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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-18-2014, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Now that I finally got the races out of the hub and changed the bearings on my 380sl, I'm getting ready to change my pads and rotors.

So I was wondering if you guys would be kind of enough to tell me, if you can, whether I'm assured of getting Textar pads if I buy pads that sellers label Original Equipment or Genuine.

I'm asking because I've been using Textar for years, and never had a squeak or squeal. In contrast, I see that many people who have used Pagid which -- if I'm not mistaken -- is an OE supplier, reported squeaking and squealing.

In addition, I plan on replacing my rotors with OE rotors, so I'd like to have the same set up the car originally had.

Thanks very much in advance for the info.
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From what I have read and used it would appear that more complaints from Pagid as more use Pagid. TMD makes both Textar and Pagid.

If the basic rules are followed re the greasing of the rear of the pads, then none should squeak, some may for the first few mile while the gasses are still escaping.


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For me, the understanding of OEM or OE parts are different.

OE is genuine MB parts with MB packaging and logo.
OEM is a manufacturer who makes MB parts, the parts will fit but it may not follow MB specs.

Nowadays I am going with OE because the term OEM is quite confusing. For instance, we all know that Mann supplies air and oil filters for MB. If they make spark plugs, some online stores would call this an OEM parts because Mann is indeed in the vendor list of MB.
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Welcome to sale advertisement gimmicks.
I put Akebono pads and am really impressed with them. Clean wheels, 80,000 miles and I still have about 75% of them left.
I quit putting any silencers on pads about 10 years ago. Just make sure everything is clean (and with no rust in CA it is easy) and no squeaks on any car or truck.
Did I mention clean wheels?

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We have to use brake pad grease on the backing plates of pads in the salt belt. The corrosion will create squeaking from any pad after just part of one winter if the car is a daily driver.

Ceramics are great for low dust and clean wheels.
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