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Old 06-20-2004, 00:10   #1 (permalink)
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Protex Brake Pads

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Just wondering if anyone has used these pads?

My EF has always had a bit of brake squeal but in the last few days it has gotten so much worse, so I thought I would check the pads and rotors for wear etc. Anyways checked them out and the rotors are schmick and the pads have plenty of meat left on them ( these protex pads wer eon the car when I bought it ) There is also that anti-squeal paste on the back of the pads. I gave them a good clean and it seems to have helped a little.
Has nayone else found that these pads produce alot of brake squeal? They perform quite well and dont dust all that much, but the squeal is too much to stand ( theyre a cheap pad from memory so I guess you cant expect much )
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Old 06-30-2004, 19:00   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

i got these pads because all i wanted was cheapies for the rear, got them for 16 bux and fitted them my self, after doing a couple of burnouts they started to glaze the disc, thats was causes squeals. get some emmery sand paper and rub the discs roughly and try to make them as corse as possible, then spray brake clean and after going down the road 2-3 times the sqealing should stop.
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Old 06-30-2004, 20:45   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

You can try deglazing the pads and put an anti-squeal compound on the the back of the pads. This "glues" them to the piston, stopping them from vibrating which might fix the sueal.
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Steel wool and brake clean.
give them a bit of a scrub with the wool, then spray them with brakekleen.
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

i gave them a good clean on the weekend, didnt use any abrasive though ( do'h ) this fixed it for 2 days but it has now returned, diagnosis - cheap shit pads

next brake service will see bendix advance all 'round

Another thing,
my handbrake is sticking a bit, when I start the car in the morning and reverse i can hear it squeal which goes away and comes back as i engage and disengage the handbrake whilst rolling. Ive been told there are seperate pads for the handbrake on ED/F onwards, how accurate is this
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Old 07-05-2004, 16:35   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

True. I've had a few of these cars and they did make some horrible noises.
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Old 07-05-2004, 16:36   #7 (permalink)
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Did you try the antisqueal compund?
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

the pads already had some on the back of them, im not going to worry about it too much until the next brake service, new pads, anti-squeal compound, clean rotors - should fix it
any idea about the handbrake?
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

i just replaced my 1 month old protex pads for a set of ultimates, just couldnt stand the squeal any longer, even when just tappin the brakes.

should have just gone for the ultimates in the first place, they are alot better all round
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Re: Protex Brake Pads

I have found the cheapies are not the best. They give a hard pedal and slow gradual braking effect, or until u put the pedal through the floor.
If you are selling the car, well that's always the easy way to get out of paying $$$ for an upgrade.

I used Performax (Bendix) on the EA, after having cheapies fitted and that gave a better feel to the pedal. Much better.
But now the EA is dead, I bought an ED Wagon and now have found that the pedal is very hard again, harder than the EA (originaly).
So the ED is getting an upgrade soon. Probably go slotted rotors and performax or ultimates.

I used to not want to pay for higher priced pads, but as the saying goes "You get what you pay for". And that seems to relate very much to brakes (pads and discs).
So anymore I just use Performax's as the lowest grade to install.
It only costs an extra $30-50 bucks a set.
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