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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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2008 Pontiac G6 front/rear brakes/rotors replacement parts

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I know this has been written on before, and I feel confident in replacing the front/rear brakes pads/rotors for my car, but where are the best places to buy parts from? I live in Canada in southwestern Ontario, so I'd prefer to head somewhere get them. Also, what's the best manufacture and product to go with? I'd rather get something that's going to last than something I'll have to fix again in a year and preferably something with a good warranty on them.

When I went to the dealer they quoted me ACDelco Durastop lifetime warranty front/rear pads for $82 each side, advantage front/rear rotors $75 each side and labour at 1.4 hours for about $900 total including taxes. I think I can get something far cheaper than that.

Here's some of the stuff I've read/watched about replacing brakes.

https://www.g6ownersclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8023

Also, here's two videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SifLTTSHlzs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVlvz3Xtbz0

Thanks for any advice/help thrown my way!
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I've had terrible luck with brakes on my 08 g6. I had brakes and rotors go within 20k originally, the I assumed it was my driving habits (I drive almost exclusively highway and my other car doesn't act like this but whatever). First time I had the dealership install factory replacement parts at a huge expense; again, within 20k the brakes & rotors needed replacing again. After that I gave up -- I started buying the cheapest crap parts from Pep Boys because they were going to go bad anyways. You can replace both fronts yourself in under an hour for around $100 total in parts (if you shop deals/use coupons). Funny enough the cheap parts last longer than the OE replacements. I never trust that 'lifetime' warranty offer. Tried that on a previous vehicle and they wouldn't replace them due to wear; only mfr defects....

I've pretty much resigned myself to spending an hour or 2 in the garage every few months to replace brakes etc.

EDIT: Those A1 videos are top notch -- I am willing to try anything in the garage that doesn't' involve lifting the engine and I always search out videos from them first as they are steady, straight to the point and well narrated. Never used them for the brakes but watch a good bit of the first one and it exactly is as described.

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My factory OEM rotors warp like crazy so I replace mine every 2 years with cheap Chinese made ones. They cost a fraction of the price and are no better or worse than original OEM parts.
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I ended up remembering that my friend's dad is a mechanic and that he also owns a race car, so I gave him a call and he ordered parts and sold them to me at cost. That saved a ton of money since it was $200 total for mid-grade front and back pads/rotors.
I ended up replacing them with a friend and it took about 45 minutes per wheel, but we were also taking our time.
The only issue we ran into was when we needed the "borg tool" (disk brake piston tool) on the back brakes and we had misplaced it. Other than that, I highly recommend anyone that has nice weather or access to a garage to do the brakes yourself and save a few bucks, especially since I've read the G6 can be hell on brakes.
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I too have gone through my share of brake pads and rotors on my 08 G6. I just replaced the back rotors and pads myself for a combined cost of $64. I found that simply ordering the parts online and then picking up at the store usually includes a $10 coupon so that's what i did. I just got the wearever brand rotors and cheapest pads. I found a more expensive pad , like ceramic, only chews up the rotors faster, squeal like all hell, and didn't show any noticeable improvement in stopping distance.

08' G6 Sedan, 2.4L Auto 174,800 miles

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Huh, that's interesting that you're finding ceramic pads are chewing up the rotors faster. The first set of pads I had were non-ceramic and they were used up extremely quickly. I had to have everything grinded down every 20,000 km until I switched to ceramic and didn't have an issue until well after 60,000 km. Even then, it was only the back driver side pad that was gone and rotor worn out. The other three sides still had at least 20,000 km in them. I noticed a definite difference in my car since the pulling when I braked stopped.
I don't know how strict they are with their warranty on pads, but ACDelco has a lifetime warranty on their pads. When I called a local dealer, they only needed a part number to get new ones for a customer. It might be worth a call to a GM dealer to see if that's true since if you have issues constantly replacing them, a guaranteed replacement for free might be worth it. Just a thought!
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