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Technically, the highway is the one place not to do that sort of thing, but exit ramps don't always allow that to happen.

In reality, you should be pulling onto the exit lane at highway speed so as not to obstruct traffic. The same goes for entering the highway: you need to be up to highway speed before you enter the flow of traffic.

The problem is, in order to make every exit/entrance ramp long enough to accommodate that without hard braking or acceleration, the government would have to spend millions extra acquire land as well as build the extra lane length. However, this would potentially save money in road expansion and repairs that result from congestion and accidents that occur near exits and entrances.

It's the same reason I oppose truck lanes on hills. They never extend far enough over the crest of a hill for trucks to get back up to speed. The result is, they have to move back into traffic before they are back up to the speed of traffic.

The better system is to add a passing lane for faster traffic that would generally be smaller vehicles that can move in and out of the lane as needed. Then the trucks can simply remain in the right lane the entire way and you don't need extra lane length for them to speed up before merging.
I don't do it if someone is right behind me.
Nor do I slow early on red lights for that matter if someone is on my butt.
I usually do highway exits at 1AM when I'm typically traveling to or from my cabin for the weekend.

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I don't do it if someone is right behind me.
Nor do I slow early on red lights for that matter if someone is on my butt.
I usually do highway exits at 1AM when I'm typically traveling to or from my cabin for the weekend.
You're nicer than I am.

If someone is on my butt, I set the cruise at exactly the speed limit and not 1 MPH more. That way, I'm driving as fast as I'm legally allowed to go, but slower than I normally go so my stopping distance is reduced on the off chance something goes wrong in front of me.

I'll speed back up if they back off. Eventually, they get the idea that I don't want them kissing my back bumper if I need to stop quick.

I don't drive like a grandma, but if ~10MPH over isn't fast enough, then they should have left for work earlier. I'm not getting a ticket for their lack of planning.

...and no, I'm not into the brake-checking thing. That's the quickest way to get rear-ended and if the other guy has a dash cam, you're more likely to get the ticket for a dangerous action as opposed to the other guy for following to close.
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Wow ...232 posts in the first month.
I think this belongs to you NetworkTV.
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I have a 2012 Limited with V6 and 42,000 miles of mixed driving. My wife is hard on the brakes whereas I am not. I have not replaced any brake parts. I do not know the remaining pad thickness nor rotor thickness.

I can say that there are only two brands of vehicles that I owned that have not had warped rotors: My BMW's and this Jeep GC.
Every other vehicle that I have owned has seen warped rotors on a regular basis.
My 1991 Ford F-150 is coming up on 148,000 miles and is still running the original rotors, and I just changed out it's second set of pads. I'm nowhere near minimum thickness, and no warping. I have been through 2 master cylinders however.
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You're nicer than I am.

If someone is on my butt, I set the cruise at exactly the speed limit and not 1 MPH more. That way, I'm driving as fast as I'm legally allowed to go, but slower than I normally go so my stopping distance is reduced on the off chance something goes wrong in front of me.

I'll speed back up if they back off. Eventually, they get the idea that I don't want them kissing my back bumper if I need to stop quick.

I don't drive like a grandma, but if ~10MPH over isn't fast enough, then they should have left for work earlier. I'm not getting a ticket for their lack of planning.

...and no, I'm not into the brake-checking thing. That's the quickest way to get rear-ended and if the other guy has a dash cam, you're more likely to get the ticket for a dangerous action as opposed to the other guy for following to close.
I let them pass and let them get a ticket,I call that bear bait.
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I let them pass and let them get a ticket,I call that bear bait.
They're welcome to pass me, but this is New England - our definition of a shoulder is the ditch the wetlands drain into. I'm not going to pull over and risk wrecking myself to make room when I'm not the one doing anything wrong.
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I let them pass and let them get a ticket,I call that bear bait.
I call them canaries... You know, the old saying about a canary in a coal mine...
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I've found through the years that after a pad change, if there is any excess noise coming off the brakes after installing new pads, several firm, hard applications of the brakes in a "pumping" application, will cause them to wear in quickly and erase any irregularities, and the noise will cease. After that your good to go.

I also have gotten into the habit of scoring up the rotor with some medium grit emery paper, (120 grit), mimicking the "cross hatch" pattern found on most new disks, cuts through any glaze, and improves and shortens the wear in process.
As long as they aren't warped, are above minimum thickness, no runout, no other issues, you've come pretty close to what some places try to sell as "turning the rotors"

Personally I agree with you, it is a good idea to run higher quality cloth backed paper across the rotor in a mild cross hatch when replacing the pads.

Removing all crud from the other parts such that they are nice and shiny with a wire or brass wire brush is also a good idea.
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For you guys that have accrued some mileage on your Grand Cherokee's, I was wondering what kind of mileage your getting out of your brake pads, along with what type of driving you do?
I have a 2012 GC with the 5.7 hemi. I changed front and rear rotors and pads for the first time several weeks ago @ 82,000. I am 65/35 highway/city.
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You're nicer than I am.

If someone is on my butt, I set the cruise at exactly the speed limit and not 1 MPH more. That way, I'm driving as fast as I'm legally allowed to go, but slower than I normally go so my stopping distance is reduced on the off chance something goes wrong in front of me.

I'll speed back up if they back off. Eventually, they get the idea that I don't want them kissing my back bumper if I need to stop quick.

I don't drive like a grandma, but if ~10MPH over isn't fast enough, then they should have left for work earlier. I'm not getting a ticket for their lack of planning.

...and no, I'm not into the brake-checking thing. That's the quickest way to get rear-ended and if the other guy has a dash cam, you're more likely to get the ticket for a dangerous action as opposed to the other guy for following to close.
Why not move over to the right lane and let them pass? I absolutely detest people that hang out barely over the speed limit in the passing lane. There are one or two other lanes to hang out in.

To answer the original question - the WK2 is seriously impressive in this regard. I'm at around 52k and am not close to changing the pads. I actually bought Akebono pads at 35k, figuring it was imminent but nope.
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You're nicer than I am.

If someone is on my butt, I set the cruise at exactly the speed limit and not 1 MPH more. That way, I'm driving as fast as I'm legally allowed to go, but slower than I normally go so my stopping distance is reduced on the off chance something goes wrong in front of me.

I'll speed back up if they back off. Eventually, they get the idea that I don't want them kissing my back bumper if I need to stop quick.

I don't drive like a grandma, but if ~10MPH over isn't fast enough, then they should have left for work earlier. I'm not getting a ticket for their lack of planning.

...and no, I'm not into the brake-checking thing. That's the quickest way to get rear-ended and if the other guy has a dash cam, you're more likely to get the ticket for a dangerous action as opposed to the other guy for following to close.
I just put on the hazard flashers and they back off every time. I'm in the right lane when I do this.

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Re: Brake Life & The Grand Cherokee WK2 ?

Yeah, no one should be riding you in the right lane. But left lane is passing lane. Too many people forget this simple rule of the road.
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