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Brake Pad

Brake Pads: Selecting and Replacing Pads

What are Disc Brake Pads and what do they do?

Brake Pads are steel plates with a type of friction material bonded on one side. The “pad” or friction material faces the disc brake rotor. When pressure is applied to the brakes, the pad is pressed against the rotor to stop the spinning wheel and bring the vehicle to a stop.

When should I replace my Brake Pads?

Most vehicles have a method of alerting the driver when it’s time for a disc brake pad replacement. Typically, there is a “wear indicator” on the brake pad that will cause a squealing sound when the fiction material is getting too thin. Other cars have a warning light that is activated on the dash. Replacing brake pads in a timely manner may also save you the expense of having to replace your rotors.

What happens if I don’t?

If you don’t replace your brake pads when indicated, you may end up causing damage to your entire braking system which can add up to a major repair bill. In addition to that, you are putting yourself at risk for the brakes to fail completely and possibly cause an accident.

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  1. Centric Parts Front Brake Pad 102.09300

    Part Number: 102.09300
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • C-TEK Metallic Brake Pads
    • C-Tek brake friction offers exceptional stopping power.
    • available for most import and domestic vehicles.
    • Low dust.
    • Formulated for reduced noise.
    • Semi-Metallic compounds.
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2002 Lexus RX300 All Brake Pads-Disc Brake Pad-Front
    2003 Lexus RX300 All Front-Brake Pads-Disc Brake Pad
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  2. Centric Parts Front Brake Pad 100.06710

    Part Number: 100.06710
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • OE Formula Brake Pads w/Hardware-Preferred
    • O.E.M. or O.E.M. equivalent material formulations
    • Fine blank backing plates for proper caliper fitment.
    • Notched for shims.
    • Correct hardware installed including sensor wires.
    • 100% Positive Molded
    • 100% Scorched
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine
    1993 Land Rover Defender 110 All
    1994-1997 Land Rover Defender 90 All
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  3. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad QC674A

    Part Number: QC674A
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Body Engine Notes
    1996 Ford Crown Victoria All All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Police
    1996 Mercury Grand Marquis All All ,Optional Ceramic-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    1996-1999 Lincoln Town Car Limousine All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    1997 Mercury Grand Marquis All All Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Optional Ceramic-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    1997 Ford Crown Victoria All All Optional Ceramic-w/Phenolic Piston Caliper-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    1997-2000 Lincoln Town Car Limousine All Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    1998 Lincoln Town Car Limousine All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic
    1998 Mercury Grand Marquis All All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic
    1998 Ford Crown Victoria All All Police-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    1999 Mercury Grand Marquis All All ,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    1999 Ford Crown Victoria All All Optional Ceramic-Police-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    2000 Mercury Grand Marquis All All ,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    2000-2001 Ford Crown Victoria All All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Police-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    2001 Mercury Grand Marquis All All Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Optional Ceramic
    2001 Lincoln Town Car All All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    2002 Mercury Grand Marquis All All Police-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    2002 Ford Crown Victoria All All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Police
    2002 Lincoln Town Car All All ,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Optional Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    $47.90 Ships Free!
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  4. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad MX592

    Part Number: MX592
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1992-2002 Dodge Viper All OE Semi-Metallic
    $43.47 Ships Free!
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  5. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad PD961

    Part Number: PD961
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer All OE Ceramic
    2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution All OE Ceramic
    $31.22 Ships Free!
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  6. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad QC700

    Part Number: QC700
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1989-2001 Hyundai Sonata All Optional Ceramic
    1992-2001 Hyundai Elantra All Optional Ceramic
    1997-1999 Hyundai Tiburon All Optional Ceramic
    1998 Hyundai Elantra All To 8/16/98-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic
    2000 Hyundai Elantra All From 7/2/00-Optional Ceramic-,Optional Ceramic
    $42.80 Ships Free!
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  7. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZD687A

