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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
#6713 of 8984 vanbo57 - brakes
Apr 09, 2003 (4:50 am)
That does seem very strange that the rear brakes are wearing out faster than the fronts. I have a 95SE 5-speed and didn't need to replace the fronts until 90,000 miles and the rears until 105,000 miles. Never needed the rotors resurfaced. I do a fair amount of highway driving, but I don't "engine brake" using the clutch.
What the hell did Nissan do between 1995 and 2001 to the brake design?? They seem to have gone form some of the best in the business to needing to issue TSB's and perform warranty repairs. Really makes me wonder if the new 2004 US made Maxima will only be a shadow of it's former build quality.
Apr 09, 2003 (7:15 am)
where did you find the instructions for the microfilter? is there a web-site for all repairs?THANKS
#6715 of 8984 STAINLEES DOOR SILL PLATES
Apr 09, 2003 (7:18 am)
i just ordered new sill plates for my 03 max...does anyone know how to change them out? do the original equipment ones just "pop-out"?THANKS
Apr 09, 2003 (8:04 am)
A few possible causes of the rear brake wear:
1. 75% of the time I bring my car anywhere for service, they tell me my brakes need replacing. Since I check this often and do my own brake jobs, I know they are lying 90% of the time. Whenever I hear that a shop told someone they need brakes, I am very suspicious. If you can, check them yourself or have someone you trust check them.
2. Maybe the rear rotors are a little warped, too.
3. Misadjusted/partially engaged parking brake.
4. Misadjusted proportioning valve.
Apr 09, 2003 (9:27 am)
Dgraves.... i am one that would very much like to check my own brakes/rotors, after being "taken" a few times, but have no experience in doing so..
can you tell me what tools i need to meassure the thickness of the pads.. and how would i be able to tell if the rotors are warped... etc..
i'm sure there's a few of us on here that wouldnt mind checking our own brakes/doing maintance, but need a lil push/guidance towards the right direction... thanks
Apr 09, 2003 (10:38 am)
When you get the new ones, you'll see how they are attached (by looking at the back of them).
It's a simple press and fit operation and the stainless steel ones look very nice!
Just cover the blade of your screw driver with a rag before you pry out the old ones to avoid scratching your paint.
Apr 09, 2003 (12:50 pm)
kyleknicks - Inspecting the pads is pretty simple. You can probably peer through the openings in your wheel and see the outside pads. If they look too thin (less than 1/8 inch, some would say 1/4 inch), then they need replacing. If they look OK, you still need to check the inside pads. This will usually require removing the wheel to get a good look. The only real way to check for run out of the rotors is to take them off and bring them to a brake shop to check.
Replacing pads is pretty simple. Here is a generic article on how to do it:
If you actually want to do it, I recommend getting a repair manual for your car. Something like a Haynes or Chilton manual is usually good enough for most people (about $15). I like getting the factory manuals but they are typically quite expensive ($100-200).
Model specific boards like www.maxima.org often have a lot of "how-to" articles on how to do certain things on specific models.
Apr 09, 2003 (2:47 pm)
P100 or anyone else...
How does Zip Car Wash compare to Nu Finish Car Wash? I don't want to get to the point of having to use touch up paint on the 2004 Maxima!
Apr 09, 2003 (3:04 pm)
Man, I really had to slam on the brakes today on my way back from lunch. I noticed that the pedal seems to travel down farther and get a little squishy when you really jam on the binders. It did stop me in time though and the brakes seem fine after.
#6722 of 8984 RE: Microfilter
Apr 09, 2003 (4:45 pm)
Bobfeld: I got the link I posted from someone else-it's already been posted under #5968.
Brymil: I don't know how long the installation takes-my wife's '01 Maxima will need the job done in the next year and then I'll find out. Let me know what you find if you do the job yourself.