Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Brake pads and rotors in Cadillac SRX Forums; Planning on replacing brake pads and rotors in the very near future, and would appreciate opinions/recommendations on what others have ...
Planning on replacing brake pads and rotors in the very near future, and would appreciate opinions/recommendations on what others have used. Is there a big difference between GM rotors and rotors from a local parts store? Thanks in advance.
Likewise, I went with all OEM parts when I did my brakes on my SRX. I got the parts from www.rockauto.com as opposed to the local dealer because their prices were significantly cheaper. Other sources for OEM parts are the online GM dealers like www.gmpartshouse.com and www.gmpartseast.com and of course, forum vendor Rippy Cadillac will give you a good price. email Chris Heath at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Original rotors tend to overheat and once they meet water, they go bad. Had that issue on both front and reat. Installed dotted rotors on both ends (don't remember brand), have no problems with overheating now even during my little racing sessions.
Plus original rear pads have a thin working zone. With new rotors I installed Textar pads which use the whole surface of the rotor. Braking improved 20% in my opinion. Hardware costs around $5 separately.
Timely topic. I decided to run mine until I got a brake pad squeeker indication. 60,400 miles and it turned out to be a rear brake. The other side rear was nearly worn out also. I changed the fronts also even though they had 40-45% wear remaining since I had it up in the air. All the rotor friction faces were in great shape. I used Akebono PRO-Act ceramics from Amazon.
I've used Centric coated rotors on my old Acura and did 60,000 miles on it with no rust. We're talking the hat of the rotor. On my SRX, I used AutoZone pads and rotors. Looked bad with rust but stopped just fine.