I have a 2006 Elise with 16,400 miles. It has still original brake pads and discs. Recently, when I apply the brake pedal, there is a squeak that can be heard. However, upon pressing it harder, the noise goes away.
My car has 98% highway miles, and 2% twisties and stop and go traffic driving.
I checked the pads on the outside and it looks like lots of material left. However, I haven't checked the inner pads yet.
-Is it time to change the pads?
-Should I just replace with stock pads?
-Best place and price to pay for pads?
-Should brakes be bled at the same time, and if so, what fluids should be used?
-Also should all 4 pads be changed at one time, or rears first?
Thank you for your help.
Find someone local to have a look. Lotus club maybe? Those guys are always working on their cars. The obvious alternative is the dealer, but doing pads and even rotors is pretty simple maintenance, even if you're not handy.
Based on your use, stock pads are great. There are some cheaper alternatives (Porterfield, EBC, etc.) but the final decision is yours to make.
Stock pads? A dealer (doesn't have to be local). Aftermarket? Search the forums - lots of vendors with lots of solutions.
Quality fluid. Motul RBF and Castrol SRF (pricey) are popular.
Pads will come as a complete set for the "axle" - front or rear so you'll need 2 sets (1F, 1R). Change the whole axle - you don't *have* to do both F & R but do both sides of the car, regardless of which end you're doing.