Brake Pad Replacement - What to look for

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by John Gregory, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. John Gregory

    John Gregory Guest

    My 2000 Concorde LXi needs brake pads (front, I think). 57,000 miles on the
    car. The rotor surfaces may need turned as well since I detect a slit (very
    slight) vibration developing.

    I don't need high performance stuff; retired, drive about 15,000 miles a
    year, normal, mostly highway.

    What should I be looking for in type and brand of brake shoe? Advisable to
    turn all the rotors too?
    John Gregory, Jun 8, 2005
  2. John Gregory

    Bob Shuman Guest

    I use the Raybestos ceramic pads and have had pretty good results regarding
    both stopping and reduced brake dust. You must be easy on your brakes or
    else do a lot of highway driving as 57K miles is good longevity. I'd also
    suggest checking the rears at the same time. They usually last about 2x as
    long as the fronts, but it is worth the time to inspect them. Lastly, you
    should bleed the system and use fresh (unopened) fluid if you have not done
    so already.

    Good luck with turning your rotors. I definitely recommend this if you are
    putting on new pads. Where I live (the midwest US rust belt), a 5 year old
    vehicle's rotors would be badly pitted and could not be turned so would need
    replacement. Raybestos also makes quality US-made rotors, but they cost
    about 3x what the Chinese white box generic imports would cost.

    Bob Shuman, Jun 8, 2005
  3. John Gregory

    John Gregory Guest

    I'm in the mid-west as well (northern Ohio), Bob. Is it not advisable to
    turn the rotors but just replace them?
    John Gregory, Jun 8, 2005
  4. John Gregory

    Bob Shuman Guest

    It should be an easy decision once you get the wheels off and have a good
    look. My rotors always pit on the rear sides so you can't see the damage
    till you get the rotors off. If they look good and still have enough "meat"
    on them, then you can certainly turn them as this will be less costly. But,
    know that they may warp sooner since they will have less thickness/mass.

    Bob Shuman, Jun 8, 2005
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