Readily available, not online, brake pads?

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  1. pcwerk
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    hello all,
    i'm going to try and do a "simple" pad replacement on my wife's 08 OB
    as i took the wheels off and rotors look very good. (my wife is against it
    and wants a "professional" to do it but i think i can manage...she still brings
    up when some old calipers froze up and started smoking after the last brake
    job i did ;) anyhoo, i just got a quote for medium quality (SS) brakes from NAPA
    for $116.75 and wondered if anyone recommends a similar product at a local parts
    store, or maybe i should get Subaru brake pads? everything looks brand new on
    this o8 so i don't think i will have any issues with frozen calipers this time!
    thanks, jim
    edited to add; she does regular city driving and and its a std tranny so i don't
    drive it much.
     
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    Personally I like the OEM pads as they come with all new hardware and grease. If the brake pedal doesn't pulsate upon application and there are not deep groves worn into the rotors, you're OK replacing just the pads. My experience has been that the front rotors will last through two sets of pads and will still measure out above minimum thickness...but not a lot however. I would take the time to apply fresh silicone brake grease to the caliper pins and clean up any rust on sliding surfaces.

    There are a large number of how to videos on YouTube that are Subaru specific...watch a few. Brakes...always a job that should be done properly and thoroughly.
     
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    You’re not just a pretty face and a smart ass. You’re helpful too!
     
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    I can be when I choose to...that just happens very rarely nowadays.
     
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    There’s more to changing pads than most people realize. Don’t overlook wiping off and lubricate the slides.
     
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    Thanks Pillboy! I will check with the dealership to see how much they cost. Yes, there are tons
    of videos online :)
     
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    thanks, i will do so.
     
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    OE pads list for ~$85 an axle. $116.75 for NAPA is ludicrous, that better come with rotors. The decent NAPA ones should be about $35.

    I buy AutoZone pads. Their lifetime warrant covers wear, so you'll never have to buy pads as long as you own the car. Gold pads with hardware should also be in the $35 range.
     
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    Thanks Chux, i was going to call the dealership today but never found the time. The
    NAPA pads weren't even top of the line!
    jim
     

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