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Thread: Brake job tomorrow
05-02-2010, 04:40 PM #1
Brake job tomorrow
My brakes have been fading recently, and I boiled my brake fluid yesterday when coming to a medium-hard stop. The fluid is black! Tomorrow I am going to replace the front rotors and pads. Also, I am going to flush the brake fluid. I'll probably soak the bolts in PB Blaster tonight so they come out relatively easily.
What kind of brake pads should I go with? I usually shop at AutoZone, but all of the other big parts stores are convenient to me. I do a little bit of everything with this truck including towing, hauling, off roading, and interstate driving. Keep in mind that I'm on a relatively tight budget. What about rotors? Is there an option that is better than OEM style rotors that is comparable in price?
05-02-2010, 06:34 PM #2
What year/model truck?
I usually use the mid-grade semi metallic pads. They give a good feel, minimal brake dust on the wheels. Plus, they don't break the bank. You only need to replace the rotors if they are deeply scored, or warped. If the pedal has been doing a dull pulsing, they are warped.When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.
05-02-2010, 07:03 PM #3
It's a 2000 Z71 with disks all around. The rotors definitely need to be replaced.
05-02-2010, 09:14 PM #499 Silverado 1500 Z71
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05-03-2010, 09:15 AM #5
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I have Duralast CMax pads on all my vehicles, they are very high quality pads for the price. around 50-60 bucks for a set.
and if your budget is tighter than that.... pretty much every autoparts store has comparable lower-end pads.... i've tried em all, they're noisy-dusty but they will stop the truck I guess. brake noise drives me bonkers though.- Rachael
98 GMC Suburban SLT K1500, 191K
05-03-2010, 09:40 AM #6
05-03-2010, 11:51 AM #7
Buy the best rotors you can get, whichever store you go to.
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