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GRed 07-27-2013 07:51 PM

Ceramic pads from eBay vs autozone or other store
I have a 04 Hyundai Santa fe 3.5 I was curious if getting ceramic pads from eBay vs autozone although autozone now is scrutinizing them more on return for defect not so much on replacement when It came time to another brake jobfor their free replacement. Autozone wants 35.99, eBay ranges 18.99 to 27.99 it doesn't appear to have hardware for either.
Ebay...Complete Set of Front and Rear Premium Brake Pads with Lifetime Warranty (Fits: 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe) 27.70

Is it worth buying online or just from your local store? I won't have this car another 3yrs at most.


cjm94 07-27-2013 07:57 PM

If you don't mind brake noise. Most cheap pads you will get some squeaking.

GRed 07-27-2013 08:19 PM

Cjm94' explain...are you saying both are cheap...keep in mind I'm not keeping this car at most 2-3 yrs

cjm94 07-27-2013 08:40 PM

Cheaper pads are made of lower quality materials and tend to make noise. A quality set of pads are usually around $50-60. Not saying you are guaranteed to get noise, but its why our shop will not use cheap pads we are tired of complaints of noise

GRed 07-27-2013 08:46 PM

I totally hear what your saying but...what about you buy what you can afford and within reason.being it will be history in 2 yrs or so..maybe sooner. If I had a high end vehicle I would put down 50-60 or more on a set. But for this car I'm trying to get an answer if its worth buying online vs the local stores

cjm94 07-27-2013 08:52 PM

Buy the best you can afford. They are your brakes not an area you want to get too cheap with.

GRed 07-27-2013 09:13 PM

That I totally agree !!!!!!question.....should the hardware be replaced"

cjm94 07-27-2013 09:18 PM

Should but if not too rusted can be cleaned up and put caliper grease and all moving parts.

GRed 07-27-2013 09:26 PM

Cool...I appreciate your time I haven't purchased them yet but will look for the rust. Another question.... I seem on youtube that there is 2 Phillip screws on each rotor that require a punch of some kind ????

GRed 07-27-2013 09:31 PM

I do greese up all parts that should be...

cjm94 07-27-2013 09:32 PM

Yes they seize in there you may need an impact driver. It's a tool you hit with a hammer to break the screws loose. You may end up having to drill the head of the screw off to remove the rotor. They aren't required to use not all aftermarket rotors will even have the holes to screw them back in place.

GRed 07-27-2013 09:44 PM

Ok soo most likely they will be either seized or frozen or rusted and if so I will drill the head off and not worry about them. I did read about them. So just the head needs to drilled off and the screw left.

cjm94 07-27-2013 09:47 PM

Yea you will need to grind them flush with the hub

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