I have an annoying problem with my front discs warping too easily. I've
tried to avoid all the water I can, and yet a few months after I've
replaced the front brakes and discs, the damned things are already warping
again. The lugnuts are torqued, too, so it's not that.
Are the discs I buy at places like O'Reilly and Advance Auto not as good as
factory rotors? Would I be better off getting the rotors at the Ford
I'm just flat out sick of going through rotors like Tootsie Rolls.
Last brake job I did on my '94 bull I went with the more expensive rotors
and a carbon/metallic pad from A zone.
40k on that job now and the pads are getting thin but no warpage. GF drove
the car for most of the brake job and she warped the prev. brake job that I
Did the same on my '88 bull, and never any warpage probs. on that car
The cheap rotors are just that, cheaper grade steel and made in China.
Higher priced ones = better grade steel usually made in the US or Canada.
Most places like A Zone, Advance, etc. have a selection of rotors at
different prices, ya gets what you pay for.
She's driving a Malibu now and they are notorious for eating front brakes.
Quality rotors and ceramic pads are on it and wearing great. My bull is
getting ceramic pads shortly as I like the low dusting of them and great
wear. Pricey but worth it IMO, and with them quality rotors are a must.
"anything you say can & will be misquoted & used against you"
"Are the discs I buy at places like O'Reilly and Advance Auto not as
good as factory rotors?"
If they say "Made in China" on them then they are crap rotors that you
shouldn't buy. The good cheap ones usually come from Canada.
I'd take a look at the pads. The friction surface on some aftermarket pads
is more grabby than Ford OEM pads, which can throw off the f/r brake
balance and lead to the front brakes generating more heat. Result = short
lived rotor. It isn't necessary to go to the dealer for OEM brake parts.
You can find them online. Rockauto.com is one example.
Otherwise, check for problems in your brakes. Bad caliper, collapsed brake
line, etc. Planning stops doesn't hurt either.
Well I've never heard that before. But I did forget to mention that
following proper break-in procedure is a good bet after doing a brake job.
Your owner's manual describes the break-in procedure.
That's a general driving procedure, more for safety than brake
longevity, and has zero to do with breaking in the brakes so they seat
properly. I've always broken in new brakes by a method similar to the
article, and I have NEVER experienced warped rotors. Oh yeah, I'm also a
LFB and brake pads last me 50,000 to 60,000 miles before I start hearing
the wear sensors.
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