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The ceramic brake grease is absolutely needed IMO, because of high temperature developed during braking. If one has a laser temperature meter, he would be amazed to see how hot they are immediately after stopping in the driveway. If going in montain roads or even towing is worse.

Also I am not worried to find OE pads, Akebono, Power Stop, or Brembo are available on Amazon are very good. Those fit to my 2011:
 

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I learned recently from a mechanic to hit up the slots in the caliper bracket that the guide tabs on the pads fit in with a wire wheel and then put a bit of lube on them. Helps prevent uneven wear on the pads.
 

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I use sandpaper and my fingers for that :)
Too lazy to get the drill out, find the wire wheel (I know I have one, just not sure where it is)...
 
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