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Uneven Brake Pad Wear

well today i had to change my driver side brake pads and rotor b/c some how the brake pad was completely shot... since i had a new set of brake pads i changed the passenger side also and it still had a lot of life left to it...

which leave me wondering what could cause the driver side to wear so much faster?

P.S my brake pads were less then a year old and had about 15,000 on them and only 8,000 of those were prbly from my 33's rest were my stock tires.
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Mine did that too when I changed them last week, Driver's side was almost metal to metal, and passenger still had 65% life left
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Mine did that too when I changed them last week, Driver's side was almost metal to metal, and passenger still had 65% life left

lucky you caught it mine was metal to metal and screwed my rotor up lol must be a ranger thing....
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messed up caliper would be my guess or froze up slides...or to much rust build up where the pads ride and they are binding and staying in place..
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x2 zach. EVERY TIME YOU DO BRAKES. you must clean and lube the guide pins, make sure the caliper compresses with no hard spots in it, and remove the stainless steel guides on the cradle and clean them and clean under them and put a light coat of anti sieze on both sides when you put them back together. this is the most overlooked step when doing an "in the driveway" brake job
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my pads on the '05 are wearing very evenly. I bought the truck with 22,000 and have am up to 48,000 on the same pads (at 22k they didn't look recently messed with). Been running my 31's for the last 10,000 miles or so. I have a set of pads to throw on it whenever I get time, just for a little better squeeze. Make sure you lubricate AND clean all the sliding surfaces well.

If you have an issue with a certain side wearing more, it could possibly be the previous owner messed with them. If the caliper has been off and someone used vice grips or something similar to the rubber line, it will make sort of a 'check valve' in the rubber line and can hold some pressure on the pads. It'd be wise to make sure nothing is binding, and closely look at the rubber lines, you may or may not see signs of someone doing the damage..
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yes to many people just "pad slap it" and think its fine...
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Yep, what they said...

Most of the time its due to a caliper frozen.. or rusted up / gunked up hardware

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well thanks ill take a look and see what i can lube up.
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most good brake pads sets will include new stainless retainers. if not clean them with a wire wheel or wire brush. also inside some of the pistons there is a coating that will break off and now allow the pad to sit evenly. take the sliders out and wire wheel the corrosion off them and lube them good and re-install. make sure everything moves freely before putting the caliepr back on and check to see if it rotates smooth. i do enough brakes at work that it becomes second nature to just take the sliders out and clean em up and replace if we can the retainers and clean under them.

either way, if one side of the truck or one pad is wearing more than the other the caliper is hanging up.
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I checked my brakes a few weeks back, all pads were about half used, except the inside driver pad, which was brand new, and the rotor was all rusty on that side, never been touched by a pad.

I had siezed pins. Nothing would get them out. So my brake inspection turned into new rotors, new pads, new bearings (2wd here, so it was cheap to do anyways) and new calipers.

What should have been a free inspection by myself turned into a $250 saturday afternoon. I didn't think I had braking problems until I felt how well my truck brakes now. I now realize how bad it was.


I got 70,000 miles out of those old calipers.
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my truck had the stock calipers at 117k when i bought it.. lets just say i didnt even look at them there is a new set on there now...
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