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CD4Accord wrote:You did the right thing.. The rotors are worth way more than the pads so changing them was a good call..
I generally love pads that have the shims already part of it.. It is usually a mark of quality..
While you are at it, bleed the brakes and use a good quality brake fluid.. Castrol GT-LMA is my favourite at about $35 a bottle.. You will get 2.5 years use out of it easily..
CD4Accord wrote:X_factor, I am actually surprised that you were able to "get some fade" from DOT 4 fluid...
From my experience, fluid doesnt really tend to fade in a gradual way, it is more of a fluid liquid = brakes, fluid gas = pedal to the floor completely no brakes..
The only exception I have experienced is when using old fluid where the boiling point has been reduced SIGNIFICANTLY..
Generally, I try to buy brake fluid from popular places that move stock, ie. the fluid has not been sitting on the shelf for too long.. Believe it or not, brake fluid is so hygroscopic that it even absorbs water when in a sealed container...
I have a suspicion that whatever fade you would have felt could be attributed to the pad instead of the fluid.
All DOT 4 fluid has to conform to the spec minimum Dry boiling point 230 °C (446 °F), wet boiling point 155 °C (311 °F)..
Anything that you get above that is just a bonus based on the quality of the fluid.
If I am not mistaken, the lockheed dot4 has a DBP of 270C and WBP of 173C...
This is actually 5 and 18 degrees C higher than the much vaunted Castrol GT-LMA ,my favourite DOT 4 for normal use.. (ATE SuperBlue Racing DOT4 is my favourite for any sportscars)
The point of all this is that your fluid is probably not to blame, but no harm trying a different product. I have had only good luck with all Total products..
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