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Old 01-27-2001, 06:11 PM
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I've got a 94 E320 wagon. I recently (2,000 miles ago) put EBC "green stuff" pads on the car so that I could stop washing my front wheels every other brake application. Before I put the pads on I noticed that my front rotors were exhibiting symptoms of warpage; it didn't get any better with the new pads (although the new pads put out very little dust and stop the car very well). I had to take my car to the dealer for some warranty work today so I asked them to check and replace my front rotors if necessary; they said they'd only replace the rotors if they also replaced the pads. I told them no, I like my new pads (and they cost $80). They're now checking with their service manager to see if they can replace the rotor without the pads. I don't understand how the pads could have anything to do with rotors warping. If the dealer won't do it my way I'll take it somewhere else where they will, unless somebody out there can enlighten me as to why it would be necessary to replace the pads at the same time as the rotors. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 01-27-2001, 06:22 PM
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I think pad replacement at a dealer is SOP when replacing rotors. (May be a warranty type issue). At any rate, tell them you just put them in and want to keep them. If not ask why not.
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Old 01-28-2001, 01:38 PM
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Jeff:

Thanks, I agree with you. The dealer has already confirmed that it is not a warranty item, and I had assumed such from the beginning. I think they just automatically do them both and probably haven't had anybody question them about it in the past. Anyway, I'll find out Monday when the service manager comes in (car's in the shop until they get the parts in to fix my front seat electric adjustment system under warranty). At this point I'd just as soon they didn't do anything if that's the way they are going to treat me. I'll take the money I'd spend with them, buy some better rotors, and put them on myself. I was going to have them do it primarily as a convenience to me.

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