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    Time for new brakes - what to get?

    I hear the wear indicators on my brakes. I only have 24,000 miles but hear all the stories about the crappy brakes that came on these. Anyway, I was looking at the lifetime warranty ceramic brakes from Autozone. They have a set for $40 and a set for like $55 that includes all the hardware, etc. The car isn't that old so the original hardware might still work but figure since this has to be ordered in, I might just get the one with everything.

    Oreilly has a similar set of options for a few dollars more. Are these any better?

    Also, how are are the rotors on these? Should I change them or just use the originals?

    How about the rear drums? How long do they hold up?

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    Personally, I'd order pads from rockauto. They have kits with hardware for about $20 plus shipping. I like the idea of the lifetime warranty, but with how much you actually change pads, I would just get a cheaper set. What happens if you don't like them, or they're noisy or something? I've had this happen (albeit rarely) before, and I've just gotten a different cheap set and I'm happy. IMO ceramic is definitely the way to go. I like to go with medium to higher quality pads, almost never the cheapest ones.

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    This website has a bunch of pads and rotors http://brakeperformance.com/all-products.php
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    I can vouch for the brakes from Rock Auto they cost me about $18 and are solid brakes.

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    I got Raybestos Element3 EHTs. They are a hybrid ceramic/metallic pad. I noticed a substantial improvement in braking performance over stock. They have held up pretty well, and also come with all the new hardware. I think I paid about $22 for them on Ebay and I'd buy them again in a second.

    For the rears, I used Raybestos 1059PG shoes, mostly because I was so impressed with their replacement pads. My rear shoes lasted about 80,000 miles of pretty hard use, so at 24k I don't think you need to worry about them for a while.

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    I ordered ceramic pads and slotted rotors from R1 Concepts last year. Braking performance is alright, but I feel like I lost some of the initial bite of the stock brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrybeaver View Post
    Braking performance is alright, but I feel like I lost some of the initial bite of the stock brakes.
    That's the downside of ceramics. The upside is long life and low dust.

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    I took off a wheel to do my brakes today and think they were simply dirty. There appears to be well over 50% of the pad thickness remaining next to the new ones I had on hand. The two slots for cooling, a wear indicator, or whatever are clearly visible and probably 2/3 of them remains compared to the new pads. Both the outer and inner pads looked good on that wheel so I slapped the wheel right back on without doing the brakes. I checked the other side and it basically looked the same so did the same there.

    I took pictures and will post them later but think that there is still a lot of life in the factory pads.

    Conor

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    Good to hear!

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    I took pictures and will post them later but think that there is still a lot of life in the factory pads.

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    That's good to hear! 24,000 miles seemed way early to need a brake job. Hopefully, you'll double that at least. Thanks for sharing! Also great to hear the suggestions of others on brake pad options.

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    Yeah, I thought that was pretty bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    That's good to hear! 24,000 miles seemed way early to need a brake job. Hopefully, you'll double that at least. Thanks for sharing! Also great to hear the suggestions of others on brake pad options.
    I know these cars are known for eating pads but thought this seemed bad. I guess they are just dirty but wanted to have new pads before I tore into it. I also didn't want to burn through my brakes. I ended up with the AutoZone premium option. I plan to just keep the pads. My GF has the same car after all so it is good to have them for one of us. She also has a few more miles so may be closer to needing them.

    Here are the pics. It is funny but after viewing the pics, I now think that I have a problem. The noise I was hearing came from the driver side from what I can tell so that was the first wheel I took off. I took a photo of that side and didn't bother with the other since it looked so similar. I think I am seeing the pad material delaminating from the backing on the outer pad in the photo. I think I am going to head out with a work light and take that wheel off and get a closer look. It may also be distortion of my camera lens. It is a cell phone after all.

    I think this is worth a second look based on the photo I just posted. I am really glad I took these. The pad is plenty thick but this looks wrong.

    Conor


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