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Old 08-08-2011, 15:22   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Part Recommendations

Hello,

I am asking for suggestions on what brake parts to use on my 2000 Taurus. A little background info - in December 2010 I had to replace my front brake pads and rotors because they were getting rather thin. I used the O'Reilly house brand (Brake Best) for these parts. Well, these things are crap. After a couple months they started grabbing, so I took them back in April, the staff at O'Reilly turned the rotors at no charge and gave them back to me. I put them back on, and all was well. It's now a few months later, and they are grabbing again.

Rather than screw around with these again, I am looking for suggestions/opinions on a different brand to try. Should I stick with the Motorcraft parts? How about the Raybestos stuff? Ceramic or semi-metallic? I am now seeing these "sport" rotors with holes drilled through them for additional cooling. Is there really a need for this?

A note about my driving: I am on dark two-lane highways several hundred miles per week. Quite often I need to brake hard from 65 MPH to a dead stop to avoid deer as soon as my headlights pick them up. So, naturally, I need to use parts that can put up with this.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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Old 08-09-2011, 21:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brake Part Recommendations

They shouldn't have that problem that fast no matter what brand you get. I'd disable the ABS and stop hard in sand or gravel. That would let you know if the rears are helping stop the car. If the fronts are doing all the work, they'll quickly warp rotors.
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