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#4531093 - 10/01/17 11:40 AM '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations
Mantooth Online   content


Registered: 07/26/15
Posts: 478
Loc: Southern Indiana
Rotors on the wife's Journey are about shot, vibration has gotten to the point where its almost unbearable. The brakes on this vehicle has been its weak link and has been a problem since we bought the car. Back in 2015, my wife found this car in Cincinnati optioned with everything she was looking for. We drove up there one Sunday, bought it, and she drove it home. Halfway home - the rotors warped. Took it to a dealer the next day and they would not repalce them. They stated the manufacturer called for turning them and would not cover replacement. Fast forward 2 years and 50,000 miles of rural hwy / interstate driving and they are shot.

My question is: what are some good replacements brands? I've considered going with OE but I'm open to other brands that may have better quality/performance?

Thanks!

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#4531108 - 10/01/17 12:10 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
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Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
Akebono makes very nice zinc coated rotors that are comparable to OEM, although I see alot of similarities between them and the Textar and Bosch brand. They both have a shinier silver coating, where the Ake are more OE zinc, but the packaging is identical. All quality. Same goes for the pads, Ive put Bosch on alot of cars and they are a nice lower dust OE replacement, whereas Textar is OE but more dusty. Akebono makes great pads as well.
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#4531109 - 10/01/17 12:11 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 05/25/05
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There are two schools of thought.

1)Replace with OR or the best aftermarket you can afford(Brembo/Centric Premium/Raybestos ProGrade etc.)

2)Replace with the least expensive rotors you can find as they're(Best & Economy) are all about the same per vehicle.

As far as pads go, I like ceramic. Middle of the line to the better ones.

Others will chime in with their opinions.
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#4531112 - 10/01/17 12:16 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
I've had good luck with Centric rotors, didn't warp or Powerstop rotors.

Pads, anything Ceramic, I'd use Centric, Powerstop, Akebono...
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#4531115 - 10/01/17 12:18 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Brembo rotors from Tire Rack are always a solid choice.

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#4531127 - 10/01/17 12:34 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Slick17601]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4741
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Slick17601
Brembo rotors from Tire Rack are always a solid choice.


I'm part of the second school of thought, get cheap rotors and good pads. Had Brembo before, they also warped. Got better pads and the rotors stopped warping even with cheap rotors. One popular theory is that the warping is from brake pad material on the rotors. That's why the cheap rotor/good pad theory is popular also.

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#4531135 - 10/01/17 12:43 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Mantooth
Back in 2015, my wife found this car in Cincinnati optioned with everything she was looking for. We drove up there one Sunday, bought it, and she drove it home. Halfway home - the rotors warped. Took it to a dealer the next day and they would not repalce them.


Good God, which dealer was this? I used to live down there and ones of the reasons I bought a car four hours away to avoid the dealers in that area.

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#4531138 - 10/01/17 12:44 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 480
Loc: Vienna, VA
I agree with getting mid level centric rotors and good pads. We have economy centric rotors on the matrix and they are excellent. No rusting and no vibrations. I've had top dollar rotors warp and cheapest of the cheap go 5 years with no vibrations.
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#4531141 - 10/01/17 12:46 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: TinyVoices]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
I agree with getting mid level centric rotors and good pads. We have economy centric rotors on the matrix and they are excellent. No rusting and no vibrations. I've had top dollar rotors warp and cheapest of the cheap go 5 years with no vibrations.


Sweet, thanks for this. Need new rotors on the 05 Matrix. Still have the originals on there and they have a lip of rust around them. Kind of dragged my feet a bit because of all the options.

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#4531146 - 10/01/17 12:52 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: SatinSilver]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 480
Loc: Vienna, VA
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Originally Posted By: TinyVoices
I agree with getting mid level centric rotors and good pads. We have economy centric rotors on the matrix and they are excellent. No rusting and no vibrations. I've had top dollar rotors warp and cheapest of the cheap go 5 years with no vibrations.


Sweet, thanks for this. Need new rotors on the 05 Matrix. Still have the originals on there and they have a lip of rust around them. Kind of dragged my feet a bit because of all the options.


I put centric ceramic pads on it and centric c-tek standard rotors. Working perfectly. Quiet, stops well, smooth.
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#4531151 - 10/01/17 12:55 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: TinyVoices]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Good info on the pads as well. Where did you order them from? Thanks in advance. smile

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#4531176 - 10/01/17 01:23 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 480
Loc: Vienna, VA
Rock auto. Great prices.
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#4531254 - 10/01/17 03:23 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6135
Loc: USA
Coated rotors are a MUST to stop the rust. Non-coated rotors rust overnight. Centric Premium or Wagner E-shield rotors are both good choices.

For pads, the best choices are Akebono ProACT, Wagner Thermoquiet or OEX.

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#4531302 - 10/01/17 04:09 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: Mantooth]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13466
Loc: Chicago, IL
Rotors don't really warp, folks -- they just get uneven pad deposits. Even StopTech (who is owned by Centric) has written whitepapers about this.
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#4531303 - 10/01/17 04:10 PM Re: '15 Journey rotor and brake recommendations [Re: SatinSilver]
Mantooth Online   content


Registered: 07/26/15
Posts: 478
Loc: Southern Indiana
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Originally Posted By: Mantooth
Back in 2015, my wife found this car in Cincinnati optioned with everything she was looking for. We drove up there one Sunday, bought it, and she drove it home. Halfway home - the rotors warped. Took it to a dealer the next day and they would not repalce them.


Good God, which dealer was this? I used to live down there and ones of the reasons I bought a car four hours away to avoid the dealers in that area.

Technically, it wasn't Cincy. Wyler Jeep-Dodge in Fort Thomas had the exact color and options the wife wanted. Their price beat all our local dealers. Local Journeys had fewer options with a high price tag. Finding an AWD was like finding a unicorn. Louisville isn't the best market to get a car (unless you have a hook up.)
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