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Old 03-03-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
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OK, swapped 'em out yesterday. Hope my brake dust problems are gone. I get so damned tired of cleaning the front wheels!

What kind of mileage can I expect from these?

Also, as they said "ceramic," I kinda expected 'em to look like...well...ceramic. they don't.
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I would guess their life couldn't be to much different then a normal pad.

Which brand did you use? They grab harder & longer? I want to slap some on mine soon.

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I was under the impression that they didnt bite as hard
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bob..to give you an idea of expected pad life...

I have an 00' Chevy Silverado..K1500. that'* a 21' truck, with 4wd, extended cab and 8 foot bed. Big and heavy..and I carry plenty of heavy stuff in it. 100K miles and the front pads are original. Any other pickup I've had..30K miles was about the high end of normal.
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10-day report: No dust!

As for a difference in braking, pedal feel was just a little different. It could possibly be that just a little more pedal pressure is needed initially, but decreases as the vehicle slows.

does that make sense?

Anyway, no major differences.
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Good to hear! I have a terrible brake dust problem on my truck. Sounds like this is what I'll need to do on it, when the time comes.
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My brake dust isn't gone entirely..but there is very little in comparision.

I'll never go back.

Bob...if you haven't done it recently..power bleed the old fluid out and get fresh in there. Made a world of difference on my 8 year old car.
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I think my ceramics contributed to faster rotor warpage. Take it easy on 'em.
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I think my ceramics contributed to faster rotor warpage. Take it easy on 'em.
Why is that? Do you think they caused more heat? Or do you think that more brake pressure was needed and caused more heat?

Just curious....
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I think my ceramics contributed to faster rotor warpage. Take it easy on 'em.
My ceramics actually show less wear on my rotors. I have no downside to ceramics in my situation. They are lasting longer and no dust. I love them
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