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This is the first time ive had to get new brakes on one of my vehicles so I'm pretty clueless here.. I'm going to get my brakes checked this afternoon because mine are squeaking like crazy all of the sudden. Anyways, what should I look for/ask when getting new brakes. I don't wanna end up spending too much or buying a bunch of extra stuff. Also, ive heard the ceramic ones take the heat better but cost more.. is it worth the money to get them?
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Ceramics are better but it really depends on what you're looking to get out of your brakes. Less dust and less noise are two of the big benefits. There are other potential causes for brake noise besides wear. If you go somewhere besides the dealer, make sure you know beforehand what brand and type of pads you're getting because not all pads are created equal.
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Well first off, after they do the brake eval, ask if the tech would be willing to explain to you exactly what your issues are, ie the runout on your rotors which will determine if you can have them cut, or need to replace them. Every vehcile has a different spec for the replacemet of brake parts, and the maintenance of them. So they should be able to provide you with info of the measurements on your truck, and the actual spec in the book, and as far as brake pads, get the best you can buy. Getting that brake special at midas with lifetime pads will only lead you to getting new pads every 6month to a year, because they use cheap A$$ pads.
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Cheap pads is an understatement. There's a good reason they can sell them for $29! Not to mention a lot techs from specialty shops like that aren't well trained or qualified.
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Even when you spend the big money for a good set of pads , you could still have a brake squeal . I have had good success , even with the el cheapo pads , for a quiet brake .
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