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2005 Pontiac Montana brakes wear out 3-4 times a year have replaced calibers and rotors still wearing out. please help

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If you are using ceramic brake pads instead of semi-metalic you will wear out you rotors quickly
replace your brake pads with semi-metalic ones

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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You know this is hard to believe. Brake pads should go at least 40,000 even on the front. Calipers should last about 10 to 12 years. That's my record for 46 years running.I wish I had the vehicle and time to review this with you. Start from 05 and discribe every brake issues and EXACTLY what was done and why/

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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