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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 ...
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    Don73 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Brake pads and rotors

    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.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    I went with the GM parts from the dealer. Rotors and Pads all around. No issues. The pads come with all the hardware too.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    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: parts@rippyautomotive.com

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    +1 for OEM.


    I bought 'premium' brake calipers from the local parts store, they immediately rusted an look terrible behind the 20" wheels.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    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.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    Is anyone using plated brake rotors? I'm about to change mine and I hate looking at rusty rotors.

    If you're using plated rotors and like them, please post brand/source.

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    Surely the plating will wear off over time. Not worth it IMO. Get a quality rotor and pads that work and don't worry about cosmetic things.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    your pads should be scrubbing the rust off your rotors anyway...(cast iron OE style)

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    Quote Originally Posted by ukmat71 View Post
    Surely the plating will wear off over time.
    No it won't if it's done well. The plating on the wear surface (if there is plating there) will wear off almost instantly. And so will any rust on it.

    I'm talking about plating on the rest of the rotor, which is not subject to wear.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    Another option is powder coating. Durable and not that expensive. It gives a nice look albeit with less bling.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    Bling is not the issue, but I don't believe powder coating can take rotor temperatures.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    And will also end up with a vibration if the hub faces are coated.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    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.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    Quote Originally Posted by dgsrx View Post
    Bling is not the issue, but I don't believe powder coating can take rotor temperatures.
    If you think your rotor temps will hit 1000 degrees then you are quite right. That's the limit of high temp powder coatings.

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    Re: Brake pads and rotors

    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.

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