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Old 09-08-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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brake calipers on 2010 camaro?

I have 22k miles on my 2010 camaro.. and the brakes were grinding. so i took it in to a brake shop and they said my pads were worn down.. they also said that my calipers were aluminum and i should replace them because the aluminum ones wear down the pads faster. is there any truth to this.. and has anyone else had their breaks grinding at only 20k miles?

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Old 09-08-2011, 02:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like they r trying to pull one over on you. The calipers shouldn't need replacing.

As far as pads go, depending on you driving style is when they r gonna need replacing.


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Old 09-08-2011, 02:33 PM   #3
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20k is a bit soon, but how aggressive do you drive? Are you one to slam on the brakes more often then coasting and then gently braking?

Performance brake pads wear down quicker than regular pads. So that's no something unusual or new. I've never heard the comment about aluminum calipers though. Seems a bit shady to me
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
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Brake pads yes... cal NO....................
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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I have 80K miles on my car and the pads are fine.

It sounds like your shop is low on work.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:11 PM   #6
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If they were grinding, I'd wonder more about the condition of your rotors than the calipers. Calipers should last the life of the car, normally.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #7
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:26 PM   #8
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If they were grinding, I'd wonder more about the condition of your rotors than the calipers. Calipers should last the life of the car, normally.
Strongly agree here. This is why I only go to the Chevy dealer (Impala and Camaro) or reputable speed shop (Camaro).
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #9
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I have 22k miles on my 2010 camaro.. and the brakes were grinding. so i took it in to a brake shop and they said my pads were worn down.. they also said that my calipers were aluminum and i should replace them because the aluminum ones wear down the pads faster. is there any truth to this.. and has anyone else had their breaks grinding at only 20k miles?

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Were they actually grinding or just squealing? Grinding would normally mean the wear indicators were rubbing the rotors signaling "time for new brakes". Grinding from wear indicators would happen at all speeds every time you apply the brakes.

A high pitched squeal is just a vibration - annoying but not really a problem. Brake squeal is often intermittent and usually occurs at low speeds.

It is possible (albeit unlikely) that you need new pads, but the caliper material doesn't affect brake wear since the pads only wear against the rotors.


I'm guessing that you were quoted a pretty high number for the repairs. I suggest you get a 2nd opinion before doing anything.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:03 PM   #10
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I would pull the pads myself and regrease the bolts and stuff. My jeeps brakes where squeeling for awhile until I regreased everything. If you live close enough I'll help you out. No one should have to pay to have brakes done they are way to easy to work on.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:02 AM   #11
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um your calipers should not need replacing. If they do then i would tell them it should be under a factory warranty because of the low miles.
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