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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Opinions on brake pads and rotors in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Just had my oil changed. Car has ~46k miles. My SA mentioned the brake pads are around 15% now. I've ...
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    Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    Just had my oil changed. Car has ~46k miles. My SA mentioned the brake pads are around 15% now.

    I've been reading previous posts and it seems the most common replacement pad other than OEM looks like the HAWK hps. Reviews seem to say can't tell much of a difference in braking and less dust. I don't track the car. The only complaint seems to be noise. Are they really that much noisier than stock or could it be installation/bedding issues?

    I'm thinking on just purchasing stock rotors.

    Dealer quoted 550 for the pads and 960 for the rotors, ~1500 in parts.

    The Hawks hps suggested in the post I saw was:

    front HB649Z.605
    rear HB194Z.570

    but on Hawks website the Z is a F

    Any comments and/or suggestions are appreciated. TIA

    michael

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    If you're not hard on your brakes, you do NOT need front rotors. Even if you're Lewis Hamilton, you do NOT need rear rotors or pads.

    And any shlub can change all 4 corners in about an hour, or so...

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    I would bet you have about 30-40% left on your front pads. I would bet your front rotors could go to 80k, probably more.

    I can guarantee your rear pads are well over 50% and your rear rotors are perfect.


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    Jim's right. It sounds like they are trying take advantage of you.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post

    And any shlub can change all 4 corners in about an hour, or so...
    ouch... I've had my share of busted up knuckles...


    thanks for the info though.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    You don't need new rotors from your brief description. Even if you did, you can purchase new rotors from Lindsey Cadillac or Rippy Cadillac and save $$$, then pay the dealer to install them.
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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    .......or E-Bay for $215 shipped per pair of Centric brand.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    I just changed my front pads on my '09 V. OEM pads shipped to the door $286 from GM Parts Direct while the dealer could only get the price down to $300 plus tax. Changing the pads is very simple. Dealer told me if they had supplied the pads and performed the work for me I would have been out of just a little over $1,000.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    No reason to visit the dealer unless you are completely useless with a wrench. I change brake pads and rotors about twice a month for track days. With a lift you can bang them out really quick. Hardest part is unbolting the calipers.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    It's actually very easy to see the remaining pad thickness on the V calipers. The pads hang out of the caliper far enough to see the thickness without even removing the wheel.

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    Re: Opinions on brake pads and rotors

    Thanks for the replies. SA told me at the dealership and I just went home and starting looking up options. I must of had a brain fart or something because I never took a look myself. My SA has been really good to me. It might have just been the service tech thinking I'm some old lady with blue hair. I went out and took a look and have plenty of pad left. I called back and said just close out the ticket. I got my oil changed that day, and then told him when I come back in a month or so and switch out to winter tires (they store them for me there) I want them to put it up on the lift and show me just how bad they are...

    The divorce took most of my automotive tools. I still have most of my construction tools. Don't ask. I've been wanting to start up a new collection but I can't control myself when buying tools and will spend way more money than I should...and I have to keep the new wife happy.

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