Can you check brake pad thickness without taking the tire off?
My car is a 2015 Elantra with ~80,000km. Now I imagine it's not unreasonable for brakes to be worn by 80k, but I figured mine would have lots of life considering my driving is different than most people with 80k on it.
1) Half of that mileage is from commuting to work but the commute itself is a long distance where it's almost entirely rural highway so there's no traffic and essentially no need for braking. I set my cruise control on and that's basically it. What little braking I do is usually when I'm not on the highway...which isn't very much since I live right by the highway and my workplace is right off of it.
2) The other half of that 80k mileage is from lots of long distance trips I take within Ontario (1,000km+ round trips)...but again the vast majority is highway with very little traffic so all I'm doing is setting the cruise control and there's very little need for braking.
And even when I'm not on the highway, I drive with fuel economy in mind, meaning I don't speed or accelerate hard which usually ends up with you braking more. Plus I coast as much as possible to decelerate when I know there's a red light ahead.
In summary: I honestly believe I brake so little that my 80,000km car has probably braked less than the average car with 1/3 of that mileage. I'm wondering if the dealer is mostly just looking at what mileage I'm at and thinking they can make some quick money on brakes/rotor replacement. They also wanted me to do a fuel induction service done for $180 which I declined. Lastly, before they pulled my car into their garage and gave me all their recommendations, the paperwork they gave me for my oil + tire change was for some special package for $105. I asked them why it's $105 since it should only be ~$80 and they said they raised their prices because Hyundai now requires them to put in fuel additives. I told them I only want an oil + tire change and they changed it back to $80. I'm only going to the dealer until my car is past warranty. In the meantime, is there a way to check myself how much life is left on my brakes without taking the wheel off? All I've got is basically a jack.