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Old 03-17-2015, 11:21 PM   #1
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I want to replace the front brakes myself but I find too many options. What do you all use? I find organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and ceramic. Do I need new mounting clips or will the old do? I see some kits that include them and some don’t. I will be replacing the caliper bushings since mine rattle until I apply the brakes. I am also considering replacing the rotors because of a little pulsing while braking, especially at high speeds.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2015, 11:41 PM   #2
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Get these solid caliper slide pins to replace the 2 rubber bushed ones( one in each caliper) on the frontcalipers.) and some Cheap centric ceramic pads.

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Old 03-18-2015, 09:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Too many brakes to choose from

I like AutoZone's ceramics or if you want to splash a little cash, Wagner ThermoQuiets are really nice.

If you can get Brembo blanks for the rotors, they're great but for price, Autozone quality rotors or Wagners are really nice too.

As for hardware, only if retainers or clips are broken then I put the new ones in.

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I want to replace the front brakes myself but I find too many options. What do you all use? I find organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and ceramic. Do I need new mounting clips or will the old do? I see some kits that include them and some don’t. I will be replacing the caliper bushings since mine rattle until I apply the brakes. I am also considering replacing the rotors because of a little pulsing while braking, especially at high speeds.

Any help would be appreciated.


I have replaced numerous sets of front brakes and rotors on GM cars, including a 2006 Vue V-6 FWD. The caliper pin bushings are sold individually by GM, as they also fit many years of the Equinox.

I always use GM OEM Delco brake pads and rotors. The quality is very high and the fit is perfect. You will spend a little more than aftermarket, made in (who knows where) - but your braking system is critical.

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Old 03-18-2015, 09:20 PM   #5
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I have replaced numerous sets of front brakes and rotors on GM cars, including a 2006 Vue V-6 FWD. The caliper pin bushings are sold individually by GM, as they also fit many years of the Equinox.

I always use GM OEM Delco brake pads and rotors. The quality is very high and the fit is perfect. You will spend a little more than aftermarket, made in (who knows where) - but your braking system is critical.
ACDelco parts are now made in China as well. This includes many rotors.

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Old 03-18-2015, 11:33 PM   #6
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Thanks Guys
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If I buy new rotors from, let’s say autozone, do I need to have them turned or are they straight right out of the box?

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Old 03-19-2015, 12:28 AM   #7
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New rotors are NEW and need nothing but to be installed( and cleaned of oil.)

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Old 03-19-2015, 12:29 AM   #8
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The caliper pin bushings are sold individually by GM,
And just about every automotive parts store chain in the country.

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I have replaced numerous sets of front brakes and rotors on GM cars, including a 2006 Vue V-6 FWD. The caliper pin bushings are sold individually by GM, as they also fit many years of the Equinox.

I always use GM OEM Delco brake pads and rotors. The quality is very high and the fit is perfect. You will spend a little more than aftermarket, made in (who knows where) - but your braking system is critical.
Like Billy said, most of these are made in China now. I can't really tell whether a AC Delco or a cheap bottom shelf rotor are any different. I only mentioned good "Autozone" quality because of the warranty they offer and the ability to return it to the store.

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Old 03-19-2015, 01:34 PM   #10
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Default Re: Too many brakes to choose from

If you have a couple of days to spare on waiting but not money to waste, try rockauto or amazon - in the later the warehouse deals are sometimes the biggest bang for the buck. In any case, make sure that what you buy has all the hardware included, slike shims or lubricants. Do not forget a brake bleeder tool, regardless of DIY soda bottle stile or vacuum evacuator.

It might also be a good idea to watch some youtube channel like erictehcarguy for a quick howto on brakes.

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Old 03-19-2015, 10:05 PM   #11
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If you have a couple of days to spare on waiting but not money to waste, try rockauto or amazon - in the later the warehouse deals are sometimes the biggest bang for the buck. In any case, make sure that what you buy has all the hardware included, slike shims or lubricants. Do not forget a brake bleeder tool, regardless of DIY soda bottle stile or vacuum evacuator.

It might also be a good idea to watch some youtube channel like erictehcarguy for a quick howto on brakes.
I second the online option, I always hit up Rockauto if I don't need the parts right away.
Brand wise, I'm a big fan of Raybestos for brake stuff... OEM grade ceramics are perfect for a daily driver. Bendix is another good choice. I always prefer replacing drums and rotors over turning; brakes need thermal mass to dissipate heat, milling them down only removes that mass.
If you get new drums for the back, I strongly recommend cleaning them thoroughly inside and out then hitting the outside with some black caliper paint. I didn't do that to mine and they immediately rusted to a brilliant green color . I like saving money, but brakes are important enough to invest a few bucks into the good stuff. Good luck!

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I second the online option, I always hit up Rockauto if I don't need the parts right away.
Brand wise, I'm a big fan of Raybestos for brake stuff... OEM grade ceramics are perfect for a daily driver. Bendix is another good choice. I always prefer replacing drums and rotors over turning; brakes need thermal mass to dissipate heat, milling them down only removes that mass.
If you get new drums for the back, I strongly recommend cleaning them thoroughly inside and out then hitting the outside with some black caliper paint. I didn't do that to mine and they immediately rusted to a brilliant green color . I like saving money, but brakes are important enough to invest a few bucks into the good stuff. Good luck!
You have the V6 which means you have discs back there, but it's the thought that counts!

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You have the V6 which means you have discs back there, but it's the thought that counts!
The V6 has drums in the back too, I wish they were rear disk brakes.

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Yeah, mine has drums too.

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I personally went with these Raybestos rotors and pads. They work awesome. Braking is firm and smooth, and they produce almost no brake dust. One thing I would do in addition to replacing pads is to flush the brake fluid from master cylinder reservoir and brakes lines. This step is needed for long caliper and brake system life.

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The V6 has drums in the back too, I wish they were rear disk brakes.
The More You Know! I thought the V6 came with discs out back, I guess it's a trim level thing instead.

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I personally went with these Raybestos rotors and pads. They work awesome. Braking is firm and smooth, and they produce almost no brake dust. One thing I would do in addition to replacing pads is to flush the brake fluid from master cylinder reservoir and brakes lines. This step is needed for long caliper and brake system life.

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+1 on the brake fluid flushing. I failed to do that on an old Mazda and when I did the rear brakes I found the pistons were corroded solid to the wheel cylinders. The rear brakes weren't even working! Ever since then every few years I use a Mity-Vac to suck fresh fluid through the system.

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I put in the cheapest CENTRIC "CTEK" ceramic pads- about$15 for the front set@ ROCK. about 50K miles ago.

Can't wear them out. And they stop great.

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Well I finally got my new brakes installed. I went with the Duralast Gold Pads, Duralast Rotors, and since I had the rattle, I picked up a Duralast Hardware kit, all from Autozone. The Hardware kit consisted of the 4 rubber boots and 2 rubber guide pin bushings. All went well and I discovered the last guy that did a brake job put the pin with bushing in the wrong spot, (top instead of bottom). I got it all put together and took it out to burnish the pads and rotors and it stops real nice and no more rattle.
The box the pads came in says they are the official brakes of NASCAR… Some how I doubt that anyone believes those NASCAR guys head on down to their local Autozone for the brakes on them 200MPH NASCARs. Who are they trying to BS here?

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"The official brakes of NASCAR" means Duralast paid money to NASCAR in order to say they are the official brakes of NASCAR.

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