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Was told by Les Scwabb when went in for tirefix that the rear brakes are completely gone needs pads rotors and calipers and shouldn't really drive it anywhere. Is this something u think I should trust? and should we worry about the front? this is a rwd drive car... And low on funds. Sons car!

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85% of your stopping power is in the front brakes, but the back brakes being in good condition do help reduce the amount of strain on the front brakes, this is a 4000 lb. car afterall.

As for the pads, they need changed often, but if there is more than 1/4 inch of pad left, there is no need to change them. You can easily see this by doing the following:
1. Open trunk and turn off the Air Suspension switch. (Usually right hand side wall.)
2. Jack up the car on the side you need to check.
3. Remove the wheel, and look at the brake pad inside of the caliper.
4. Replace the wheel, let the car off the the jack.
5. Turn the Air Suspension switch back on before going anywhere.

If the rear brakes grind, then that is the first indication you need to have the rotors replaced. If not, I would not worry about it too much. If it does continue to worry you, go to a different mechanic and get a second opinion. These tirefix places exist for one reason, to make money.

In normal operation, the calipers do not wear out unless the car has near 200,000 miles on it. This being said, there are other circumstances that can cause more wear. As with above, I doubt this is a problem for you, but if it continues to worry you, go and have it looked at for a second opinion.

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