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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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What should my rotors measure at if replacement is needed?
The front rotors minimum thickness is 23 mm and for pads is 2 mm. The rear rotors minimum thickness is 9 mm and pads is 2 mm.
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Growl Noises when breaking
It sounds as if the noise you are describing is probably coming from the brake pads being worn out. The friction material of a brake pad is mounted to a steel backing plate, and when the friction material wears out,...
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When should I change the brakes? After how many Miles?? Thanks in advance
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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how to install front disc brake pads
Brake pads can be accessed by unbolting the brake caliper from the torque plate. If you are installing new brake pads, though, such must be done at the same time that the brake rotors are re-surfaced or replaced and all...
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Brake Pad on passenger side is heating up.
The brake caliper and/or the sliding pins in the caliper bracket, are sticking. Typically, when brakes are refurbished, if the existing calipers have 75,000 or more miles on them, they should be replaced with high quality remanufactured calipers to avoid...
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repair brake for E550 2008
A brake warning light can refer to fluid level, maintenance required, or other system fault. If the light is purely a maintenance reminder light, please note that brake pads are not replaced according to any fixed schedule, or number of...
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2006 charger srt8 with brembo brakes. Car has 42k miles, think it's time to replace pads? If so, how much am I looking at?
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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Why do you want to replace both of the front brake pads at the same time?
Hello - brake pads normally wear relatively equally between the left and right side. This indicates that the brakes on each side are working properly. A frozen caliper, or sticking caliper slide bolt will cause a wear imbalance, and should...
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In this case - which parts should be changed first (CV axles ,wheel bearing ,calipers ) to solve the problem? 2009 Kia Optima
Hi - we need a bit more information to know how to prioritize these possible repairs. A roaring noise while driving would evidence wheel bearing issues. Pulling to one side or the other would indicate a brake caliper issue. Squealing,...
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I'm getting a burning plastic like smell after a 45 minute drive but all gauges read normal and fluids look good.
Check the brakes out on the front of the van. It is possible that the pads are not releasing properly and burning the brake pads causing the plastic burning smell. The brake system could be sticking and not retracting causing...
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how much is an average price to replace all 4 brake systems on a 2005 Honda Pilot?
The cost depends on exactly what must be done to restore braking performance on your vehicle to like new condition. For example, when installing new brake pads, such MUST be done at the same time that the brake rotors are...
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How do I switch back to drum brakes from disc brakes on my 2001 Dodge Ram
Hello. What you may need to do depends mostly on what was done during the conversion. Most of the time all you really need to do is replace the master cylinder back to the drum brake system and replace the...
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Breaks don't work without a lot of pressure, and is puttering when it is on
If unusual effort is required to depress the brake pedal, to get the vehicle to stop, that is often due to a fault in the brake booster or the vacuum supply and check valve in the booster circuit. If you...
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My brake pads and rotators are uneven
Congratulations for using the right parts and being concerned about the details, especially when brakes are involved. I suggest you play it safe and have a technician inspect your brake pads and brake rotors. There is no substitute for an...
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Brakes issue
The squealing might be due to the brake bad wear indicators contacting the rotors. That noise alerts you to the need to install new brake pads. Regarding the cost, there are a few variables affecting the cost. If you are...
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When I release the brake pedal, there is a clunk sound.
What you may be hearing is the brake pads shifting inside the brake pad caliper bracket. You should have the brakes inspected to make sure the brake pads anti rattle clips are in place and the pads are in good...
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Suspension woes.. power steering leaks, noises heard when driving
Hello, we will be happy to help you get rid of those woes. I'm assuming that the tire fell off which would cause a lot of damage especially to the side that contacted the ground. There's likely some broken or...
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Need brake pads on infiniti...will it be infinit pads?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Simply put, no, the pads will not necessarily be infinity brand. While there are many manufactures of brake pads that will make replacements for your vehicle, you can get brand name replacements from...
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Brake light just came on in dashboard 2012 Audi Q5
Hello - as you have already noted, this warning tells you that your brake pads need replacement. It is intended to warn you to replace the pads before the rotors are damaged. Best guidance is to go ahead and have...
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Steering wheels move to the right when applied the brake.
Causes of brake pull include worn or warped rotors, a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose, worn suspension parts and uneven tire inflation. Vibration on braking is typically due to excessive thickness variation in the brake rotor, pad defects, or...

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