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post #1 of 13 Old 06-03-2019, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Brake brand questions

So if I am going to use a semi metalic pads. I see like Duralast at auto parts store. I also see pads that are semi metalic on Rock auto. Are these pads ok to use? Do ceramic pads give you more braking power?
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So what are you doing? Driving towing or what. So semi metallic is what came with the truck and is good for some towing and daily use but if doing heavy towing ceramic is what you want. Harder on rotors but they are all through away now as even if you true up yours the shop will make you replace them next inspection or that is what they do here even if the are in spec. Safety thing but if you have deep pockets you can go to drilled slotted rotors. So ceramic are better for heat and will stop much better if hauling but the thing is just what are you doing most of the time?
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I've had great luck with Wagner thermoquiet if I wanted to just get basic level stuff (and they usually have a rebate making them cheaper than the store name brands). But if you want real heavy duty braking, go with the power stop z36 kit.
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Is it necessary to machine the rotors if they are not warped?
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Learn from my mistakes and MANY OTHERS. SKIP the autozone and O riley brand brake pads and rotors.


OEM, Powerstop, and Wagner have been reliable for powerstrokes. I would only put duralast on a truck I was getting ready to trade in/sell. I've done too mnay peoples cars for the second time after they insisted on autozone junk....

I've had one exception with duralast parts. their battiers are OK and I've got one duralast water pump on a gas car with over 60k trouble free miles. Order a powerstop rotor and pad kit from rockauto and follow the brake pad break in procedure and only do your brakes once. If you have over say 50-70k miles on rotors get new ones. most placers charge to much to machine vs just getting a new pair.
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I'm running Power Stop Z36 pads front / rear on stock rotors. Work better than stock pads AND the nice thing I like is they are very low dust. With stock pads, I'd wash the truck and after a week or so the front wheels were darkening due to dust. I washed my truck several weeks ago now and I am just now seeing a bit of dust on the wheels. Keeps it looking cleaner for longer.


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I ordered the Powerstop Z36 pads all around. I didn't order rotors because they are in spec and looked fine.
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I ordered the Powerstop Z36 pads all around. I didn't order rotors because they are in spec and looked fine.
It could be an old wise tale but when I order new pads I get some like 600 grit paper and scuff up both sides of the rotors then spray them with brake clean. some brake pads are made of different material and it cleans most imperfections from old pads right off. I only lightly do it but it seemed to help when I replaced the bad pads on other cars while re using rotors etc.

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I have had good success with Wagner Lifetime from O'Reiley's. Wear them down and drop them on the counter and walk out with a new set.

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Just an update. The rotors looked fine but on removal the back side was scored. I ordered the recommended replacement disks all arround for the z36 pads. Will let you know the difference.
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