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Old 11-22-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Changing brake pads...should i do rotors??

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I need to change the front and rear pads on my 2006 Fx4 4WD. Changing the pads is no problem at all for me, however I have never done rotors. Money is tight as its Christmas time, and I don't want to do the rotors just to do them, but do I need to? I have about 71k on the truck. I do have some wobbling when I brake at high speeds (is the caused by front or back or both??)

If I do need to do the rotors, is it doable for a "handy" guy who has never done it? The fronts look easy enough, but the e-brake on the back ones scare me a bit. Thanks!

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Yes, do rotors and if you can change pads you can change rotors. Its easy
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OK, is there any reason I should get fancy with the rotors, or will the ones available at Autozone do? I would like to get ceramic pads (at least for the front) because the brake dust on this truck is aweful!
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These rotors don't deal with bearings at all do they? They appear to just slip over the lugs and come right off after you remove the brake pad carrier and caliper?
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It's only the 2wd that have the rotors and bearing in one piece. I just had mine changed last Wednesday. Now would be a good time if you wanted a performance rotor setup to go along with the ceramic pads. I plan on changing to ceramic pads whenever its time. My truck was covered under warranty so a Motorcraft rotor went back on. Yes, the brake dust is horrible with oem pads.
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When you say "performance rotor", is that a necessary change when you change to ceramic. I don't want to put on ceramics and have them eat away a standard rotor, but I also don't want to put on performance rotors if they aren't necessary with ceramic pads. Sorry, just want to be sure I am doing the right thing before I pull the trigger. Thanks!
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Performance meaning cross drilled and/or slotted rotors. If you don't need them you can still use ceramic pads without any problems. Just make sure you put a good set of replacement rotors and not the cheap-o's.

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Before we start throwing money around or away lets start with the basics.

Are you getting any pulsation when you apply the brakes?
(if so they are warped, scrap them)

Are they within the service limit for thickness?
(if they are on the low end, replace them)

In the real world you would machine the rotors if there was enough material left on them, to true them up, and give them the proper surface finish to bed the new pads.

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These rotors don't deal with bearings at all do they? They appear to just slip over the lugs and come right off after you remove the brake pad carrier and caliper?
No you're truck is 4x4 so you don't have the bearings to worry about, they just slip on.
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Before we start throwing money around or away lets start with the basics.

Are you getting any pulsation when you apply the brakes?
(if so they are warped, scrap them)

Are they within the service limit for thickness?
(if they are on the low end, replace them)

In the real world you would machine the rotors if there was enough material left on them, to true them up, and give them the proper surface finish to bed the new pads.

Personally I'd throw a set of pads in it and save the money
70+ K on a set of rotors is more than enough to warrant new rotors IMO. With what a decent set of rotors cost it's not even worth turning them anymore.
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