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Old 05-10-2016, 11:35 PM   #31
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All disc brake pads have a metal tab attached ,when the pads need replacing the tabs touch the rotors making a squeal indicating the need for replacing before they are metal to metal.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:17 AM   #32
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All disc brake pads have a metal tab attached ,when the pads need replacing the tabs touch the rotors making a squeal indicating the need for replacing before they are metal to metal.


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I was taught the same thing. But if two shops didn't see this, I'd check runout on rotors, turn if needed, and replace with stock pads.

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:39 AM   #33
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All disc brake pads have a metal tab attached ,when the pads need replacing the tabs touch the rotors making a squeal indicating the need for replacing before they are metal to metal.

Not all pads have the tab.
That's why brake inspections are needed.


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Old 05-11-2016, 08:40 AM   #34
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I do 90% of my own work and I was looking for 1) A quiet pad\rotor combination and 2) A near dust free rim. What I decided on 3 years ago was a Raybestos heavy duty set of front slotted rotors and NAPA ceramic heavy duty brake pads. The outcome was an extremely quiet braking application in all weather and speeds with very little brake dust. I bought my rotors and pads thru Rock Auto parts online.(they had a wholesale closeout price on the pads). A few folks have commented on how ceramic pads weren't the best when towing heavy, but I've had NO diminish in stopping power at any speed. Doug, buy online, and have a good local Independent garage do your install. If we lived closer I'd turn you into a shade tree mechanic over a few beers...
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:53 PM   #35
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As a professional automotive technician for over 35 years. If you machine the rotors due to lateral run out or thickness parlisium. Correct finish and washing machine surface with soap and water with a stiff Bristol brush. Never use anti seize lube on anything for brakes. Not compatible with rubber, use a high temperature brake lubricant and replace shim hardware. O.E brake material is best. Use common sense when braking as pads need time seat. Do not use heavy braking when getting pads to seat. Use moderate braking, do not use light braking as pads glaze and will cause noise. You should also flush the brake fluid system with new fluid. Brake fluid absorption of water is normal and even with a sealed system. This is why brake fluid turns darker and breaks down also with heat. Good luck
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:16 PM   #36
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Not all pads have the tab.
That's why brake inspections are needed.


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Thanks Kenny. Been in the automotive after market 40+ years (15 of the those managing a brake supply warehouse) not all pads have wear sensors.
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As a professional automotive technician for over 35 years. If you machine the rotors due to lateral run out or thickness parlisium. Correct finish and washing machine surface with soap and water with a stiff Bristol brush. Never use anti seize lube on anything for brakes. Not compatible with rubber, use a high temperature brake lubricant and replace shim hardware. O.E brake material is best. Use common sense when braking as pads need time seat. Do not use heavy braking when getting pads to seat. Use moderate braking, do not use light braking as pads glaze and will cause noise. You should also flush the brake fluid system with new fluid. Brake fluid absorption of water is normal and even with a sealed system. This is why brake fluid turns darker and breaks down also with heat. Good luck
Do vehicle manufactures make their own brake pads/shoes?
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:38 AM   #38
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It's brakes and shocks today. Having my wife's uncle do the work.

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Old 06-04-2016, 12:22 PM   #39
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Those shock boxes look familiar.


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And here's my view- working on my cousin's computer! I was nothing more than moral support out in the garage anyway.

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