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Old 10-15-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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Bonneville is a 1996 with 117K on it. Had the brakes done 8K miles ago (front rotors and pads replaced), but after less than 4K miles, the rotors were awful! Juddering, pulsing through the pedal- hit them moderately hard at anything over 60mph and it'* just terrible. Passengers notice and comment on the noise and vibration.

Had the place that installed them replace them, no charge after I complained. Well, now the second set is just as bad after another 4K or so miles, same brand no doubt, same problem. Unacceptable- are there any decent rotors out there that I can use? My mechanic is using cheap junk parts that just don't last- this car is honestly used gently...it'* not like I'm doing hot laps at Road America and cooking them braking into turn five. Gotta be a brand recommendation that'll last and is cheaper than Brembo.
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Got my rotors form R1 concepts on Ebay. The problem is places that use impact on the lugs. They really need to be torqued even to 100 foot pounds. If you have them done, insist they use a torque wrench, not a impact.
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Drilled and cross slotted rotors are good at dissipating heat and slows the pad deterioration and rotor warp.

Use ceramic pads as well on those drilled and cross slotted rotors. Ceramic create less brake dust and hold up to the heat better, and thus last a bit longer.
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If the caliper pins do not slide freely thru the caliper sleeves, expect warped rotors and uneven wearing pads. Fixed this issue and my rotors no longer warp/pulsate, the brake pedal is higher with a firmer feel, just much more enjoyable!
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Drilled and cross slotted rotors are good at dissipating heat and slows the pad deterioration and rotor warp.

Use ceramic pads as well on those drilled and cross slotted rotors. Ceramic create less brake dust and hold up to the heat better, and thus last a bit longer.
ceramic pads may last longer but theyre not nice to rotors
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ceramic pads may last longer but theyre not nice to rotors
I've never experienced any problems with ceramic pads on any style of rotors. So.....not sure what to tell ya with your experiences.
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I do my own front brakes on my 96 se.Used Delco rotors and average grade pads. Make sure pins move freely and calipers are not siezed. Lots of miles on rotors no problems at all Delco Dura Stop Rotors
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