my service tech just called and said it needs rear brakes- it has about 25,000 miles and I said already?? and he said they see it alot with the wranglers- I assume he means earlier than most other type cars- it is a jeep dealership
just wondering if it's normal or not -he said they would be around $240

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Just the pads are $240? If you can do the work yourself or have a buddy help you can save a ton of cash. As for them going bad at 25k seems very short life span to me.

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I don't know anyone that knows about cars so they will do it for me- thanks for the tip though
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I can't think of any reason the rear pads on a Wrangler should wear any faster than the rear pads on any other vehicles with similar weight and driven under similar conditions. Maybe a caliper was dragging, if so it should be covered under the 3/36 warranty?

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You don't know the driving habits of the first owner. It could very well be that they needed to be done.

I have an '02 Tahoe (6200 lbs) and have 100k on the OEM brakes. I have a fairly aggressive driving style. Our '03 Saturn 4-door required front brakes at 45k. My wife is no where near as aggressive. The Saturn has a composite rotor and so they don't turn front rotors, they replace them.
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It could very well be that they needed to be done.
Indeed it could be that they needed to be done, that's what his dealer is saying. But if it was my Jeep I'd want to look at the pads myself to see that they actually needed replacement and if they did, I'd be questioning why the rears wore out before the fronts. I'd also want to compare the wear on the inner pad against the outer pad and compare them from side to side to evaluate whether or not it's plausible that a caliper is dragging.

But that's just me. Other people may just shrug it off and dig the $$$ out of their wallets and go on their merry way.
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It could be the e-brake is alittle sticky also and not fully releasing. It happened on a truck I had in the past..Just a idea.You might jack the rear and make sure they turn fairly free.
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i don't think there is much truth to the brake pad wear. i have 69k on my '05 and i have only had to change the brake pads once. my husband and i have had a few wranglers and we have never had any problems with them eating brake pads. i think either the dealer is taking you for a ride or the previous owner stopped a lot.
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thanks for all of the tips but i really trust this dealership and don't think they are trying to rip me off- I am making a note of when they were replaced and will see how long they last this time.
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Finding a shop or dealership you can trust is huge. Especially important if you're not going to do work yourself. It would be interesting to hear how the labor vs. materials break down once they complete the work.

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