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Doing a brake job myself help please

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Bheuring, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Bheuring

    Bheuring Member

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    I plan on attempting a break job this weekend .I also am thinking about painting the brake calipers. I have yet to find any instructions or videos on how to do this if anyone knows of any please send me a link. If I do not find any I may make a video of me doing this thanks for any help.
     
  2. Tam

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    I hope you have some training in auto mechanic as a brake job involves in the life and death related safety.
     
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  3. 182RG

    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    Some of us don't feel the need to run to the dealer for everything service related. Brakes are probably a 3 out of 10 in complexity.
     
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  4. Bheuring

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    I have done a couple. Just changing the pads. I have some close friends that are willing to help.Going to call the local service center today see how hard it will be.
    I had my fingers crossed for a diy video but so far no luck.
     
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    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    The brakes are standard Brembos, common across multiple vehicles.

    Apparently, the fronts are the same as a Mitsubishi Evo 8, and the rear are the same as a Cadillac CTS. I wouldn't fool with the local service center for parts.
     
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  6. Bheuring

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    Thanks just wasn't sure if I would have to do anything deffrent when it comes to compressing the caliper
     
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    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    Access to a service manual sure would be handy, huh?
     
  8. Bheuring

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    Yes I agree
    yes I agree please
     
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    Are you upgrading or just replacing with the same or equivalent ? I ask because I am at 142k miles and my brake pads still look brand new with tons of pad left. I have a hard time believing brake pads need replacement unless you love riding your brakes for some reason...
     
  11. Bheuring

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    I am at 45,000 but they just started grinding .
    142 is sweet. I talked to another guy who was a 100,000 on his first set.
     
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    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Why not bring it to Tesla and get it done under warranty?
     
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    I was wondering how long it would take, I didn't think it would be the first reply though!

    ah TMC... the only car forum on the internet that is outright hostile towards car enthusiasts.

    Go look at the forums for ANY other car, and most of the content is on how to modify the car. This forum? you suggest modifying anything and you're instantly told that it's illegal and it'll kill you.

    The only approved topic to discuss around here is how great Elon is and whether the next version will include your desired change (because changing it yourself is "illegal", "immoral", and "kills baby seals"...)
     
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    You might want to check to see if a pebble is in a caliper. With the regenerative braking I would expect a lot more than 45,000 miles on the pads.
     
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  15. 182RG

    182RG Free The Service Manuals From Tyranny

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    RockAuto. They list the Tesla S and have pads. Looks like the Cadillac CTS is good for front and rear fitment.
     
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    My pads required replacement at 55,000 miles. I have cold regen limit for at least 1/3 of my driving. (Winter). I accellerate quickly and need to slow down quickly at times.

    Good luck.
     
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    Dot4 fluid has a shelf life of 5 years so all 2013 models should at least have their brakes bled.
     
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  18. Bheuring

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    Thanks for the info now .I just need to figure out how to bleed the brakes (not sure if I have to do something special )because off it being a tesla my leaf was no different.
     
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    lol is that the new way of saying you're an extremely aggressive driver?
     
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    Yes, I drive aggressively. Few cars pass me.
     

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