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Can my regular shop replace the front disk pads?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Pmacafee, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Pmacafee

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    I searched this forum but could not find anything about having another shop replace the front pads. I have my regular shop replace the tires when needed and the last time they pulled the wheels off, they said I needed brake pads but did not want to do it because a special tool was needed.
     
  2. jelloslug

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    Yes, the friction brakes are conventional and the pads can be changed by any mechanic.
     
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  3. mrElbe

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    They are regular Brembo brakes. Normal disc brake procedure. No special tool needed.
    1. Remove the 2 brake pad pins
    2. Gently push piston in
    3. Slide brake pad out.
     
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  4. Dakkor

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    Does anyone know the Brembo part numbers for pads and disc? I work for a Autopart supplier and we sell Brembo parts under our brand name... I have a huge discount so this would be nice to have..

    edit: not on Brembo website.. meh.
     
  5. JPP

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    ...curious, how many miles, what model, how do you drive, regen setting, etc...i don't know too many Tesla S owners replacing pads.
     
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  6. mrElbe

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    If I ever need new pads, I'll get them from RockAuto. They have listings for Economy to Performance, not Brembo though. I don't expect to replace pads soon as with Regen there is minimal usage.
     
  7. Dakkor

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    Usually it take 3-5 years for a model to be available at OEM Retailer. I work for Napa and Tesla is not listed yet.
     
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  8. mrElbe

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    But RockAuto has a full listing.
     
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    There are many options for brake pads for the Model S since it uses calipers that are common with many, many other cars. I'm sure that lots of the parts in the S are off the shelf parts that are readily available.
     
  10. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

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    Here is a video of the pads being changed on a car with the exact same type of Brembo calipers that are on the Model S:

     

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