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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 12-06-2005, 03:42 PM   #11
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My pickup is an 00 Silverado full size 4wd extended cab with an 8 foot bed. They don't get much heavier.

A couple times I have encountered an emergency stop situation and from experience I'll say those pads grab, hold and don't get spongy when hot. I've done a few stupid things where I was overloaded or trailer w/o electrics on it and the truck stops great.

So far my car does the exact same.

Bendix Ceramics...I like them.
Good to know. Maybe the ceramics I got just sucked. Where do you get these pads? Are they a by-order thing only?
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They'll replace the pads no matter what. I just go in there and tell them that the rotors I bought from them are warped so I need new pads, under warranty. I've never been hassled in all the time we've owned the car (over three years / 110K miles).
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Also, make sure that your rear brakes are adjusted properly. Sometimes the self-adjuster gets frozen up. If the rear brakes aren't doing their job, it will cause the front to wear more quickly.
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If replacing the rotors & Autozone is your choice, do noy buy the ValueCraft rotors. They will warp within 3 months and they will warp again after turning them. I've put the next best rotor option from AutoZone on my '92 SSE 6 month ago and they are stil smooth as silk. I wish that I had done that 2 year ago, rather than fight the warp of those ValueCrafts.
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Another thing to keep in mind is most rotors these days..(unless they are the super cheapos) have a 1 or 2 year warranty. If they warp...bring em back and get newbies for free.
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Another thing to keep in mind is most rotors these days..(unless they are the super cheapos) have a 1 or 2 year warranty. If they warp...bring em back and get newbies for free.
The super cheapies...aka Value Craft'* from AutoZone don't carry that warranty. It'* a 3 month warranty. The Napa rotors carry a two year warranty. I doubt I'll even need the warranty just because I haven't had any vibration yet.
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Another thing to keep in mind is most rotors these days..(unless they are the super cheapos) have a 1 or 2 year warranty. If they warp...bring em back and get newbies for free.
The super cheapies...aka Value Craft'* from AutoZone don't carry that warranty. It'* a 3 month warranty. The Napa rotors carry a two year warranty. I doubt I'll even need the warranty just because I haven't had any vibration yet.
I was buying the wearevers from Advanced... Alll junk.. The 95 Bonnie warpped them every time... I finally bought the Bendix set of rotors... I installed them late july and the car still stops ultra smooth..

Before, I would drive the car around town enough to seat the new rotors and pads... Break all of the machine marks smooth.... Drive the car on a long trip... And by the time I got back they were already showing signs of warp...

These Bendix Rotors have been great so far...

The 91 doesn't seem to have any rotors warp issues... Last set gave me 5 years

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They'll replace the pads no matter what. I just go in there and tell them that the rotors I bought from them are warped so I need new pads, under warranty. I've never been hassled in all the time we've owned the car (over three years / 110K miles).
I went in and told them that these things wore out faster than they should have and they replaced them without question. Not a bad warranty if it means I never have to buy pads again. I also replaced my rotors with the NAPA ones mentioned. We will see how they behave.
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