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Old 01-20-2019, 02:14 PM   #1
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Question All around break replacement

Greetings to all!! We just bought our son a 2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport with 98,000 on a newly rebuilt engine. The car has been repaired extensively with new suspension, tires, timing belt, water pump, head gasket, manifold exchanged, tires and right side CV joint. It was a one owner sleeper that had been sitting quietly garaged but when it was brought out to play the engine blew a seal. The seller provided documentation of all the repairs done at a Subaru Performance Shop in Landsdown, Pa.
A few things did not get taken care of. All of the breaks are "Okay" but will need to be replaced sooner then later. I am looking for suggestions on type and possible brand of product to use or should I just try the Auto Part stores?
I am a fairly good mechanic and know automotive repair and replacement. I have a decent shop at home and can be resourceful when need be. I just want to know from the Subaru family if there are any particular items to be aware or to beware of.
Thanks for your time. I look forward to using the resources made available from all of you knowledgeable Owners out there!!
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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Rock Auto. Last time I had to do rear brakes on both our 04 outback and 13 crosstrek, I found rotor prices to be expensive. Like $39 each cheapest. Rock Auto had them for $10 each. I had free pads, buying with lifetime warranty at auto zone, so those ended up being free.

Watch the South St Auto video on brake pad replacement. Eric is really thorough. Take your time and do a good job and they'll work fine.
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:02 PM   #3
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you can buy the $10 rotors on rockauto but who knows if they are any good long term. i buy centric rotors (premium because i like the black paint to keep rust off) and stoptech "sport" pads and like them. and i bought them on rockauto. the sport pads make tons of brake dust though.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:57 PM   #4
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Thank you for the tip. I checked Rock Auto but was looking for a complete front and back set with hardware. I have used them before and will keep them in mind for future projects.
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Old 01-20-2019, 10:03 PM   #5
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I found a complete front and back set from Powerstop at Auto Parts Warehouse. It comes wit the front rotors, rear drums, shoes, pads and hardware. Since its a day to day driver I think these should work nicely.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:02 PM   #6
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You want to get rotors with some type of paint or ceramic type coating similar to the OE rotors. Since your in PA with road salt.

The cheap rotors from the typical auto parts stores and online are all bare cast iron. The flash rust is terrible after the first exposure to salt and after that they just flake away.

Also when buying brake pads, be sure to buy a set that comes both the back backing squeal shims as well as the pad slide shims.

90% of brake problems stem from the pads not moving in the caliper bracket due to rust. cooks the pads, warps the rotor, and in some cases nukes the caliper seals if hot enough.

Side note - DO NOT use any of that Brake anti squeal grease that AUTOZONE always tries to force customers to buy. Quality brake parts don't squeal, don't put lubricant on the face of the pad.
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Old 01-21-2019, 12:57 AM   #7
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doesnt the OBsport have rear disks?
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