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Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra #5350094 02/14/20 04:05 PM
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I have a 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L and the brakes need changing now.
I may as well change the rotors too, since they are relatively inexpensive.
On my SUV I used Hawk LTS pads and Premium Specialty Raybestos rotors with good success.
The Nissan is a 3rd backup vehicle for when either of the other 2 SUV's are in service, but I don't want to sacrifice quality on my selection.
Anyone with a recommendation for a good rotor and pad combination?

Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350097 02/14/20 04:05 PM
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Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350110 02/14/20 04:18 PM
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What Sentra do you have as they made a 1.8 and a 2.5 that year?
I'd put these on it. They are the best cheap pads in my experience that aren't junk: https://www.amazon.com/TRW-TPC0900-Premium-Ceramic-Brake/dp/B00897M4WI


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Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350111 02/14/20 04:20 PM
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Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350114 02/14/20 04:24 PM
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Last year, my mechanic installed Carquest Wearever YH141656 and GMKD462 ($250 including labor) on 2006 1.8S Sentra. So far so good.

Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350117 02/14/20 04:33 PM
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Pads, based on past experience with Hondas, always partial to Akebono Pro Act.

Rotors, guess it depends on how much you want to spend and how much rust protection. Based on Rock Auto description, the Raybestos Specialty Street do appear worth a look.

Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350124 02/14/20 04:44 PM
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Its a sentra... just get whatever with a lifetime warranty.

Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Gebo] #5350131 02/14/20 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Gebo
OEM.


Gah...before I even clicked on the topic I JUST KNEW within the first 5 replies someone would insist on OEM.

Anybody who works for a job designing ANYTHING can tell you that OEM is not always the best...everything has compromises/cost challenges and this is an economy car, where it is even more likely a quality aftermarket part could out-perform OEM. I've never owned a car in my life where all the parts remained OEM...THERE IS BETTER OUT THERE! (shocks, brakes, tires, exhaust, are just a few that come to mind)

Now, I'm not saying that is always the case...sometimes OEM is best, but take your time to do the research and don't just swallow the "OEM IS BEST" pill.


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Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350142 02/14/20 05:01 PM
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My vote is for Centric 105 PosiQuiet, Akebono Pro-Act or Bosch QuietCast/Perfect Stop Ceramic pads and 121 rotors.

As much as I refrain from using parts store pads, I've haven't heard too many issues from the Roulunds-made pads supplied to AutoZone and Advance/Carquest(Duralast Gold/C-Max and Wearever Gold/Platinum) and I wouldn't hesitate to use them on a Sentra either. I wouldn't be surprised if Nissan's Value Advantage pads were made in China or India as well. I've heard favorable things about Raybestos Element3 pads too. Just keep in mind an aftermarket pad won't have the same slotting/chamfering as the OEM pads and they will use a one-piece adhered shim rather than the 2-piece shim most Japanese cars use.


I'm not a fan of Wagner on most Japanese cars. They develop a clunk or pulsation after a while.

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If OEM parts are so good, why do the aftermarket parts I use to replace the oem parts, always last longer?.,,,

Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350155 02/14/20 05:19 PM
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86$ All four corners, http://www.rockauto.com/xx/cart/?cartid=e1c22a7e1dc071532f9a510db2466d4f

Pads give you all your feel and braking confidence. Cheap rotor all the way especially for a sentra.


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1 x RAYBESTOS EHT462H Element3; Hybrid Technology (Under Premium Brake pads)

2 x RAYBESTOS 980075FZN Element3; Coated Rotor (Under Coated Rotors)


These are a great pairing for the front I have used on several customers cars, from Rockauto


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Originally Posted by ad244
Its a sentra...just get whatever with a lifetime warranty is cheapest.

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Re: Rotor and Pads Recommendation for 2004 Sentra [Re: Fitz98] #5350189 02/14/20 06:05 PM
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Those Raybestos Element 3 rotors and EHT pads (as Jimzz recommends) are pretty good. Wow, less than $16 for the rotors at RA? I have these on front and rear of my 06 Odyssey. So far so good here in Massachusetts winter. No corrosion noted yet. They stop well and look good. Good value IMO.

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Akebono pads and Powerstop Geomet coated rotors smile

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