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Hi Scotty, 

 

I love the channel and follow your videos closely. Thank you for your straight forward and honest approach to the mechanics and workings of everything automotive.

Today I am reaching out to you in regards to Les Schwab‘s brake service. I have a 2019 Ford F350 4 x 4 with 90 K and with the 6.7L Diesel. This is a fleet vehicle assigned to me by my company, and recently I was instructed to take it to Les Schwab for a brake service. We were taking them to the dealer for all service and maintenance, but with dealer shortages and slow turnaround times they began looking for alternatives.

After the inspection at Les Schwab they informed us that a all-around brake job was needed, which I could sense in driving the vehicle. (Brakes would shake the steering wheel on a downgrade slope and took extra effort when coming to a stop) What I found surprising was that they not only replaced the pads, resurfaced the rotors but also replaced the calipers with remanufactured aftermarket brand asbestos. that seemed strange to me because any brake job that I have had in the past the pistons were pressed back into calipers and we’re only replaced if there was an issue with the caliper. What is your thoughts on this, and is this something we should request them not to do in the future? 

 

 

 

This topic was modified 1 month ago by MarvD17
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It is faster and more profitable for the shop to swap out calipers for rebuilts rather than blow the pistons out of the old ones and replace the large O ring and dust boot.

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Posted by: @marvd17

What is your thoughts on this, and is this something we should request them not to do in the future? 

Well, if you did not have issues with the calipers, there is no need to replace them. Have you asked them why they changed?

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Posted by: @marvd17

aftermarket brand asbestos.

Raybestos

Posted by: @marvd17

we’re only replaced if there was an issue with the caliper.

They do wear out eventually. Maybe they saw uneven pad wear which could indicate sticking calipers.

Or maybe they're taking you to the cleaners. Only someone who inspects it themselves will know for sure.

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