    Part Number: ZD687A
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2000 Volkswagen Jetta All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic
    2000-2002 Volkswagen Beetle L4 1.8L ,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2000-2002 Volkswagen Golf All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic
    2000-2005 Audi TT All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2000-2005 Audi TT Quattro All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2001 Volkswagen Jetta All Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2001 Volkswagen Golf All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor
    2001 Volkswagen Beetle L4 1.8L 288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2001 Audi TT Quattro All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2001-2006 Audi TT All Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2002 Volkswagen Jetta All 288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2002 Audi TT Quattro All Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2002-2004 Audi TT All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2003 Volkswagen Jetta All ,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2003 Volkswagen Golf All Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2003 Volkswagen Beetle L4 1.8L ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor
    2003 Audi TT All Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2004 Volkswagen Jetta All ,288mm Dia. Rotor-312mm Dia. Rotor-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic-,312mm Dia. Rotor-Incl. wear sensors-288mm Dia. Rotor-To VIN No. 9M5149999-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2004 Volkswagen Beetle L4 1.8L Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic
    2004 Audi TT Quattro All Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2004-2006 Volkswagen Golf All 288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2005 Volkswagen Jetta All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-,288mm Dia. Rotor-312mm Dia. Rotor-,Optional Ceramic-Optional Ceramic-,312mm Dia. Rotor-Incl. wear sensors-288mm Dia. Rotor-To VIN No. 9M5149999
    2005 Volkswagen Golf All ,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2005 Volkswagen Beetle L4 1.8L Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2006 Volkswagen Beetle All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic
    2006 Audi TT Quattro L4 1.8L ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2007 Volkswagen Beetle All Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic
    2008 Volkswagen Beetle All 288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2009 Volkswagen Beetle All ,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors
    2010 Volkswagen Beetle All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Optional Ceramic-Incl. wear sensors-,Optional Ceramic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-288mm Dia. Rotor
    $43.10 Ships Free!
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  8. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZX1333A

    Part Number: ZX1333A
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2010 Ford F-350 Super Duty All OE Semi-Metallic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-w/SRW-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,OE Semi-Metallic
    2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty All ,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-w/SRW-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty All ,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-w/SRW-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty All ,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Semi-Metallic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    $48.27 Ships Free!
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  9. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad MX605

    Part Number: MX605
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Drive Train Notes
    1993-1998 Toyota T100 All RWD ,OE Semi-Metallic-1 Ton-OE Semi-Metallic
    1994-1995 Toyota T100 All RWD OE Semi-Metallic-,OE Semi-Metallic-1 Ton
    1996-1997 Toyota T100 All RWD 1 Ton-OE Semi-Metallic-,OE Semi-Metallic
    $30.15 Ships Free!
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  10. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZX796

    Part Number: ZX796
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1999 Daewoo Lanos All ,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-To VIN No. 447433
    2000-2001 Daewoo Lanos All To VIN No. 447433-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic
    2002 Daewoo Lanos All OE Semi-Metallic-To VIN No. 447433-,OE Semi-Metallic
    $29.22 Ships Free!
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  11. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad QC725

    Part Number: QC725
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1997-2000 BMW 528i All Optional Ceramic
    $48.42 Ships Free!
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  12. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZX801

    Part Number: ZX801
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1998 Ford Contour GL All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor
    1999 Mercury Mystique All ,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors
    1999 Mercury Cougar All ,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors
    1999 Ford Contour Base All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic
    2000 Mercury Mystique All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor
    2000 Ford Contour Base All ,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors
    2000 Mercury Cougar All ,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor
    2001 Mercury Cougar All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic-Includes Electronic Wear Senor
    2002 Mercury Cougar All Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-w/Wear Sensor-,Includes Electronic Wear Senor-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Incl. wear sensors-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic
    $30.65 Ships Free!
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  13. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad ZD724

    Part Number: ZD724
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1999 Daewoo Leganza All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic
    1999 Daewoo Nubira All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    2000 Daewoo Nubira All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic
    2000-2001 Daewoo Leganza All OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    2001-2002 Daewoo Nubira All OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
    2002 Daewoo Leganza All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
    $27.49 Ships Free!
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  14. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad MX639

    Part Number: MX639
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1994-1997 BMW 850Ci All OE Semi-Metallic
    1994-1997 BMW 840Ci All OE Semi-Metallic
    $55.27 Ships Free!
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  15. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZX1497

    Part Number: ZX1497
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2011 Chevrolet Cruze All ,European Model-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-300mm Rotor-,Includes Installation Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-European Model-,OE Semi-Metallic-OE Semi-Metallic
    $40.58 Ships Free!
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  16. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad ZD731

