Here's the scoop:
You all know I had tire balancing problems. On last rotation & balance (1000 miles ago), my trustworthy shop said I had a little less than 50% left on my front pads. Shop w/ the hunter balancing machine didn't make any mention of needing brakes 3 weeks later.
Yesterday, (a subsequent 2 weeks) I had my ball joints replaced under the recall. Toyota dealer says I have 3/32 left on the front pads & recommends replacement. Says that last 1 or 2 32nds goes really quick & will eat into the rotors if I don't get them done soon. I tell them no & now need to go back to my trustworthy shop to have 'em rechecked, as I don't trust the dealer (major issue w/ them not doing work for a friend, but charging him).
Problem is, I went to high school w/ the tech @ the Toyota dealer AND he's brother-in-law w/ the trustworthy shop owner. I don't know who's zooming who @ this point & I don't have time to deal w/ it myself.
How many miles do you guys typically get out of your front pads - OEM?
Mommy drives it every day & is fairly hard on the brakes. We used to only get 20k on pads in our Explorer prior to this.
Thanks for your comments!