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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I ran Hawk pads on my C5 vette for years. Stopping was amazing and the dust was minimal - could ...
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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    I ran Hawk pads on my C5 vette for years. Stopping was amazing and the dust was minimal - could always just dust off the chrome wheels easily. I considered ceramic but I also tracked the car and was strongly advised not to use ceramics while on the twisty tracks. Heat and boiling brake fluid was to much a risk.

    Given the weight of the STS, I would be reluctant on using Ceramic on any type of agressive braking conditions or high speed stops. The Hawk pads are best all-around IMO. Seeding in new brake pads to rotors properly can have a huge effect on the performance and wear.

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    Thanks for putting all this info out there. My 06 (17,500 miles) was making an odd rear sound (turned out it was the warning clips on the pads says the dealer) so I ordered the Hawk fronts (street performance, not ceramic) and another set that the guy at RaceShopper says is really comprable for the back(can't remember the brand now). On the one hand I'm eager to have better than the OEMs and much less dust, but heck what did they do to the car to end up with pads already being shot???
    Turns out the Race shop is only about 45 min from my house, so thanks to the person who sent me there.
    On a separate rant, somehow I missed the $87 dealer oil change cost, ouch! Anyone in my area on vacation want to come teach me how to do it myself??? And the service guy at the shop wanted me to pay $350 for all around pads ...holy crap....mental note...not so much at the dealer....

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    I second the recommendation for Hawk brake pads. I put a set on my STS-V and they have been by far the best pads I have used. Great stopping power and virtually no dust.

    I ordered mine from Luke Butler at Lindsay Cadillac.

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by clyde714 View Post
    Ummmm...... I installed Autozone's "best ceramic" on my SRX about 6 weeks ago and they have been the dirtiest, most dust-producing set of pads I've ever installed on a car (and we're talking about 50 brake jobs over 25 years on who knows how many cars I've worked on)! I'm shopping today for a replacement set of pads.... May try Pep Boys "ProStop" brand (which is think is made by Raybestos); not sure if I'll go with semi-metalic or ceramic yet. I can tell you the OEM pads on my SRX were excellent - not a speck of dust in sight... unfortunately @ 19K the front right rotor starting scoring so I had to get it turned and decided on doing the pads at the same time.... Needless to say, I'm really upset with Autozone's pads. I won't ever use them again!
    i have the dg which look like the old morse ceramics and my car has more dust with those. but i had them on my 97 concours and had no dust and i had vogues so you know the dust clings to those naturally. but i have basic 12 inch jl9 sts and noticed the pads for je5 are thinner and made differently

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    I'm all for no dust, but let's face it.. something has to give. I would suggest that if "normal" pads will eat away at rotors, something that produces "no" dust isn't wearing as fast and will eat rotors even faster. I'd like to know how soon people start replacing rotors with these pads. Personally, I'm fine with a middle of the road compromise as long as they don't squeal. I wash my car every 2-3 days so dust isn't a really big problem for me.
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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    I've always been a hawk guy but for what it's worth, I was just reading an article on the 2014 Porsche Cayman S in Car and Driver. Here's what it says word for word.
    "Aesthetic concerns have their limits at Porsche, though. Credit Stuttgart for not submitting to customer demand for less brake dust and thus, cleaner wheels. Fade-resistant stoppers produce a lot of dust; there is no way around it. If clean shoes are high on your OCD meter, Porsche will, for $845, paint your wheels the same as ours, in a near-brake-dust-matching shade it calls platinum. It's a small price for wheels that thoroughly camouflage filth"
    By no means do I take what the automotive press says as law, but I personally have no reason to believe otherwise in this case as I haven't received professional advice that says otherwise, nor have I had much experience experimenting with this myself.

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    Of course most aren't taking their cars to the track so fade isn't much of a concern. That being said, coming back from that drive with absolutely no brake dust is pretty impressive.

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    I agree with DD; there are always trade-offs. Wiping down wheels takes all of 10 minutes as long as you don't let the dust form sedimentary rock between washes.

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    Re: Just some helpful info... I found brake pads with ZERO BRAKE DUST!!!

    Cast Iron, as it wears, produces some of the most obnoxious dust going. Because it contains so much carbon it is similar to pure graphite. It makes no difference what kind of brake pads you have. If the brakes discs wear you are going to have gray cast iron dust on your pretty wheels.
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    Ceramic pads are easier on rotors, less rotor dust. The majority of. Brake dust is pad dust, otherwise the rotors would wear as fast as the pads, and everyone's wheels would be reddish brown when dirty in humid or rainy weather. Cast iron rusts real fast.

    Want to see rotor dust on the rims? Let the pad material wear completely down .

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