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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:07 pm 

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:12 am
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Location: Albany
I have a friend with all the tools to do the job who has successfully done front brake jobs before. and I've watched the videos on UTube so I think I know what I'm in for, although I've never done it before.

My question(s) is this:
1. Are there Rotors and Pads you guys recommend?
2. Are there Rotors and Pads I should avoid? (certain manufacturers?)
3. Are the one's from Auto Zone good enough?
4. Since I'm saving almost $250 doing it myself is it worth it to upgrade to something a little more expensive than standard Auto Zone parts? ($60)
5. Is it worth it to spend almost ($85) for Perforated Rotors?
6. What kind of Pads should I get?...(Organic? Inorganic? Ceramic? - there are several different types to choose from)

Thanks in advance for you advice

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:03 am 

Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:23 am
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Location: Mount Vernon, WA
What vehicle is this going on? The pads you go with really depends on your driving behavior and what your using the car for. I tend to personally stay away from semi-metallics.

Are you planning on pushing the pistons back in with C clamps for the front, or are you going to bleed the whole system? The additional hardware is always a good idea to replace also. This would include the caliper guide pins and boot (caliper bushings) that go around them. At least make sure they are lub ed properly.

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:55 am 

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:12 am
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Location: Albany
1997 Geo Metro, 2 door hatch, 3 Cyl., Manual....115,000 miles.

Thanks for the additional suggestion of the "Pins" and the "sleeves"...will do!! :lol:

I was planning on the "C-Clamp" technique...Is that ill advised?
Any tips on preventing piston damage utilizing this technique?

Any other suggestions???

PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 6:48 pm 
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when using the c-clamp to push the caliper pistons back i always use a turkey baster to suck brake fluid out of the master cylinder reservoir first to prevent an overflow from damaging the paint on the firewall under the master cylinder.

i evacuate the reservoir a second time after pushing the pistons back as well just to remove as much of the old brake fluid as possible.

after the new brake components are installed i refill the reservoir, bleed the brakes, and finally, top off the reservoir to the full line. :wink:

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