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post #1 of 6 Old 02-22-2018, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question How Much Life is Left on These Brakes? Where is limit line marker?

I just picked up a 2014 Wee2 with 6500 miles on it now and am looking things over to make sure all is well. I'm new to all of this, but have done extensive car related work on my own vehicles.

I wanted to run this by you guys because in the owner's manual it just states:
"Brake pads not to be worn down to the limit line"

But where is the limit line in these pics?

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In theory, the "line" is a groove that's right at the base next to the backing plate. In your pictures there is a short groove visible in several - I think that is it. Those look fine to me; brand new pads are not that thick to begin with. I would say as long as you have around 1 mm you're ok.

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Most brake pads these days have a groove down the middle as seen in this picture.. Pads should be replaced before/when that groove disappears due to wear. All of your pics appear to be looking at the ends of the brake pads.. Look at the pad from the side... Another way to tell if if your brake fluid level. If your brake fluid is very low, you've either got a fluid leak or your pads are very worn.
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Your pads are almost new. They will have a long time until they are worn out, so don't worry about them for now.
Next time when you need to take the wheels off to replace the tires inspect and maybe measure remaining pad thickness. Not sure how thick the new ones are (maybe 6mm??, google??) but that will also tell you what percentage of the pads are remaining.
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Your pads are almost new. They will have a long time until they are worn out, so don't worry about them for now.
Next time when you need to take the wheels off to replace the tires inspect and maybe measure remaining pad thickness. Not sure how thick the new ones are (maybe 6mm??, google??) but that will also tell you what percentage of the pads are remaining.
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Most new brake pads sit at around 4-5mm material, probably closer to 4mm. Your pads are basically brand new.

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Awesome, thanks all.
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