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Brake Pads - Regular Grade, Mid-Grade, Top Of The Line??



Can anyone tell me if there's any major differences in most brake pads?

At least at NAPA, they have regular grade for like $30, mid-grade for $40 and top of the line for $50.

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Autozone has a lifetime warranty.

I usually get the highest grade as they come with more hardware and are usually ceramic.






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I'm about to change mine out. I'm using ceramic pads...has less brake dust and wears a little better.





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I usually get the highest grade as they come with more hardware and are usually ceramic.


What if the bottom of the line is already ceramic?






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Depends on what you're looking for man. If you just want a good dependable set of pads, don't buy the cheapest, but don't splurge on the best either. If you drive a car that has some brake squeal that annoys you or has fancy wheels which are coated with brake dust all the time, splurge and buy the ceramic pads.

As for price difference in semi mettalic pads , there is absolutely no difference in quality between a $30 set of pads and a $40 set.

Most of the time at my dad's shop we install the $30 pads. Although for many cars all they are offering is ceramic anymore.






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I'm about to change mine out. I'm using ceramic pads...has less brake dust and wears a little better.

Don't forget to have the rotars turned..and flush out the brake lines...A NECCESSITY...






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Don't forget to have the rotars turned..and flush out the brake lines...A NECCESSITY...


Absolutely incorrect. NEVER turn your rotors unless you have a problem with them. Why cut metal off a perfectly good rotor? Flushing out the brake lines is a little bit of overkill as well. Brake fluid doesn't get dirty the way motor oil or transmission fluid does. Most manufactures have even done away with having changing the brake fluid as a recommended service.


Seriously, don't turn your rotors just to be turning them. If they don't have grooves in them, or don't shake when you apply your brakes, just leave them alone.






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I'm putting new rotors on too. Yes I know I can get them resurfaced but I bought the car used and want to put fresh parts on it.





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Depends on what you're looking for man. If you just want a good dependable set of pads, don't buy the cheapest, but don't splurge on the best either. If you drive a car that has some brake squeal that annoys you or has fancy wheels which are coated with brake dust all the time, splurge and buy the ceramic pads.


Many thanx - I'm thinking the middle of the road is the way to go. And the rotors will not be touched.






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TimeAndTide


At dad's shop we install the $28 autozone pads all day everyday. Nary a problem with them.






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Flushing out the brake lines is a little bit of overkill as well.



Disagree Hog. The main reason for flushing is not to remove 'dirt' but to remove moisture that is absorbed by the fluid (DOT3,4). This moisture over time will promote corrosion, freeze and can damage ABS module solenoids.



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The main reason for flushing is not to remove 'dirt' but to remove moisture that is absorbed by the fluid. This moisture over time will promote corrosion, freeze and can damage ABS module solenoids.


Supposedly, you just use a turkey baster to get the fluid out?






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That will only get it out of the reservoir. Some people use a tool called a Mighty Vac. They work okay, but do not flush the ABS Module (GM). You need a TechTool to open the valves up.






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Disagree Hog. The main reason for flushing is not to remove 'dirt' but to remove moisture that is absorbed by the fluid (DOT3,4). This moisture over time will promote corrosion, freeze and can damage ABS module solenoids.


yes , true. but most of today's systems are pretty much bullet proof. It's probably a good preventive maintenance item on occasion, but certainly not necessary every time you change the pads.






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Supposedly, you just use a turkey baster to get the fluid out?


Traveler is right, the only way to correctly drain the entire system is to use a Gm Tech Tool, about $4K at your local dealership.

Honestly, messing with the brake fluid is not a good idea for the average DYI. Too easy to create a situation where the brakes will fail.






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The systems have improved, but the gylcol ether fluids are still hygroscopic. It adds little or no extra time to the job and makes no sense not to do it. It is like doing half of a tune up on an engine.






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The systems have improved, but the gylcol ether fluids are still hygroscopic. It adds little or no extra time to the job and makes no sense not to do it. It is like doing half of a tune up on an engine.


So you really drain and replace the brake fluid every time you replace lining? Well, we will have to agree to disagree on that IMO. Waste of time and fluid IMHO.

Once every 5 years is PLENTY often enough unless you are experiencing problems which lead you to believe the brake fluid is failing.






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Honestly, messing with the brake fluid is not a good idea for the average DYI. Too easy to create a situation where the brakes will fail.


I am most definitely the average DYI.

No idea if it has been "flushed" in the past 5 years, but it sounds like I ought to just leave it alone.






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I do and I don't think adding a bottle of fluid is going to break anyones budget.

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Once every 5 years is PLENTY often enough


Google that. There are a lot of people that will disagree with you.

LINK



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I do and I don't think adding a bottle of fluid is going to break anyones budget.


Woah, that is an entirely different situation than flushing the entire system. I wouldn't disagree that bleeding some out and adding some new at regular intervals is a good idea.

The guy I originally responded to was talking about changing the fluid, not just adding to it.






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