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Re: Cracked front rotors, Meineke troubles
I don't how bad the cracks in your rotors are, but if they very short and thin in the pad wear area only and the rotor have plenty of metal left I would have them resurfaced and call it good. I have cracks as these and machined them out numerous times, as long they disapear before .010" over min thickness.
As for your rear brakes out of adjustment cuasing this I don't think so. Did you have to pump the brake pedal to get a good high pedal ? Front disc brakes on most cars and trucks do
70% of the braking. Trucks sometimes have hydralic load compensation to adjust the amount of rear brake applied. No load little rear brake max load, max rear brake.
Also since no one is allowed to arch brake shoes to fit the drum anymore, 100 or so miles after replasing the shoes
they have fit themselves to the drum and may require adjusting. Alot of self adjusting drum brake setups stop working, dirt, rust or in proper reinstallation. If you don't use your parking brake frequently they may not adjust.
I always check the drum brake adjustment on my cars at oil changes, is easy for me to do at work, and find that an adjustment is needed or I adjust them becuase I'm there and only take a minute.
Back to the cracks I would say it was the Chinse rotors that the 1st shop installed. Another possablity would be the calipers not releasing, cuasing exesive heat to build up.
If the rotors are Blue and maybe throwing greese from cap.
I would inspect closely the calipers and hardware.
Some machinic should never open their mouths, they give us all a bad name. I'm sorry you got a song and dance from this guy, but I would not return to that shop nor send my friends.
Hope this helps