    Part Number: ZD731
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1997-2012 Chevrolet Corvette All Optional Ceramic
    2004-2006 Cadillac XLR All Optional Ceramic
    2006-2009 Chevrolet Corvette Base All Optional Ceramic-w/L/D Brake-,Optional Ceramic-w/o H/D Brake
    2007-2009 Cadillac XLR All w/L/D Brake-,Optional Ceramic-w/o H/D Brake-Optional Ceramic
    2007-2010 Chevrolet Corvette Base All w/L/D Brake-,Optional Ceramic-w/o H/D Brake-Optional Ceramic
    2008 Chevrolet Corvette Base All ,Optional Ceramic-w/o H/D Brake-Optional Ceramic-w/L/D Brake
    2008 Cadillac XLR All w/o H/D Brake-Optional Ceramic-w/L/D Brake-,Optional Ceramic
    2011 Chevrolet Corvette Base All w/o H/D Brake-Optional Ceramic-w/L/D Brake-,Optional Ceramic
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  17. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad ZD732

    Part Number: ZD732
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1997-2004 Chevrolet Corvette All Optional Ceramic
    $34.96 Ships Free!
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  18. Wagner Brake Front Brake Pad QC1043

    Part Number: QC1043
    Position: Front
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2004 Pontiac GTO All OE Ceramic
    $52.54 Ships Free!
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  19. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad ZD743

    Part Number: ZD743
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • QuickStop
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    1986 Acura Integra All Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic
    1987-1988 Acura Integra All OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit-Includes Installation Hardware Kit
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    1989 Acura Integra All Includes Installation Hardware Kit-OE Ceramic-Incl. Inst. Hardware Kit
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  20. Wagner Brake Rear Brake Pad QC1048A

    Part Number: QC1048A
    Position: Rear
    Features:
    • ThermoQuiet
    Condition: New
    This product fits the following vehicles open
    Vehicle Engine Notes
    2005-2006 Pontiac GTO All OE Ceramic
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How to do it: Replacing your front and rear Brake Pads:

Replacing your car disc brake pads does not require any special tools and takes about an hour. Complete the replacement on one side before starting on the other side.
  1. Safely elevate the vehicle (do not rely solely on a jack). Remove the wheel so you can see the brake assembly.
  2. You’ll need to locate the two slider bolts holding the caliper in place and remove the bottom one.
  3. Pivot the caliper up and out of the way being careful not to disturb the hydraulic line (rubber hose). You should be able to see and evaluate the thickness of the brake pads (1/8 inch or less is too thin).
  4. Slide out the brake pads.
  5. Most new pads come with retaining clips. Snap them into place, matching the left and right as you go.
  6. Slide the new pads into place.
  7. Push back the pistons so you can lower the caliper into place. Most cars have one piston per caliper, but some have two. You need to push both back at the same time with steady pressure. In any case, be very careful that you don’t nick the rubber boot and seal around the pistons.
  8. Check the master cylinder often to ensure the brake fluid is not overflowing. If it is, siphon off some of the fluid. This fluid is higher with new pads and will naturally go down as the pads wear.
  9. The calipers should easily slip over the pads when the pistons are pulled back.
  10. At this point, you’re ready to replace and tighten the slider bolt. Re-mount the tire and be sure to tighten the lug nuts.
  11. Repeat the entire process for the other side of the front brakes. Be sure to keep monitoring the brake fluid level now that you’ve installed a new pad on the first side.
  12. Finally – test drive the car to be sure all is working properly. You may notice that the brake pedal seems to engage at a higher point than before. That’s normal.

Anything else I need to know?

Most cars today have disc brakes on the front and they typically wear out more quickly than the rear brakes. Rear brakes can be either disc or drum brakes, but disc brakes are more effective when wet and have a more direct response to the amount of pressure applied to the brake.

Disc brake pads can be made of a variety of friction materials depending on your vehicle’s braking requirements. Softer materials are quieter but are often not suitable for trucks and high performance cars that have more aggressive braking conditions and can wear out more quickly. Ceramic disc brake pads are light and durable, but ceramic brake pads are considerably more expensive.

Browse our selection of Disc Brake Pads available for your make and model. Our Live Support staff is available to answer your questions and guide you to the right choice and best value.