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Old 07-22-2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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2013 Chrysler minivan brakes are getting loud. Can I do pads without doing rotors? Any reason to use the OEM ceramic pads instead of regular?


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Old 07-22-2018, 10:08 PM   #2
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I normally just do pads unless there are groves in the rotor . I like the cheap pads the most . They might wear out faster but seems to let the rotor last longer. Last set I did I did rotors too . They were only like 28 bucks each .

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Old 07-22-2018, 10:09 PM   #3
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Miles? In my opinion if the rest looks and feels good i would have no problem just changing pads. Ive done it on almost every truck i have owned with no issues but if your wife drives like mine i might consider resurfacing or swapping rotors


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Old 07-22-2018, 10:11 PM   #4
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Of course. Check that the rotors aren’t scored although they probably are if you’ve been driving around with it making noise for a while. If they are scored, take your rotors and get them turned at oreilys or your auto parts store of choice. $15/ rotor to be turned. It’s a minivan, not a high end performance vehicle, use the parts store pads.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:31 PM   #5
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Pads only, rotors should last a while before needing turned.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:39 PM   #6
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i have been working in an auto parts store for about 18 months now,,,, if your rotors look good they probably are,,, with brake pads you actually get what you pay for,, cheap pads are organic material, stop quickly but create a lot of dust and wear down very fast compared to semi metallic or ceramic,,,, semi metallic last a pretty good while but tend to squeak and squeal more than others, also tend to be harder on rotors, being metal on metal to start with,,,, ceramic pads tend to be the quietest, and longest lasting with the least amount of dust,,, but they are the most expensive.... if your keeping the vehicle save money by doing it right the best time with the best materials,instead of doing it twice or even 3 times,, if your going to sell it put the cheap ones on it,,,,
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:59 PM   #7
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Stay with ceramic pads. Wagner makes good ones.

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Old 07-23-2018, 08:22 AM   #8
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Turning rotors too often makes them thin and overheat easier causing them to warp.
Even with grooves, you're still okay. More grooves = more surface area = better stopping.

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Old 07-23-2018, 08:27 AM   #9
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You should turn your rotors each time you replace your brake pads. They need to seat with each other. That’s the proper way to do it.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:40 AM   #10
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When you apply your brake does it feel like the pedal is pulsating or feel your steering jerk a little. If you feel any of this then yes turn or replace if not your most likely good and I wouldn't worry about small groves they are normal if you drive down any dirt/gravel roads.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:43 AM   #11
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Yep pads only. Unless you are too late changing pads and have damage. Also make sure to apply grease on the bushings the bolt go through so they dont hang up and destroy things.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:56 AM   #12
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Looks like I've got a weeknight project, lol. Thankfully the heat's supposed to break today. 90's this week instead of 105.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:05 AM   #13
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TBH PSA- Not applicable to the ops situation, but for "most" of us who drive trucks and tow, DO NOT use Ceramic Pads. Ceramic does not grip the rotor near as well for stopping heavy loads. Sure, they last longer because of it, but if you need to stop a heavy load faster, go with a quality semi-metallic.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:04 PM   #14
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That was one of the easiest car repairs I've ever done. From the time I left to go to the store to the beginning of the test drive was about 1 hour 15 minutes. Inside pad on the passenger side was down to the wear strip, but rotors were still OK.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:19 PM   #15
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You should turn your rotors each time you replace your brake pads. They need to seat with each other. Thatís the proper way to do it.
No. Absolutely not. You are wrong. Don't do that. That is an improper suggestion.

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Old 07-24-2018, 07:47 PM   #16
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Fifteen bucks per to turn rotors. If a new one is less than twice that much. Go with new rotors. The OEMs start with the rotors as light as possible. Think thin. Turning and wear equals thinner. Easier to overheat and warp. Plus you don't have to wait around for them to turn rotors. If it makes you feel better, scuff the old rotors by hand with 220 grit sand paper. Then clean well with brake cleaner or hot soapy water. But please check the caliper pins for free movement. A stuck pin means one pad is dragging causing heat and wear. If 3 pads are half worn and one is down to metal, something's stuck. Fix it or you will be back in again. And soon.
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