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  1. A brake job I let a mechanic do recently has come to haunt me. I found the invoice in some of my year-end housecleaning and I did web searches on the part numbers. He used the cheapest parts available, Pronto economy rotors and economy Wagner pads, essentially downgrading the braking performance of my car. As a career lead-foot, I feel that I must replace the pads and rotors before I take the car out on a road trip to avoid the possibility of a disastrous surprise in an emergency situation. This is a bit of an emergency because my wife and I may want to go to Atlantic City for New Year's, and the "culture" on the freeway to there from the Philly area is one where I would want OEM brake performance for safety reasons. I did some work and it looks like a good way to go is the PowerStop kit, part number K1543, which includes drilled and slotted rotors with matching ceramic pads for all four corners, including silencing springs and sensors, offered by Rock Auto for $252. I've looked at the instructions and everything looks good but one caveat caught my eye: "Do not use impact wrenches on Power Stop rotors under any circumstances." I'll call them tomorrow but I'm hoping that means the mounting bolts, not the lug nuts, because every pro mechanic that I have seen work uses special air tools to remove and mount wheels that have impact bits set to apply 95 lb-ft of torque to the lug nuts. I'm not keen on insisting that people use torque wrenches to mount my tires. The key question is, has anyone used PowerStop performance rotors (drilled and slotted), or their Z16 Evolution ceramic brake pads?
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