« Last post by 67L48 on June 26, 2016, 02:35:46 PM »
Now I'm rethinking the replacement strategy. I pulled the wheels off the driver side of the car yesterday. The brakes looked great. A little dusty, but not bad. The colors of the springs were still visible. Pads were thick. All the lines looked great. Some of the hard lines had gunk on them, but the lines were solid, free of rust, looked new. The wheel cylinder actuated the pads just fine.
I got the car in 1989 with 34,000 original miles. I verified that brakes were changed in the early 1990s. So, as I suspected, the pads and components didn't decompose over 20,000 miles.
Maybe there's another reason to change the pads? Even though the pads are quite thick, should they still be replace due to age?
Right now, I'm thinking fluid and bleeding ... but I can still change components if that's necessary ... it's just that everything looked and moved great. I'll see if I can post pictures.