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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Should brakes look like this after 25k miles?

Hi all- my wife and I just bought a 2014 trailhawk from carmax with 25,xxx miles. I had to take off the front passenger wheel to get better access to replace the fog light, and saw the brakes looking like they have been through a world war. Do the outside edges of the rotors look excessively rusted for a car with 25k miles or am I off my rocker? We even brought it to an independent mechanic after carmax's "inspection" and his recommendation was to replace brakes and calipers. Carmax is going to take a look at it next week but I feel like they will have a much different assessment of the condition of the brakes...

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Where are you located, or since that is a Carmax vehicle, any idea where it used to live?

I'm not a brake expert, and I live in the mostly salt-free South, but that is a lot of nasty in those photos. How do the pads and calipers look? I can see how the calipers would be okay unless they are severely rusted, too. If any fluid bled out of the calipers doesn't look bad, I'd probably not be concerned about the calipers.

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Your pads are shot and I would change the rotors too. If you look, the pad isn't coming in full contact with the rotor. The rotor side surfaces, shinny side, should have no surface rust after being driving, and mild surface rust if not driven for a couple days. In the picture you can see about .5" from the end is rusted pretty bad, so something is wrong.

CarMax didn't do a brake inspection on this car, because that should of been easily noticeable from looking at it with the rim on.


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Looks like a Taxi at 30k. Obviously from snow country. Carmax judges by remaining Pad mm.
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That's pretty nasty. Have you checked body and other components for rust?
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Given some jeep owners penchant for driving on the beach in their trail hawks, I'd say it's par for the course. Sea salt, road salt. That's what happens to the untreated steel and iron on a vehicle. It looks like every vehicle my dad owned when I was growing up in southern Ontario
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Given some jeep owners penchant for driving on the beach in their trail hawks, I'd say it's par for the course. Sea salt, road salt. That's what happens to the untreated steel and iron on a vehicle. It looks like every vehicle my dad owned when I was growing up in southern Ontario
Especially for something under your control, you should wash after any type of excsurion that can deposit crud in the suspension and undercarriage. More frequent washes when you are driving on treated roads, etc.

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Hello, and welcome to the forum!

Those look pretty bad. I would definitely be having a conversation with Carmax, before the 7 day return policy ends.

Seconding what @Rojhan said, after our Assateague Island trip, I washed my car three times within 24 hours. There was also an additional hose down about 15 minutes after leaving the beach as well!

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That Jeep should have never been sold with brakes in that poor of condition. I have had brake rotors with over 100,000 miles that looked new by comparison. I would demand that they perform a complete brake job or return the Jeep. You should also carefully look for rust anywhere else also. If it looks bad, return it while you can. Caveat emptor; Buyer beware!
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I would say that's pretty severe salt damage if it wasn't a flood vehicle with a clean title due to an insurance company mistake like USAA had a few years ago.
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