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Mr.scotty
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Aug 3, 2011, 9:57 AM

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8 out of 10 times when i've bought brake pads from autozone they sqeak.
10/10 times i buy them from pepboys they don't sqeak.
Anyone else had this problem?

PS: And on my own vehicles i always have gotten AZ's best brake pads with the life time warranty.
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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 3, 2011, 1:23 PM

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I plain don't buy brake parts from AZ unless some emergency. No Pep Boys near me so can't speak for them. Locally I'll use NAPA or we are blessed to have a brake specialty warehouse that does 95% of biz to shops only and will sell any grade you ask for.

Yes - have bought the cheap stuff and dang pads didn't fit in some and had to file them down! For disc brakes and some still for drum my fav is Centric (ceramics for pads) no noise, no brake dust and last ages so become the bargain. Rotors and drums have baked on rust resistant paint in all areas not friction of course and always well balanced.

For noise it helps to really pay attention with a new job and lube the slides and pins with the good brake grease that lasts tons longer.

Some pads will come with a stick on noise suppressor. One more, if you turn rotors wash out the filings with brake cleaner and a clean rag or paper towels can help.

Seems like noise with brakes was near always the biggest complaint that doesn't start till broken in/used a bit. IMO and always was that cheaping out on parts is frequently more expensive or annoying in the long run and may not last as long so no bargain there,

Tom



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Aug 3, 2011, 5:57 PM

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I've installed a lot of AZ pads...only one time i had a slight squeal issue..
swapped 'em out and no more problems
Usually get the 'Gold ' pads
I do a lot of work for people who do not have a lot of money,hence the AZ parts.
Like Tom said,had a few pads that had to be filed to fit....talk about cheap sh*t!

When money is not an issue i usually get Napa or go to one of the Good old time parts stores (Still have a couple left here)
and get a name brand,raybestos,bendix,etc....got a few folks who only want OEM from the dealer.
I remember for a while years back at the GM dealers i was at, we had a run of noisy GM pads.
They had just come out with the Durastop brake pads ...and they were noisy...
Had to replace many of them with the OEM pads...

Lately have had problems with product quality at AZ...

I go there to earn my points to get reward cash....
lately only get oil change stuff,misc cleaners and sh*t they cant F*** up!
Been going to Napa and Pep Boys..


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 3, 2011, 6:27 PM

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Almost filled my Depends the other day at NAPA with an Echlin part that actually said "made in the United States!" Imagine that!

Tom



Mr.scotty
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Aug 3, 2011, 9:25 PM

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Yeah, I've had to file a few down too.
I like bosch stuff a lot i try to use all bosch parts specially when it's a Euro car, never had a problem with anything from them.
But AZ's duralast stuff is cheap but not good (ya get what ya pay for).

Like the other day i had to put a starter on a dodge truck, it was $70 at AZ and $86 at pepboys( both after core charge).
I bought the AZ duralast one cause the customer was tight on money, but atleast it has a life time warranty on it and is easy to swap out.Unsure

NAPA is the best for strange things that most stores don't carry or would have to order, the one NAPA by me is right next door to there warehouse that stores everything for all the NAPA's in Delaware, so most of the time they have everything i need.Cool
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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 4, 2011, 5:05 AM

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What kills me w AZ is the core charge on new parts?! What gives with that? Some parts I want the core to take parts off of. Rebuilt stuff I understand but not new stuff.

Batteries. Warranty or not I want the best chance they were handled properly and not dropped by some disgruntled person and NAPA wins with that as one real bad battery can mess up so much more as we know it ain't worth the risk.

Love how NAPA will spend the time to me me a $2 part for some antique something too,

Tom



1ATony
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Aug 22, 2011, 1:58 PM

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They sell an ani-squeek lube at the parts store to place on the outside of the pad to help prevent squeaking. You should be able to take your new pads out of the box and place them on without filing them. You should not have to file the pads to make them fit.


Discretesignals
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Aug 22, 2011, 6:15 PM

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Depends on what is on the backing plate of the pad. Some pads need brake caliper grease on the back and some need some type of EMP compound(which I have no clue what the heck it is.)

I have seen others that have a rubber material glued on the back of the pad that absorb vibrations that you shouldn't put anything on. Really depends on what the manufacture recommends. Usually they have a tech number you can call to get answers to what should and shouldn't be used.

You do have to file pads ends or enlarge e brake pivot pins holes in shoes once in a while. Not all aftermarket pads are a direct fit, so some minor modifications have to be done. You get what you pay for sometimes.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Aug 22, 2011, 6:24 PM)






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