Rotors and brake pads

Tiny
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  • 2005 TOYOTA SIENNA
  • 3.3L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 116,000 MILES
I purchased Raybestos rotors. Can I use carbon fiber brake pads with non-carbon fiber rotors?
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 AT 9:32 AM

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Tiny
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Hi PCULQUI,

Stock-type pads will work fine but it really depends on how you drive the car. Some makers of drilled/slotted rotors will specify what type of pads can (and cannot) be used with them. Ceramic pads can be a good choice if you don't want the brake pad dust. Look at the Raybestos ceramic pads. Very little dust, quiet, and ceramics have excellent bite when cold. Once they get a bit of heat in them, they work very well for street use or "spirited" driving.

There is a misconception though that carbon ceramics will allow the car to stop faster. That is not true. They only have a longer life span than the steel carbon brakes.

Hope this helps. Glenn
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 AT 10:38 AM
Tiny
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I am purchasing Akebono brake pads. Will these be good with the Raybestos rotors for no dust and instant braking?
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 AT 3:25 PM
Tiny
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I see the Akebono pads are carried by NAPA and Pep Boys in my area, and likely carried by others. Manufacturers of rotors and pads may (and usually do) have trade secrets on their composition, materials, design, but that doesn't mean mixing manufacture's parts is detrimental. That in itself, would not make much business sense, and many have a "Satisfaction Guarantee".

The "instant breaking" would entirely be judgmental by you. Your driving habits, road conditions, tire conditions, and many other things effect them. Basically, what your neighbor says is great, you might think they stink. As stated above, if you are not satisfied return/exchange them. And, it's the ceramic pads that have reduced dust compared to other types.

Check this site for a good comparison of brake pad materials:
https://www.bridgestonetire.com/tread-and-trend/drivers-ed/ceramic-vs-metallic-brake-pads#

Glenn
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 AT 11:21 PM

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