I have a 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe. This past weekend I got the passenger front rim changed (the earlier rim got bent due to a pothole on the freeway).
2 days after the rim change I started hearing a rather loud screeching noise from the same wheel. I took it back to the mechanic and he said that the brake pad has completely worn out (which is rather strange cos before I left the car with him for the rim replacement, everything seemed ok). Anyways, he said it's so bad that even the rotors are gone and I will have to replace them too. His quote was a whopping $500 to change the brake pads + rotors!
So I am here writing for some advice on this forum. I have a couple of questions:
1. I checked some brake pads prices online for 2004 Infiniti and they range from $20 to about $120. So I am totally confused which one to get. (The wheels on my car is 18" if that makes a difference). Someone told me that I should only put the most expensive Brembo brake pads on my car. Anything else will screw it up. Is that true?
2. How do I figure out myself if the rotors need to be replaced? I somehow don't trust that mechanic.
3. Any suggestions about the rotor brands/places to buy, etc.?
Any other helpful advice will be much appreciated.