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# 136423 26-Nov-2013 20:19
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I went for my warrant yesterday.  As usual before I go, I check the obvious things like tyre tread, lights, horn, wipers and brake pads.

I didn't watch while the inspection was being done and when the inspection was completed the inspector made a comment about the brake pads getting down a bit. Yes, I knew that, I had looked at them myself prior to the inspection, but there still looked to be at least an 1/8" between the disk and the backing plate.  He didn't say it had failed and I presumed it had passed.

When I arrived home I noticed the old sticker was still on the window, I took a closer look at the report and sure enough he had failed it, stating the front pads needed replacement.  I didn't have time to go back and discuss it there and then.  Today I decided to take a closer look at the old pads. They had at least 3.5 mm of meat left on them, measured with a caliper.  I debated whether or not to put them back on, but as I had new set on the shelf I fitted the new ones.

My question, if anyone can help, is: What are the legal requirements for brake pads?  I've certainly worn them down much more than this in the past and replaced them when the wear indicator starts to make a noise.

I can't help feeling I have been the victim of a zealous inspector.  Judging by the amount wear on the pads and previous experience I would have expected another 12 months or so of use before they needed replacement.

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  # 941763 27-Nov-2013 14:22
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I am a mechanic and I can tell you that it is generally considered that if the pads are any less than 3mm then they should replaced, however that has nothing to do with a WOF inspection as far as I know if it passes the brake test it is of WOF standard and should pass.
The reason that you cannot make pad thickness a regulation is that some cars it is hard to see clearly
what thickness they are so would require removal of the pads for proper measurement this would be totally unreasonable.

It is up to the owner to keep the car in safe WOF condition and the inspector can only access it at the time, having said that a lot of the rules are open to interpretation and the inspector is personally liable for it and signs on the dotted line but a warning in this case would have covered the inspectors


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