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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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Is my mechanic giving me a good deal?
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car shakes when put on brakes. is that rosters or pads? gonna need to get it fixed regardless
Vibration and/or shaking on application of the brakes is often due to faulty rotors (warped, or irregularly worn). If the rotors are replaced, of course the brake pads will have to be replaced as well. The recommended services to request...
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When replacing rear brake pads on 2012 nissan rogue is it necessary to replace rotors at the same time?
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Brake issue
Hello, thank you for writing in. The previous technicians switched the brake pads to make sure the pads were not the problem. If the front were in better condition, it also bought you more time with those pads. The first...
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I have a 2008 BMW 328i, After some ignition work it started behaving oddly. Then the brake warning lights came on.
If you are not getting a grinding noise, it's probably OK to drive the car for a little while. As soon as you hear grinding however, You have lost your brake lining and the car will not stop well. The...
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I was told that I need to replace the front disc brake pads and rotors. Quote price for this is $665. Is this fair?
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Replace Brake Pads with Brake Rotors?
It is recommended t replace pads with the new rotors. The old rotors would of put grooves in the pads and caused them to not be flat anymore. If you decide to use the existing pads then you should sand...
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Squeeking noise coming from front driver-side tire only
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My 2008 E350 with AMG sports package and 80.000 miles indicates that the brake pads are near their end...
Hi there. When it comes to replacing the brakes on your vehicle, it is best to use what the vehicle originally came with. I recommend replacing the brake pads with the OEM specified pads from the manufacture. Aftermarket brake pads...
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Why the brake light is on after the brakes pads and roller are replaced with new parts?
Hi there. Check the wheel speed sensors and see if they are plugged in. If the wheel speed sensors are plugged in, then remove the sensors and clean it off. Then put them back in and drive the vehicle. The...
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Squealing when driving and breaking and rpms jump by 500 while driving.
Hello There, It sounds like you may have two separate issues going on here. The squealing sound is likely your brake pads which have wear indicators on them that are designed to produce a squeaking sound signaling that it may...
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Brakes squealing
This circumstance is not unusual and I suspect is often related to the use of non-OEM rotors and brake pads and also the failure to re-apply factory specified shims and/or appropriate anti-squeal compounds and lubricants. Unfortunately, once non-OEM parts and...
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brakes replaced
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New brakes
On a relatively new car such as yours, the need for "brake work" is typically determined based on a visual check of "depth of remaining pad friction material". Brake pads are still generally good so long as there is at...
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Do you do rear axle bearings and seals? 2005 Ford Crown Victoria
Hello, unfortunately, rear axle bearing replacement is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. However we can provide rear axle seal and brake service for your Crown Vic. Thanks for thinking of us! Sent to CS rear axle...
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My car pulls/jerks to right when I slow down.
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Warped rotors 2012 Ford Expedition
Hi there - to respond to your specific question, the answer is to use a higher temperature brake pad material (like a ceramic or carbon brake pad) - rather than a different rotor for your rather heavy vehicle. The brakes...
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when i brake on my 2008 550i bmw it sounds like a grinding noise in the rear around the middle. Do you know what it could be?.
Grinding, squealing, or other "noise" on braking is usually related to a brake pad/rotor contact problem. These surfaces "mate" when you apply the brakes and if there is scoring on the rotor, rust, dirt, irregular wear on pad or rotor,...
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I let my uncle change my pads and rotors and now everytime i press the brake all i get is an air sound scared to drive
Usually a hissing noise when you hit the brakes involves the vacuum brake booster. But it seems unlikely that working on the brakes should effect this component. Changing brake pads and rotors is a pretty straightforward job, even on a...

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