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Old 05-09-2016, 03:21 PM   #11
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Just asking as I do not know. Are Ceramic brake pads compatible with stock rotors? I know they sell some aftermarket drilled rotors for use with ceramic pads on Imports. I doubt this will work for a heavy truck.
i guessed you had a 2014 f250 and we are on the front... if most of that is true the OEM pads were metallic and no offer of ceramic. That should answer your questions about ceramic.

If you are doing yourself... Read and understand. If not call a couple brake shops and tell them what you are using the truck for and your preferences. Ask them to suggest a product recommendation.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:31 PM   #12
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If not call a couple brake shops and tell them what you are using the truck for and your preferences. Ask them to suggest a product recommendation.

Brake shops? Like who? Like look in the proverbial Yellow Pages?
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Just asking as I do not know. Are Ceramic brake pads compatible with stock rotors? I know they sell some aftermarket drilled rotors for use with ceramic pads on Imports. I doubt this will work for a heavy truck.
I've never used anything but stock rotors. After a little more reading, it might not be the best for a towing vehicle, due to its inability to absorb heat as well as semi-metallic. Slotted/drilled rotors would alleviate some of that, but not sure if it's worth it.
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Brake shops? Like who? Like look in the proverbial Yellow Pages?
Word of mouth is good if you are at home... if not a chain is prolly good. Is the shop busy? Clean? Professional? Most tire shops do brake and front end work also. Midas is usually OK, but they are not usually cheap. My experience is Midas knows how... and has a warranty. I have seen some of their practices here. There are others out there too. $200ish to put brakes on the front of those is prolly about cheap to normal. Pads at NAPA where $63-80 front.
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Word of mouth is good if you are at home... if not a chain is prolly good. Is the shop busy? Clean? Professional? Most tire shops do brake and front end work also. Midas is usually OK, but they are not usually cheap. My experience is Midas knows how... and has a warranty. I have seen some of their practices here. There are others out there too. $200ish to put brakes on the front of those is prolly about cheap to normal. Pads at NAPA where $63-80 front.

Thanks. Fortunately I am actually in my birth/hometown for a few weeks. I'll ask around and see where friends would take their stuff to.
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The best way to get rid of brake squeals is to properly lubricate the slides and contact points with a good quality brake grease. Although cheap pads can make it worse most squeals come from the bad vibration against metal contacts. It's kinda like running your finger around the rim of a glass, the frictions causes vibration. Just get a good quality pad and make sure a good quality grease is used.


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Thanks. Fortunately I am actually in my birth/hometown for a few weeks. I'll ask around and see where friends would take their stuff to.
Good idea. ................
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I will chime in here, since I just replaced the front pads on my truck. I went with NAPA ultra premium pads. I put them on my previous truck and had over 100,000 miles on them and they still looked good. They were quiet as well. A previous poster nailed it when he said to lube the contact points on the back of the pad.
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Time for truck brakes - what won't squeal?

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I will chime in here, since I just replaced the front pads on my truck. I went with NAPA ultra premium pads. I put them on my previous truck and had over 100,000 miles on them and they still looked good. They were quiet as well. A previous poster nailed it when he said to lube the contact points on the back of the pad.


I agree with everything. Napa brake pads are top notch parts and the lube is just as important.
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From my high school / college days working in a dealership service department, I always rub anti-seize on the back of the pads. No squealing.

Also, make sure the pistons are free. If not, the lads won't float as designed.


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