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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 08-04-2002, 06:38 PM   #1
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I think that it'* about time to replace the front brakes on my SSE. What have you all used successfully for replacement pads and rotors?
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The First time I did mine a couple years ago, I used AC-Delco Pads and Rotors. Had no problems with them at all, and was very happy (although they are expensive). Just this past spring, I had the pads wore right down to the wear indicators again, but the rotors looked fine. I put Bendix pads on this past time, and have also had no problems. only minor thing I have noticed with the bendix for some reason, is that there is a "squeaking" while its going down the road sometimes. If I put my foot on the brake, or tap the brakes, it stops for a while. I know its brake related because if I stick my head out the window while driving, I can hear the pads touching lightly, etc.. I've ruled out a sticky caliper by going through a few other steps, so I'm just assuming its a characteristic of the pads. Next time around I'll probably replace both the pads and rotors again with Delco'*.

I use Caliper grease on EVERYTHING as well. The bolts, back of the pads, piston, brackets, etc... Always seems to help make things work smoother.

Hope this helps!
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I usually use GM pads & AC Delco rotors. The GM rotors are too expensive!
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I switched out my rotors to Powerslot 10.9" rotors that are meant for the Grand Prix but we use the same size brake and brake system. And I put on Performance Friction Ceramic Pads. Cant go wrong.
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Gotta agree with 99bonnevillese, ceramic pads, and pwr slot rotors are awesome! Very little to no brake dust. Worth every penny, and seem to last longer!
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He was also telling me the difference in braking distance and power is pretty impressive as well. I was actually thinking about going with this setup my next time around, but I wanted more people to do it first in the mean time, and provide more feedback! :P

This definetely might be something to consider Jeff, if your looking along the lines of performance braking
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NAPA rotors and pads. i get them at a discount since i go there all the time. :P
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OK, humor me for a minute because this is probably a stupid question.

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I switched out my rotors to Powerslot 10.9" rotors that are meant for the Grand Prix but we use the same size brake and brake system.
I got a '95 SSEi and my buddy has a '98 GTP and at just a visual glance the brakes are nothing alike. My pads go on my calipers and my buddies go into a frame like thing and then on the calipers. Am i just missing something or is my car too old to have the same break system as the GTP'*? I would love to upgrade my brakes with some of those GTP aftermarket numbers but I don't think they would even come close to fitting. So were you just using the rotor and standard Bonneville break pads?
And if so, are there any real brake upgrades that I could do to get rid of the stock setup?

Any thought?

PS: Mine also puts out a ton of breakdust. So getting ceramic pads helps?
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I have Bendix semi-metallic pads and shoes in the front and back. The front rotors are el cheapo ones that were only $20 a piece. The back drums are cheap as well, only $25 each. I use Valvoline DOT 4 synthetic because its fairly cheap($5 a quart). I have racked up 15k under harsh conditions (I deliver pizza with the car) and the brakes are holding up well, no rotor warp or anything like that.
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I guess the next question is: where is the best place to buy Powerslot rotors from?
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