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Wanting to upgrade brakes.


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A while back my brakes were squeaking. I changed the front pads, but the squeaking continued. I then took the truck to a shop, told them what I had done and asked them to figure out what to do about the squeaking. They said no issues but maybe rotor needed to be turned and that no one around turns rotors any longer. Just recently the squealing stopped and a grinding noise has started along with very aggressive stopping power. Today I brought the truck to a different shop. They supposedly changed hardware on front brakes and charged over $200. Thing is I don't notice any difference - still have grinding noise and harsh stopping. I want to upgrade for better stopping when loaded or pulling a trailer. Any suggestions on pads and rotors?
 


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I'm wondering if you might have a wheel bearing issue. Jack up one of the front sides and try to push the tire around. If it moves, it's probably the bearing. I had a similar issue with mine, minus the braking changing.
 

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I bought cross drilled slotted rotors made by Detroit Axle. I noticed they work better in the rain. I'm somewhat sure there is less fade. It might be nice for hauling a trailer or an emergency stop at high speed.
 

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I bought cross drilled slotted rotors made by Detroit Axle. It's a nice upgrade but nothing to write home about. I noticed they work better in the rain. I'm somewhat sure there is less fade, but it's hard to tell. It might be nice for hauling a trailer or an emergency stop at high speed.
A grinding noise might also be wheel bearings.
 

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