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Old 03-31-2013, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a couple questions on disc brakes on 2012 SX4 sedan. The first is how many miles before they need changing, and the second is does Suzuki put on good brakes or crappy ones? All answers will be greatly welcome. Thanks guys.
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The first answer is - it depends - and the second answer is - better than most available after market products.

How long a set of brake (pads or rotors) will last will vary with the way the car is driven, city usage will typically require more braking than highway usage, and even then it will vary with the driving style.
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Good answer.

On my 2009 SX4, AWD, AT, I bought a new set of front brake pads at 38,000 miles, but did not put them on, because there was still some pad left before they would absolutely HAVE to be changed.

I traded off the car at just under 40, with the original pads still on the car and it stopped as well as on day one. I let the new pads go with the car. I never did put them on.

If you drive carefully, you should get at least 40k out of OEM pads. They are definitely NOT crap.

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thanks for the info, I wasn't sure about 4wheel disc. I know front disc..rear drum..usually have to do fronts twice before rear drums. not a heavy braker anyway.
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thanks for the info, I wasn't sure about 4wheel disc. I know front disc..rear drum..usually have to do fronts twice before rear drums. not a heavy braker anyway.
Rear drums? On an SX4.....I think not.
At least not on a 2009 or later.

Four wheel disk brakes has been the rule for quite a while.

It is true, however, that the front disk brakes are almost twice the size of the rear disk brakes.

My front disk brake calipers, the day I painted them RED.



The rear disk brake calipers. (much smaller than the fronts)

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sorry I misguided you, I meant that on other car models such as Chevy..Ford..etc. Wow! I guess front and back are different. Thank you.
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dft53,
I suspected as much, but since you and I are not having a personal conversation and there might be thousands of people reading this forum, some day, I thought I'd fill in some blanks.

It's not a stretch of the imagination that most of the Suzuki drivers on the road today have no idea what kind of brakes they have or what they look like.

At least if they read this forum, now they know.

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PS: If you want to paint your own brake calipers, may I suggest the Duplicolor High Temp RED. It worked well for the exhaust header heat shield too.
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North America seems to get disc brakes front and rear but I believe some of the Euro models have drum brakes on the rear. ------- Update= Rockauto.com shows replacement drums for the rear on some N American versions too! Learn something new every day!!!!!

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Well, by the time our grand kids are driving, Suzuki will be in the same category as Studebaker, DeSoto and Oldsmobile. Too soon forgotten.

So by then it won't make 2 cents worth of difference whether the back brakes are disk or drum. Eh?

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