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Certainly there is some issue and this is not the norm, right? It isn’t driven hard. I am getting brake service required messages at startup.
 

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Hi @bbiller,

We are sorry to hear this! Have you brought your Stelvio to your servicing Alfa Romeo Dealer for a diagnosis? Please feel free to send our team a private message if you would like additional support while in service.

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Ok, so the dealership says the brakes need to be replaced in the vehicle as they are down to 10%. The quote for all 4 wheels is $1392. I bought the vehicle used with 10000 miles and have had it for 3 months. I am in shock. Is there anything special about replacing brakes on this thing that would prevent me from doing it myself? That seems a little over the top.
 

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With the Brembos its a 60 minute job and a few hundred dollars worth of pads. $400 will buy you top shelf Prior owner was a left foot brake dragger. See it all the time esp with our texting idiots!
 

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Where is the best place to find brakes online? I can find front rotors everywhere, but not rear.
 

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Centerline Alfa, Alfa 9 have rear rotors listed. Centerline says OEM, Alfa 9 says Tarox. I had also seen some very cheap kits online, no idea of fit, performance or durability.
 

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I was able to get all of the correct Mopar parts for pads and rotors all around. What specifics do I need to know about the actual replacement? How do I retract the pistons with the menu? Is that done with the ignition off? Does anything have to be reset afterwards? Are any special tools needed?
 

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YOU DO NOT NEED NEW REAR ROTORS AT 13k. DID YOU MEASURE THE THICKNESS??? SAVE THOSE ROTORS TO BE USED IN 50-75k UNLESS YOU LIVE IN DAILY TRAFFIC ****. IN fact you do not need front rotors also unless thay are damaged. Don't waste money getting them turned either. That is passee. It is truly rare to need to install new rotors on a first set of pads unless its a BMW with 60-80K and they design the rotors to wear with the pads, thus reason all their wheels are blackened all the time.


I will bet 99% you haven't even worn the rotors 25% yet.
 

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I was told the front pads are at 30% and the rear at 10%. I was also told the rotors are pitted and need to be replaced. (For $1392 + tax for brakes and pads all around). I have done brakes before, but am far from a mechanic. After reading the Guilia forum, I am pretty sure the Ocean’s Eleven heist is less work than changing these myself.
I’m pretty bummed out about that expense just a few months after getting the car with so few miles on it.
I just cancelled the parts order. I am back to ground zero. I’d welcome comments from everyone what they would do.
Thanks!
 

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Anyone ever get a warning on the dash about emergency brake please service, it happened to me 2x I only have 6000k on a 2018 and have no other issues with the brakes.
 

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Anyone ever get a warning on the dash about emergency brake please service, it happened to me 2x I only have 6000k on a 2018 and have no other issues with the brakes.
Hi Pgiulekas,
Have you considered addressing this with your dealer? If you decide to pursue this route and are interested in additional assistance throughout the process, please send us a private message!
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Pitted ??? Really?? Measure caliper thickness. Take out on a highway, bring up to 100 and stand on brakes a few times. Your rotors are now clean. I did this to my father's old Caddy's down south for years to clean up underused rotors with build up that needed to be cooked off. Your brakes will also work MUCH better.
If rears are heavily worn ie more so than fronts, somebody was a very rough driver and got into TC (traction control) a lot. No biggie but that would be only reason fronts were less worn.


Where are you located? Take some pics for us such as Alfaoffroad or myself. We can guide you!!
 

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I am in Central Ohio. From what I have read, I don’t want to get into a fight with the car’s sensors, worrying about resetting codes, limp mode, disconnecting batteries, keeping keys away from the car, etc. Are pads on this thing easy, or are they going to be a battle? I will try to post pics soon. They don’t appear “pitted” to me, but there are some grooves (as all rotors get after being used). I am pretty sure they were trying to come up with an explanation about how the car could chew through a set of brakes in 14000 miles. It was an Alfa Romeo executive/company vehicle from Michigan according to the CarFax. I’m inclined to bite the bullet and have the dealership replace them, but that’s a serious chunk of change for brakes and I don’t want that trend to continue.

I appreciate the help and advice.
 

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What made you want to desist from doing it yourself? What we're the issues you encountered? I am having the same problem with mine too. My Stelvio has 16000 miles and I got the brake pad message two days ago. Where did you get the right parts?
 

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What made you want to desist from doing it yourself? What we're the issues you encountered? I am having the same problem with mine too. My Stelvio has 16000 miles and I got the brake pad message two days ago. Where did you get the right parts?
Hi AlfaRomo,

I'm sorry to hear that you are also experiencing this concern with your Stelvio. If you end up addressing this with your dealer, please let us know via private message. We would be more than happy to provide you with an additional layer of assistance for that process.

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Looks like your brakes are 75-80% worn. Do you do a lot of stop and go driving, or lots of locals stuff going from light to light and, frankly, being a bit aggressive. I have 13K on mine and same pads are like 20% worn. Those pads are VERY easy to change and rotors don't bother me at all but I would measure their thickness which is easy enough. Brakes are a HUGE profit center at dealerships btw.
 

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Seems difficult - the other Alfa Romeo site was mentioning ABS settings with a computer, having to disconnect the battery to keep the car from thinking there was a fluid leak. Issues with emergency brake releases, etc that if tripped out the car in limp mode. Can anyone list the steps required to swap out the pads? I have done brakes before and have access to mechanic friends, but I am not interested in breaking the car or towing it to the dealership because I fouled it up.
 

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Does not matter what car is, Brembos are ALWAYS easy. The rears just require the removal of the spring and before you start, go into the setting and brake service setting for service which is just pulling the parking brake back. Turn car off, move key away from vehicle. Sounds like other sites have overcomplicated things. Disconnecting the battery will obviously not let vehicle do anything wrong once parking brake (EPB) is drawn back.
 
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