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Old 09-24-2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bringler26 View Post
Sorry for not responding sooner the two post below cover pretty much exactly why.

Both of these are very good points. I had a set of Raybestos rotors that were ok but after 25k were junk with my driving habits. Next I had some Autozone "premium" rotors which were also junk and finally some power stop rotors that while ok were not my wisest decision due to them being dimpled and slotted. The raybestos rotors and the autozone rotors were not able to be turned due to them being made of thinner material.

Newer rotors are not as thick as rotors of the past so many are not able to be turned for a clean braking surface for bedding in new pads. At 100k miles you can bet there is no way that they can be turned. The way pads are bedded in if you don't have a clean surface you will never get the full braking capability of a new pad especially if the compounds are not the same.

Brakes are one area you never want to skimp on money due to safety that goes as well with tires. Never skimp on these to areas your life and others may depend on it when you least expect it.
I'm getting the message loud and clear, first the guy that did my 100K service (my car's first ever service!!), now everyone here. The service guy races cars on the weekend, I'll just ask him for premium rotors and pads, he listens and knows to do the right thing. He charged very little for the 100K service and I immediately did a 2000 mile vacation trip afterwards, with no problems at all.
Thanks everyone, Trevor.
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