Any thoughts on which brand brake pads to replace with? Seem to be
more than a few to choose from. Also, any thoughts on repalceing the
rotors with something slotted etc...Dodge Delaer quoted me $750 for a
brake job, fornt and rear. Figure I can do it for about half that if
not a little less.
Pads: Performance Friction carbon metallic from Autozone.
Rotors: Stock replacements from Autozone.
That combo is inexpensive and works better than stock.
It's a pretty easy job to do yourself. Use a turkey baster to remove most of
fluid from the master cylinder. Add some new DoT4, and flush well.
I wouldn't go with drilled rotors as they cool faster than flat or slotted
which is good for sports cars, but can more readily cause warping through
the heating/cooling cycle. I replaced my front rotors and pads with Brembo
parts on a '99 Ram 1500 and it was very easy and inexpensive (as I recall
less than $300).
In the "olden days" of sports car racing, rotors were drilled to allow the
os gasses produce during heavy braking. Had nothing to do with cooling. Same
with slots. Nowadays, they are done for looks by the ignorant.
One of my favorite brake pads is Performance Friction carbon metallic. Low
low noise, work better than stock, reasonably priced at Autozone.
Unless you are really abusing your brakes, stock replacements from Autozone
also work very well.
The whole job is pretty easy. Open the valve and compress the piston with
clamp. Put the new pads in with some Permatex disc brake anti-squeal. The 4x4
rotors pretty much drop off, and the new ones drop on. I did mine at 75K miles
that's all it took. But I've heard of people having trouble getting them off.
from the snow belt? In any case, the lug nuts keep them on; no secret fastners.
The rear drums are the same as drum brakes from 50 years ago. No magic
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