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I am going to instal new brakes on my 02 denali. Is it necessary to turn the rotors? Are there less expensive brake pads than the GMC stock pads, that are as good?

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If the rotor surface is smooth, then NO, you do not have to turn them.
If the rotor surface looks like someone has ran a heavy chisel around them, then YES.
I have found that a lot of auto parts and repair shops are not turning rotors or drums anymore because the cost of replacing them with a NEW part, in some circumstances, is not that much more money.
Do Yourself a favor and check out the price or a set of NEW rotors & pads at an auto parts store.

Personally, I rarely go to a dealership to get parts. I have found that most of the parts from a good auto parts store are just as good and sometimes better & cheaper than a dealer...
BUT! that is my opinion.

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  1. Release the park brake.
  2. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  4. Mark the relationship of the rotor to the hub.
  5. Remove the brake caliper bracket mounting bolts.
Notice: Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from it's mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected. Failure to support the caliper in this manner will cause the flexible brake hose to bear the weight of the caliper, which may cause damage to the brake hose and in turn may cause a brake fluid leak.

  1. Remove the brake caliper and brake caliper bracket as an assembly and support with heavy mechanic's wire or equivalent. DO NOT disconnect the hydraulic brake flexible hose from the caliper.
  2. Remove the rotor retaining push nuts from the wheel studs, if applicable.
  3. It may be necessary to strike the end of the hub or the rotor with a deadblow hammer to separate the rotor from the hub.
  4. Remove the rotor by slowly fuming the rotor while pulling the rotor away from the axle.
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Notice: Whenever the brake rotor has been separated from the wheel bearing flange, clean any rust or foreign material from the mating surface of the rotor and flange with the J42450 hub cleaning kit. Failure to do this may result in increased lateral runout of the rotor and brake pulsation.


  1. Use the J42450-A to clean all rust and contaminants from the mating surface of the hub flange.
  2. Use the J41013 to clean all rust and contaminants from the inside diameter of the hub section of the brake rotor to prevent any foreign material from getting between the brake rotor and the hub flange.
  3. Install the rotor by slowly fuming the rotor while pushing the rotor towards the axle.
  4. Install the caliper and the bracket as an assembly to the vehicle.
  5. Perform the following procedure before installing the caliper bracket mounting bolts.
    • Remove all traces of the original adhesive patch.
    • Clean the threads of the bolt with brake parts cleaner or the equivalent and allow to dry.
    • Apply Threadlocker GM P/N 12345493 (Canadian P/N 10953488) to the threads of the bolt.
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  1. Install the caliper bracket mounting bolts.
    • For the 15 Series, tighten the brake caliper bracket mounting bolts to 175 Nm (129 ft. lbs.).
    • For the 25 series, tighten the brake caliper bracket mounting bolts to 300 Nm (221 ft. lbs.).
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  2. Lower the vehicle.
  3. With the engine OFF, gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately 2/3 of its travel distance.
  4. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  5. Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps 9-10 until a firm pedal is obtained. This will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
  6. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level with clean brake fluid.

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