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Old 01-16-2010, 12:06 AM
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I was wondering what auto repair practices out there that are portrayed as facts really are not.

are cheaper break-pads better than expensive ones does break grease really work what about bulb grease any others???????
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Brakes are one of those things where it just doesn't make sense to take chances on cheap parts. I dont use lube on any brake parts except the slides. I don't typically use bulb grease but if you're going to be getting into much water, I can see where it would be good for corrosion prevention.
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Yeah I agree on that one. I don't think I'd want to get the cheapest brake pads around.
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Brakes are one thing you don't want to cheap out on for sure. You also have to look at how much noise and dust you'd be generating. Brake grease has its uses: if you have metallic pads there's the chance they can fuse to the caliper or you can have issues with them making some horrible noises as they engage.
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I'll chime in here on the bulb grease... (keeping in mind that this could fall under Randy's other post about "bad advice")

I used to work as an electrician, and from that knowledge base is where I'm pulling my opinion......

I believe that the bulb grease is s'posed to make better contact and keep moisture out. That being said, unless you're gonna do a lot of underwater driving, get a lot of water build up around the connections for your lights, or even go splashing through rivers, creaks, or puddles I wouldn't bother with it.

This stuff might be a good idea on the older vehicles that didn't have the as solid connections that today more modern vehicles have, but unless you're driving in the extreme save your $1.50.

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nothing wrong with cheap brake pads if you dont mind the noise and all the brake dust eating up your wheels!!!!! go with ceramic pads, less brake dust!
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nothing wrong with cheap brake pads if you dont mind the noise and all the brake dust eating up your wheels!!!!! go with ceramic pads, less brake dust!
How about increased stopping distances, longer break in times and shorter life span?
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Hey Randy, just curious about something. I tried searching mopar brake pads to see which kind they are but none of the site I found had a good description. None of them said whether they are ceramic or metallic.

Do they still put asbestos in brake pads?

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Mopar pads come in ceramic and semi-metallic. You'd have to get with the parts department to get a particular one since I don't have the part numbers.
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It's not always about the price. You want to make sure you get the right pads that work with the rotors.

For instance, a very agressive metallic race pad is gonna tear up a standard rotor. You have to match component specs. Now cheap pads create more dust and don't last as long as pads designed to replace OEM parts. So ya get what ya pay for.

Cheap is relative to what your vehicle requires.
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