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    Brakes can work better

    There are some things you can do when you need new brakes to keep them as good or better than new. First is use a good quailty pad and rotor that matches the pad you are useing. Second clean everything all bolts, sliders, brackets, hubs where the rotor mounts,remove rust and grime. Rpelace worn parts like caliper slides or even mounting brackets if the brake pad has wore a grove in it. Third upon reassembly use a good brake lube on moving parts but only enough to get it wet. Now fourth and most argueable is bleed the brakes or flush the system. Brkae fluid dose not wear out but it is hydoscopic mean that it will asborb water and this causes poor brakeing and internal rust.

    I said use a pad and rotor that matches. Not all a compatable. On the extreme useing something like EBC pads and economy rotors can create a poorer braking issue than before the brake job. Do not assume that the expencive pads will stop you better. Pads are only a small part of the system. I know the new stuff stops well but a great upgrade to an older Camaro is larger brakes. When adding HP you will need to stop it.
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    Every time I change my oil I suck out everything from the brake fluid reservoir and it keeps it pretty much new so I can get away without flushing when I do brakes.. Only takes a few minutes each time and I even do it with the power steering fluid maybe every other time. Using this method I will push in the calipers and then suck what pushes back into the reservoir again which is still nice clean fluid but being hydroscopic I don't take chances.

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    The only thing I would add is bleeding the brakes. The fluid in the calipers gets beat up by heat and they are the lowest part if the system and that were stuff collects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alloyhead427 View Post
    The only thing I would add is bleeding the brakes. The fluid in the calipers gets beat up by heat and they are the lowest part if the system and that were stuff collects.
    Very True..

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    I want to add this. My dad was doing brakes on his Caviler. Pushed the calipers back and changed the rotors and pads. Afterward the ABS light was on. Took it to a friends shop and found the ABS uint went bad. Thought it was coincidence but ended up being pushing fluid backward though the unit caused an internal issue. Had to replace the unit $1200 with labor. So if ya have ABS crimp the rubberhose, break the bleeder push the fluid out. Truthfull thats how I do all brake jobs even drums. Used to be push'em back and pump the brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alloyhead427 View Post
    I want to add this. My dad was doing brakes on his Caviler. Pushed the calipers back and changed the rotors and pads. Afterward the ABS light was on. Took it to a friends shop and found the ABS uint went bad. Thought it was coincidence but ended up being pushing fluid backward though the unit caused an internal issue. Had to replace the unit $1200 with labor. So if ya have ABS crimp the rubberhose, break the bleeder push the fluid out. Truthfull thats how I do all brake jobs even drums. Used to be push'em back and pump the brakes.
    Yeah.. not the way to learn but good to share so we can avoid doing the same! Thanks..

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