The team at BuyBrakes.com is on a mission to get you the right brake pad and rotor kit for the right price. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive or the way you like to drive it, we’ve got the best selection of combination pad and rotor kits and the best brands money can buy. We’ve even ranked each pad and rotor kit by performance, stopping power, and more. And when you buy from us, you can rest assured you're getting the best:
Should you replace brake pads and rotors together? The short answer is probably, assuming you can afford to do so. While brake rotors do not usually wear away, they often become damaged from use. Brake pads can leave a deposit of superheated pad material on the surface of the brake rotors during hard use. These deposits will make the rotors feel as if they're bent or warped during normal braking, causing the steering wheel to wobble. While it's true that brake rotors can be reground to remove the deposits, the cost of grinding a brake rotor smooth is nearly as high as the the cost of replacing the rotor (often, the cost of grinding a rotor is higher). What's more, griding the rotor doesn't always fix the problem.
If your vehicle's brake rotors are in pristine condition, with no noticeable steering wobble or grinding noises under braking, odds are your rotors are OK. But if you've noticed noises or wobble - or if your rotors have become rusted and corroded - it's smart to replace them when you replace your brake pads.
And if you buy pads and rotors together as part of a brake kit, you can make sure the pads and rotors compliment one another. All of the brake brands we offer carefully pair up rotors with pads, maximizing both performance and durability. Many people report big improvements in brake performance after replacing both rotors and pads with a purpose-built kit (like the kits we offer).
In a word, no. There are lots of excellent YouTube videos showing how to remove both pads and rotors, and very likely there is a tutorial on YouTube for your specific make and model.
All of the brake pad and rotor kits we offer include all the required parts, so you don't have to worry about not having what you need after you get started with replacement. And most people find brake pad and rotor replacement to be fairly straightforward - not much more difficult than changing a tire.
There are a few tools that you absolutely must have, and a few others that will make your life easier - this blog post goes into more detail about both types. First, let's talk about tools you absolutely need to replace brake pads and rotors:
Some vehicles may also require a brake bleeder (a tool designed to bleed the brake system and remove air bubbles), but it is not always the case. You'll have to read up on your specific vehicle to know for sure. And if you need a brake bleeder you'll definitely need brake fluid too.
Tools you don't need but that are very nice to have:
If this seems like a lot of tools, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
The best brake pad and rotor combination is the one that best matches your driving style. If, for example, you are pushing your vehicle hard, a performance set of pads and rotors will give you better performance. Of course, performance pads and rotors will wear out more quickly than a set of pads and rotors designed for daily driving. The key is to find the right balance.
We typically recommend buying the best set of pads and rotors you can afford for your driving style. If you're looking for good performance kit, a StopTech Stage 2 pad and rotor kit has slotted and drilled rotors along with performance pads. If you need a good set of pads and rotors for daily commuting, a Goodyear Premium Brake Kit could be the best option.