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Old 08-14-2010, 06:12 AM
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Need new pads on my Jeep Liberty and was wondering if I should do them myself. Will most likely need rotors or turned. I really would rather work on my SR.
Which brake center would you reccommend?

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Old 08-14-2010, 06:29 AM
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Which brake center would you recommend?
If you have a nice thick wallet, any of them will replace rotors and pads. The problem with the 'centers' is that you really have no idea of the quality of the parts.

Front brake pads are in the $40 range for Raybestos Pro grade and standard grade Centric front rotors are in the $26 range each - all from Rock Auto. Turning a rotor is a waste of time and money as they are usually too thin new.

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php.

Two hours worth of your labor can save lots of $$$ for use on the SR .

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Thanks for the tip Dave. I have looked at NAPA's prices for rotors. The ones on my 05 Liberty are not smooth. Plus they are very rusty crudy. The salt and winters here are brutal on the underside.
I guess I'll just have to do it myself.
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Bob - this is rusty and 18 months old, ~40K on my '06 F350 which I purchased used. The replacement Front rotors are Centric Premium, and the brakes Wagner Thermo Quiet (on all four corners) and still look like new at 68K, The backs rotors are Ford OEMs (the dealer and I had a 'quiet discussion'). The original owner lived on a back dirt road. What I installed came from Rock Auto and a heluva lot cheaper then NAPA even with shipping. I also replaced the guide pins for very few more bucks (you need a tube of high temp grease for them)





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They are easy to do. As state dont bother trying to turn the rotors its not worth it.
I recommend wagner thermo quiet pads, they are a few bucks more but they work great. Wagner rotors are also good. The key to a great brake job is to clean the area where the pads slide, if they have stainless shims, clean and grease the area under the metal shims. If you have a sand blaster it makes it easy. The pads need to slide free !!!. Never grind the end of the pads.
The other real important item is when pushing the pistons back in, open the bleeder valves. If you dont you will be pushing all that crap back through your abs unit. If the caliper slides on inns make sure they move freely and are well lubricated. When you are done make sure you torque the wheels to 80-100 FT lbs. Nothing will ruin a new set of rotors faster than improperly tightened lugs.
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Need new pads on my Jeep Liberty and was wondering if I should do them myself. Will most likely need rotors or turned. I really would rather work on my SR.
Which brake center would you reccommend?
you should try brake engineering parts from thepartsbin. compared to overpriced and overrated braking components from other brands, Brake Engineering Parts are manufactured to meet higher auto demands, which are usually associated with racing cars.
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you should try brake engineering parts from thepartsbin. compared to overpriced and overrated braking components from other brands, Brake Engineering Parts are manufactured to meet higher auto demands, which are usually associated with racing cars.
The brake engineering pads are very noisy like most of the cheap pads. I have never experienced there rotors. One of our suppliers carried them for a while but they stopped due to too many returns
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