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Ask Smithy Xtra Hyundai Excel brake pads

The brake pedal in my daughter?s 1997 Hyundai Excel X3 has a lot of free-play. The front pads were replaced about 13,000 km ago and the master cylinder is full. How long should pads last? What else would be the problem?

On a small car like that I would expect the pads to last 40,000-50,000 km, so I wouldn’t expect the pads to be worn out yet. It could be that the disc rotors themselves need to be replaced. If the pedal is going too far down and feels like it’s not stopping the car very well I would get the brakes bled.

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