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How to Break in Brake Pads
Having new brake pads and rotors installed happens on a regular basis. Once those brake pads and rotors are mounted, it is essential to properly break them in. Bedding in, commonly known...
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Brake Pads
If your brakes are noisy, the brake pedal is pulsating, or the brakes are responding poorly, you may need to replace the brake pads.
How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
How long can brake pads last? Brake pads last from 25,000 miles to 70,000 miles depending on their design and material. Brake pads are part of the braking system of every vehicle....
What Are Brake Pads Made of?
Brake pads are an essential component of the braking system of your car. Every time you press the brake pedal, this force translates by way of a hydraulic system to...
How Do I Know If I Need New Brake Pads?
Car brakes squeak when the pads are worn and need to be replaced. Replace your car brake pads every 35,000 miles to maintain safe braking performance.
How to Buy Good Quality Brake Pads
Brake pads sound cushy - however they’re anything but soft and snuggly. These components attach to the brake calipers in order to stop the discs (also known as rotors). The calipers squeeze...
What Does the Brake Pad Wear Indicator Warning Light Mean?
The brake pad wear indicator warning light comes on when the brake pads are detected to be too thin.
How to Recognize Brake Pad Wear Patterns
Brake pads apply pressure to the brake rotor to slow or stop a car. Brake pads that are wearing unevenly indicate that your brakes need adjustment.
How to Diagnose and Repair Noisy Brakes
There aren’t many things more annoying than having noisy brakes. You are driving down the street, and need to come to a stop. You apply the brakes to...
How to Clean Brake Dust
Brake dust is residue that accumulates on a car’s wheels over time. The dust comes from the brake pads, which wear down over time from the friction of braking....
How to Change Front Brake Pads
Brake pads are failing when the brakes are noisy, the brake pedal pulsates when pressed, or there is poor brake response when the pedal is pressed.

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Does my car need new brake pads and rotors?
Hi there: In most instances, if the brake pads have not fully worn out, the rotors will not suffer scarring or pitting which typically means the rotors need to be surfaced or replaced. However, it really depends on the damage...
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2016 Mercedes-Benz cls63 AMG what do I have to do to draw the rear caliper in to do a brake job?
To begin with, it's surprising to me that a 2016 car should already need rear brake pads. Most cars go through two sets of front pads for each set of rear, and the front pads are usually good for 30...
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My front left tire screeches every time I turn the steering wheel
Your description could cover a number of things. If it makes the sound when the car is not in motion, you may have a problem with the power steering belt. If the sound only occurs only when the car is...
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Loud squeaky noise and bad wobbles
A squeaking noise from brake pads, right after installation, is sometimes due to a high metallic content in a low cost aftermarket pad. The safest thing always is to use OEM specified brake pads, on OEM rotors, because the vehicle...
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Brake pads
Hello. Brake pads can need to be replaced after 25,000-70,000 miles depending on the quality of brake pads you have installed, and also largely dependent on personal driving habits. The best way to tell if they are ok is to...
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Car makes a long thumping noise and skids once the brake is applied
Hello. Does the noise and slipping seem like it is coming from all wheels? It is likely that the brake pads have been installed improperly on all or some of the wheels. The pads can be in crooked, or faulty....
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GRINDING NOISE WHILE BRAKING
This may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the...
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Sounds like something is rubbing against the breaks rotors.
The most common cause of the brake noise you are hearing is the brake pad metallic material it is made of will cause a loud scrapping noise intermittently. You should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you...
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Do I have a case against Jaguar?
Hi there. Unfortunately this is common for this vehicle. Most of the time it will need brakes before it even hits the 20,000 mile mark. As for getting the brakes done, to dissipate heat right and to provide proper braking...
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My car is shaking when i stop. I was told i need new rotors. How much would that be including parts and labor
Not only would you need to replace the rotors but you would need to replace brake pads and rotors at the same time. The rotors are causing the car to shake when stopping. The brake pads will have grooves and...
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All four brakes locking up after being driven for about 45 minutes
Hi there, if work was recently done on the master cylinder or brake booster, check to see if the brake push rod (manual or power assisted) has too little free play. If it is too tight, the master cylinder piston...
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Brakes squeak coming to a stop.
The front brake pads are squeaking from the metallic material in the pads when the pads were made at the factory are rubbing on the rotor surface causing the metal to metal squeal. If you do not like the noise...
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Rear rotors on a sienna 2013 too thin
Any time a brake rotor is resurfaced to get rid of surface grooves or warpage the cutting off of a layer of the metal is removed until a flat smooth surface is achieved. After the surface is resurfaced the rotor...
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Brake pad replacement - Front & Rear
If your vehicle uses DOT 5 (silicone-based) fluid, the flush interval is much, much longer than 2 years or 32,000 miles. However, if your vehicle uses glycol based fluid, it should be thoroughly removed from the brake system roughly every...
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Squealing noise at front wheels when slowly accelerating or coasting?
Hello. The sounds you are hearing are likely related to the brakes. There are tabs that are manufactured onto brake pads. These are called wear indicators and they are doing exactly what they are designed to do. When the brake...
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My car is making a crunching noise, even rolling in neutral. More so on uneven ground.
A hard grinding noise especially when braking is generally a sign there is a bad wheel bearing or there may be metal on metal contact on the brake rotor from a completely worn brake pad. If the grind is bad...
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Brake Fluid Level Insufficient Warning Sign Error
This may suggest that your brake pads are worn and due to be replaced or that you have a leak somewhere in your brake hydraulic system. The brake reservoir has a sensor inside that detects when the brake fluid reaches...
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Does my car have rear disc or drum brakes?
The rear brakes on this vehicle will have rotor discs. If you suspect that you have a problem with the rear brakes then you should have a brake safety inspection done by a mechanic. One of our technicians can come...
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Brake fade after hard driving
If by brake fade you mean that the brake pedal feels normal, but the brakes don't seem as effective and require more leg energy, then you are probably having an issue with the brake pad material. The brake lining is...
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Brakes
Sometimes when the brake pads are changed without replacing or resurfacing the rotors can cause the brake pads to not seat into the rotors. This can cause the brakes to seem like they are not stopping the vehicle without stepping...

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