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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...
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...
How Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?
Brake pads and brake rotors wear out over time. How often brakes should be replaced depends on the brake material, as well as your driving patterns.
How Disc Brakes Work
Car disc brake systems are made up of the rotor, brake pads, pistons, and caliper. The pistons push the pads into the rotor to slow or stop your car.
3 Ways to Increase the Average Life of Car Brakes
Car brakes are essential to safe driving. Extend the life of your brakes with soft braking, coming to a complete stop, and removing excess weight.
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
Squeaky car brakes are hard to drive with. If your car brakes are making noise, check the brake pads and brake rotors to see if they are worn down.
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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2014 Nissan Alltima 53,000 miles, had brakes replacedo about 16 months ago, now I am told I need brakes again?? $720.00 This does
Brake pads are replaced when the amount of friction material on the pad falls below a certain minimum depth, generally around 1 to 2 millimeter depth of pad material. You should first confirm that the pads are actually worn to...
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How bad are the brakes on my 2006 Toyota Highlander
Hi there. It is usually hard to tell how long the brakes will actually last. It really depends on how the vehicle is driven. You need to have the brakes fully inspected and measured to see how much pad is...
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I HAVE 1999 CHEVY TAHOE 2 WHEEL DR.MNI REPLACED THE ROTOR,CALIPER AND PADS ON DRUIVERS SIDE.WHEN I WENT TO TEST DRIVE IT THE CALIP
So that the vehicle will not pull upon braking, pads and rotors must always be replaced in "pairs", that is both sides of the axle should be serviced whenever brake repairs are performed. There are many possibilities for the damage...
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Why am I getting a whistling sound from my front wheels? Brake pads and rotors were recently replaced
If the pad is smoking that means that the pad is not retracting from contact with the rotor after you release the brake pedal. Failure to retract could be due to a stuck caliper piston (the shop may not have...
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New brakes squealing bad new rotors replaced and all lines bled and all shims in place
If you are not using OEM pads, rotors and shims, that can account for the squealing. If you want to attempt to resolve it as is, Permatex Disc Brake Quiet (Part No. 80729) might work. Use that compound sparingly though...
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Can you give me an idea what it cost for the brake pads, rotors, calipers and brake hoses on my 2008 Mazda Tribute
Hello. The cost of the repair will really depend on the amount of work that needs to be done. I would also need to know if that price he gave you was for parts and labor or just parts. If...
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Hi Jay I would like to know when I need to change Brakes Pads and Rotors on my 2014GLK 350. I was given these for the Front Rotors
The brake pads are replaced, and the rotors either resurfaced or replaced, when the friction material on the pads has worn down to about 1.5 mm above the steel backing plate of the pad. You can often visually determine the...
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Can you resurface the rotor?
You can not install new brake pads on a vehicle without either re-surfacing the brake rotor on a lathe or replacing the rotor with a new one. This is because allowed thickness variation on a rotor (new or used) is...
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Want to find out price to change complete brake for my Toyota Camry 2010 and also cost to change strut of the same vehicle
All of YourMechanic's many brake system repair and diagnostic services are listed on the YourMechanic services page. In your circumstance, if you have pedal pulsation or vibration on braking, that is usually due to warped brake rotors and or "thickness...
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It's about the break pad assembly kit
Sometimes the brake pad silencer clips need to be adjusted or bent slightly to stay attached to the brake pad before removal. This is normal and due to variations in parts and clips may be made to work on different...
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Why won't the clips stay on my brake pads on my 2010 Subaru Forester
Hello. I would need to know if the problem is with the retainer clips on the pad mounts or the clips that go on the pads. Either way if the clips are being installed correctly and they will not hold...
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What brand rotors and pads should I use on my 2000 Chevrolet Astro Van
Hello. If you want to use the best quality products then you want to make sure that you are purchasing premium parts. They do not always need to be American made as there are some import products that are good...
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Rear brake job
Hello, thank you for writing in. These situations are understandably questionable. The service providers at a lot of common oil changing and tire repair centers will quote you for a variety of things that can be updated. This does not...
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How long should my front brake pads last on my lexus 350, 2008year?
Hello, great question! Brake pads can last anywhere from 25,000-70,000 miles. It has a lot to do with your personal driving habits, and the quality of the brake pads you purchased. You should contact whomever replaced the pads and ask...
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Why would my brake light come on in my 2011 Mini Cooper Clubman
Hello. The cost to repair this would depend on what the issue is. If the brake light came on most of the time that is because the brake fluid is low. It usually gets low due to low brake pads....
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2004 suzuki xl7 made screeching noise while driving that got louder when i accelerated. Then car started idling and died?
The problem sounds like you either have worn bearings or brakes. This will cause loss of power and noise would stop when vehicle is not moving. Have the front brakes and bearings checked by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic...
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http://halfords.bookmygarage.com/6339/OTAwNw - do I need a brake disc change?
Brake pads (or brake shoes in the case of drum brake systems) are the principal "consumable" in a vehicle's brake system. The pads are not replaced according to any fixed schedule, or number of elapsed miles, but rather are simply...
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When l start my car and put it in drive, l hear this horn noise coming from my back tires. Please help.
The noise is coming from your rear brakes. If your vehicle has rotors on the rear, then the noise you heard is your pads vibrating. You may need to replace the rear calipers and keep the shims that fill the...
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I just bought a used vehicle and after certification by dealer the steering vibrate when applying brake.
Hi there. The brake pads and rotors are worn and need replaced. The steering wheel is vibrating when pressing on the brake pedal because the rotors and brake pads have a wobble in them as they are having a runnout...
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I purchased performance brake pads and rotors however I only have a front pair of rotors.. 2014 Ford Mustang
Hi there - while there may be a very slight performance gain to be had by also replacing the rear rotors, you will be fine without doing so unless the rear brake rotors are severely grooved or otherwise worn. The...

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