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I'm planning on inspecting my brakes this weekend.
Here are some questions I got:
1) How worn out should the pads be when replacing them?
2) How can you tell if the rotors are in need of a replacement (bad/warped)?
3) When tightening the bolts on the calipers, my torque wrench has a lowest torque of 30 ft*lbs, which is higher than the required amount for the caliper bracket (20-25 ft*lbs). Can I just make sure that it's very tight and not worry about the torque for these bolts? I bought the torque wrench for the lug nuts.
4) When bleeding brakes, how do I disconnect the brake cable? Do I bleed 1 side at a time? When you say 5-6 pumps, do you mean leaving one brake cable disconnected and leaving a bucket under it, and pressing the brake pedal in the car 5-6 times? If I were to bleed the brakes for all 4 of them, does this mean pumping 4* 5 times = 20 times? Is it very necessary to bleed the brakes?
Thanks for the advice!