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Old 07-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default OT: Brake pads, Rust penetrants

OK, Subaru needs brake pads. This is NOT a rallye car BTW, just commute, shop, vacation..

-- Conventional pads vs. newer formulations like ceramic, etc...?

-- Good performance rust penetrant for the shade tree mechanic...?


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Note: I found out that the crazy Jeep folks mix acetone and ATF fluid for rust...(weird)

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Old 07-02-2008, 02:59 PM   #2
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I put pfc carbon metallics on my civic I had when I put rims on it. My stopping really improved. Never squealed at all either. You can get them at Autozone with a life time warranty. Pretty good deal. I plan to put them on the camry I have now whenever I need to replace the pads.


Not sure what you mean by Good performance rust penetrant

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Old 07-02-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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Maybe you just need to oil your brakes? Just kidding... But someone had to say it...

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Oh wait.....you mean for rusted bolts and what not.

I use some stuff called PB Blaster that works wonders. Spray it on and let it sit for a bit. Penetrates like no other.

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I put pfc carbon metallics on my civic I had when I put rims on it. My stopping really improved. Never squealed at all either. You can get them at Autozone with a life time warranty.

Not sure what you mean by Good performance rust penetrant

What is your rotor wear with the PFCs..?

I am looking for a rust-penetrating fluid that works well and fast, saving me time if I encounter a frozen/rusted bolt or two...
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I forgot to mention that my Subaru had these spacers and metal shims (at least on the rear, which I did before) and I am tempted to just get the OEM complete set (pads + shims), as the shims will not be easily reusable/get mangled during removal...

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I've always had good luck with Liquid Wrench, it's an "old school" brand that still works great. The aerosol variety foams and bubbles when you spray it on, which seems to help it penetrate.

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I had them on my civic for about 5 years (same set of pads). I didn't have any probs with excessive wear. The car was about 6 years old when I got it, and I think it had the original rotors. I never changed them, but I have them turned when I put the new pads on. Definitely awesome brake pads.

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I forgot to mention that my Subaru had these spacers and metal shims (at least on the rear, which I did before) and I am tempted to just get the OEM complete set (pads + shims), as the shims will not be easily reusable/get mangled during removal...
Those are probably anti squeal shims some new pads come with new shims and some do not. I cannot remember if my PFCs did or not. But I think you can buy extra shims at autozone.
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I have always used Semi-Metallic pads and the Wd-40 that is not in a spray can. The kind you buy in the jug and put into a squirt bottle.

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