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2007 uplander rear brake repair - what type of brake pads came as original equipment? Ceramic or semi-metalic? The dealer service states that the original were semi-metalic. I've replaced the front pads twice and replace the front rotors once. Does anyone have any photos of the stages of rear brake pad replacement? An inspection at the dealer resulted in their suggesting replacement of both the rear brake pads and rotors. Where may rear jack stands be placed in order to service the rear brakes? What problems will I encounter with the rear brakes due to the emergency brake attachment? Unfortunately the only manual that exists is from the manufacture not Haynes. Please advise. Thanks, Vernon Sanborn

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Pads last about 20k, rotors about 40,for the fronts and about 30/50 for the rears,they are all semi metallic.if you look under the car you will see the places for the jack(not to be used when working on the car OTHER than replacing a tyre.)for all manuals see "manuals"on this website(i am in england...)

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This tip is about Car and Truck brakes. The different kinds of friction materials use to make the linings, and a few brake suppliers that you can trust... The Brake Stops Here.

Your vehicles brakes are the single most important piece of safety equipment you have. Without good brakes you are driving a deadly weapon. I am often asked "what are the best kind of brakes?" or "who makes the best brakes?" Let's take a further look in to these questions.

There are many different kinds of friction materials on the market--obviously you want the brakes to perform as good, if not better than the original factory equipment (OEM)--- So what are your choices? OEM brake pads? Premium aftermarket brake pads? Standard or economy grade aftermarket brake pads? Carbon - Carbon metallic - Semi-metallic - Ultra Premium or Ceramic. As you can see it's easy to get confused.

The decisions you make regarding which kind of brake pads to use is an important one because the wrong choice can create noise and wear problems you did not have before. Noise complaints are the number one reason motorist will return to complain about a brake job. Based on my experience, most noise problems are created from semi-metallic pads and/or the lack of "anti squeal" shims behind the pads-- Premium Ceramic pads are what i recommend & install on most all the brake jobs i do. Ceramics are lighter in color & will produce less brake dust, which will help keep those nice alloy wheels clean.
On some high end European cars, i will install a carbon or carbon metallic pad...On a 15 year old truck that is used on the farm, we can save a little money with a lesser quality or economy pad.

One thing to keep in mind about ceramic pads is that they are not all created equal. In other words, "ceramic" is not a generic term for a type of pad material. It is a marketing buzzword for the latest & greatest pad, that covers a wide spectrum of different friction products. The only thing they have in common is that they all contain some type of ceramic as an ingredient... One companies pads may contain 20 different ceramic formulas vs another companies 2 or 3.

Premium friction materials typically provide the best combination of stopping power, fade resistance, noise and wear. They also command a higher price, which more motorist are willing to pay on late-model, luxury cars and light trucks.

The bottom line is that premium grade pads are almost always the best choice. Don't skimp on quality---Premium pads most always provide the best combination of braking performance, noise control and wear & are engineered for your specific vehicle. At the end of the day, they will provide the best all-round value for the money.
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As far as brake suppliers, Bendix - Raybestos - EBC - Wagner, with any of these you can't wrong. Brembo makes a good brake also, "High Performance" but IMO, they are over-rated & priced.

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NO it does not require ceramic brakes. The ceramic brakes are just a different option to the type of brake pads available out on the market.
The ceramic brakes uses ceramic which helps keep the wheels cleaner. Ceramic brakes has less brake dust then conventional brake pads like the Semi metallic brake pads which leave more brake dust on the the wheels.
Note though that ceramic brake pads are harder and last longer with less brake fade then the conventional brake pads. The only thing about the ceramic is that they don't work as good as the conventional brake pads till the heat up during hard braking.
In short the difference between the two, ceramic last longer but you go through replacing your rotor every time you replace your brake pads and there is no brake fade but weak till they heat up.
Semi Metallic brake pads almost last as long, and leave more coating of brake dust on your wheels. Your rotor will last longer and great brakes and will have a slight brake fade when over heated from hard stopping from hight speeds.
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$60 for the set of pads (left and right)
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