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When should I expect to change my front pads?
30k miles, 40k miles, or when?
I am right at the 30k mile mark and I am wondering should I change my pads. What is the life expectancy for the oem pads? In all honesty, I haven't kept a car long enough to change the pads. Since 1995 I haven't kept a car for any more than 25k miles. Well, except for my 2000 Impreza RS. I managed to get over 36k on it. I am really considering a complete upgrade to the Subaru 4 pots anyway but there may be others who are wondering about the life of the oem pads also. What have you guys found on this?
 

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My OEM pads were still legal at the state inspection last summer at about 60k miles. Inspector said they were getting close. They're on my list of springtime chores.
 

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yelnats_J said:
When should I expect to change my front pads?
30k miles, 40k miles, or when?
When they're worn out. Sorry, just had to say it. I'm at 40K and actually the rears appear to be lower than the fronts but they do start a lot thinner though. Actually, if you look at the fronts with the wheels on, you can see the pad wear.
 

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yelnats_J said:
When should I expect to change my front pads?
30k miles, 40k miles, or when?
A trusted mechanic has told me my front oem pads are almost gone at around 20,000 miles which was very disappointing to me. On my Odyssey I got almost 40,000 out of the oem, and almost 50,000 out of the replacements. I am accustommed to getting much more than 20,000. Glad to see others are getting more life out of theirs.
 

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If you like the utmost in performance, then replace your pads when they are 50-60% worn. If you like decent performance, and want to save a buck (that's me!), then wait until the noismakers start squealing. I think there are noismakers on there, but I can't be certain, since I have 60k miles on the original pads. :D I check the pad thickness at every tire rotation.
 

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On my 00 Impreza I changed the front pads for the 1st time at ~ 60K miles. Now my FXT has 55K and the front pads recently started making that high pitch noise. Mind you I drive my car pretty spiritedly, so my 55K could easily be 65K with a more calm driving habbits.
 
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