For the past 2.5 years (30K miles) I have been happy with the RayBestos Pro grade ceramic pads until recently. I suppose they may have 40% still left on them but the grip is more like slip now. Really noticeable the increased pressure /distance required to stop the ole Park Ave now.
The Raybestos ceramics were around $ 85 in Canada.
From a local supplier I heard about Ideal brake pads from Guelph Ontario, so introducing the new Semi-Metallic front pads $45 as a test/trial set.
They stock tons of Ideal pads here on West Coast so I hope they improve braking for the long road ahead.
I suppose I can expect accelerated dics wear with the semi-metallics and a lot more brake dust. Time will tell how they fair.
So tomorrow will redo the front brakes with new pads,turn rotors,lube sliders and hope better stopping power ahead. Will hopefully find rears are still ok for a while yet.
Oh ya I got to do the upper rad hose and new Delco thermostat & drill an coolant/ air release hole -Saturday at it again!