Originally Posted by fyathyrio
For my 03, the brakes are only covered to 12,000 miles, check your specific warranty coverage. Best bet probably is do like Ward51. You can also get lifetime warranty from auto parts stores and do it yourself if you like. Check your e-brake to make sure it's releasing completely and not dragging.
The e-brake (mini-drum) is different than the standard pads.......so e-brake adjustment won't affect the caliper or pads, only the shoes. I'm assuming GG is referring to the pads only.
My pads were worn down at 21K when I checked 'em. I replaced with AZ lifetime pads. The one thing I noticed is how much thicker (compared to the factory pads) the new pads are. Actually pushed brake fluid outta the resivoir when compressing the piston to get the thicker pads on. I remember checking the rear pads periodically when new and noted how thin they were at that time......So it doesn't surprise me that they're shot at 21K. I'd say the new pads are anywhere from 2 to 2.5 times thicker than the factory pads.
So to answer your Q, I say it's normal for the thickness of the pad. I'd just replace yourself......It only takes around 15min per side, and you can check the e-brake shoes, and clean the drum at the same time.
'03, 5spd, 4.5" RE SA, 4.88's, ARB Rear Locker w/33 Spline Superior Chromos, Superior Chromo Fronts, 35" KM2's, ORO U-turn all bent up, Reinforced Skid Row Engine Skid, RK Crossmember, Nth Pinion Sliders, Skid Row Gas Tank Skid, T-Maxx 10K w/Wireless Controller