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I just got done yesterday setting up/laying up my 96 Cutlass for the winter, which will not be driven up here in CT until next April, probably. I replaced my refurbished 5 spokes with a very used set of sawblades and 15 year old snow tires. They still hold air so they will do while the car is under a cover until the spring.

What I noticed though, the rear pads have an incredible amount of wear on them already, these pads are only less than 20,000 miles old (!). I am resigned to the fact they are going to need to be replaced next Spring. I guess that's probably normal for the rears.

Is there any possibility on getting a larger rotor/caliper set up installed for the rear discs? These rear discs just seem awfully small for a 3300 pound car.

Thanks, any braking tips/upgrade advise would be appreciated, this car brakes terrible.

 

 

 

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Most 1G W braking issues can probably be traced back to a shitty brake booster. A 96 already has the largest factory brakes fitted to the rear. I used to be able to lock up the brakes on command in my '90 LE, so I'm gonna assume the brake size isn't the problem. 

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Excess pad wear isn't likely from small rotors unless you're making a habit of flying down hill on mountain roads, or racing.  It's probably from sticking calipers.  It might be from rotors with a poor surface finish.  Could be CHEAP PADS.  Maybe a hydraulic problem, where the fluid can't return to the master cylinder reservoir so the pads are held against the rotor.

I've never had '96-style calipers apart.  I've pulled '92--'93 calipers apart.  They've got a bad reputation, but I think the "real" problem with them is lack of using the park brake.  Unfortunately, my '98 Monte Carlo is drum rear.  It's amazing how much GM de-contented the W from first-gen to second-gen.

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Thanks, I'll go with the cheap pads idea, man they really shedded their skin on me. The rotors were replaced when I sunk all that dough into making the car right and driveable 2 years ago. This car has been GREAT. I will sorely miss driving it while it is laid up for the winter. No issues with the intake manifold gaskets. Yet.

Next spring I may get the front end rebuilt as the lower control arms, etc were rusty when I got the car and that was 2 years and 20,000 miles ago. That's 20,000 miles that didn't go on my truck, preserving the warrantee. A total win.

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Before you go to the effort of replacing the pads in a blind manner, find out why both of the present rear pads have worn out in such a short time. A single side worn pads suggests a possible seizing of the caliper/caliper pins but both of them aggressively wearing makes me think the parking brake is holding on.

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