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I need to replace my front pads and rotors soon. 2000 S 430.

I would like advice on brands.

I am looking at:

Centric
Beck Arnley
EBC

But if you have another brand to reccomend then please do.

I am leaning towards 36month Beck Arnley Pads and Centric Premium Rotors...

Also, any advice on "gotchas" like I should always have new pins or set screws before starting the job, etc?

Thanks ahead.
 

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Are you looking to do the work yourself? Do you need advice on the tools and procedures?

For what it is worth, this is one of the few areas that I stick with parts from Benz. They fit and I never have a problem with noise.

When I do my brakes I order up the following:

Rotors
Pads
Sensors
Rotor Set Screws (every other time)
 

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I would go with Mbz pads ($69) and rotors ($92 each) at parts.com.
The pads are made by Jurid.
 

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Lately I replace the rotors and pads on my E320 wagon, I purchased a set of Balo, non drilled OEM, $105, a set of akebono for $65 with 2 pad sensors from autopartswarehouse.com. The Balo rotor is very good and well balanced. Pads are excellent. Get a drilled rotor as OEM required, it can be Zimmerman. I do not replace the set screws, just use some blue lock tie which you need that for the Caliper Bracket Mounting bolts too. If you life in the sun belt, you do not need the Zinc coated rotor, as long as you do not have rusting issue with your car. Actually, I worry more that the rotor will fall off the hub once the set screw is detached. So I jacked the service wheel side higher than the other and the rotor will stayed hanged after the set screw is off. I am running in the pads and the stopping is just like 10 yrs ago. Just buy German parts and do not waste your money on the Italian made. Balo or Zimmerman.
 

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By the way, your front rotor need to be at least 30 mm before you should put a set of new pads. Service limit is 29.4 mm. If your rotor is less than 29.4 mm, stop using it, you must replace that immediately. New rotor is 32 mm.
 
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