i emailed the folks at frozenrotors.com about my brake problem and i really appreciated their response and i think y'all might too:
Keeping in mind:
1. That a CTSV is not a race car
2. It was meant to be a fancy & fast grocery getter.
3. It does not appear to be a "seriously underbraked" for the weight of the
car(over 14 inch rotors front and rear with
Brembo calipers all around(hopefully they are 6 piston fronts and 4
4. Definitely the wrong brake pads for the heat that is generated trying to
slow it down. (this is most likely the biggest
Part of the problem) Pads get too hot and melt, smear on the rotor &
build up layers of pad material cause shaking and
judder. Pads come apart (massive cracking and crazing that eventually
will destroy the rotors too)
5. Not using "FrozenRotors".
(you knew I was going to say that of
6. etc, etc, etc!
In the CTSV ads It looks like the rotors are slotted, right? Large and
heavy enough, and at least Caddy figured out that slotted rotors give much
more performance and longevity than Drilled rotors(We have been preaching
this for 10 years. Porsch won't listen but all their racing customers are
asking us for slotted rotors, GO Figure!
I will need your Vin # to find out what is now on the car and what we can do
to help. Using "FrozenRotors" will help but we have to find Brake pads that
will take the heat and abuse. To do that I need to know what the brake pad
number is and see if Hawk or PF makes a race type pad for the car yet. If GM
(in their infinite wisdom) has changed the rotors, calipers and pads from
2007 to now, there may be no good pads available. It usually takes 2 to 3
years before the good pads are mfg as the sales levels would be too small
for them to bother. We might have to get some pads gring off the crappy
material and have some good stuff put on.
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