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How to Choose the Right Brake Pads
Choosing the right brake pads for your car depends on when they’re replaced, what material they're made of, and whether they’re reliably sourced.
How Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?
Brake pads and brake rotors wear out over time. How long brakes last depends on the brake material, as well as your driving patterns.
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 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 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...
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 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 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.
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.
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 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. Designed to handle high friction, when the...
How to Buy Good Quality Brake Pads
Brake 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 the pads against the discs, which are...
How to Clean Brake Dust
Brake 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. The pads slowly wear down, and the worn off material...
What Are Brake Pads Made of?
Brake 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 the caliper. This caliper in turn pushes the brake...

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Steering wheel vibrating during braking
It sounds like your problem is most likely warped rotors. You should also check the wheel bearings for any looseness. If you are getting steering vibrations then your power steering gear steering valve may be causing the issue and would...
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Should I change my rotors?
If your rotors do not have a good clean smooth surface for the new pads to ride on then the pads will not be able to seat properly. This can lead to vehicle pull to one side or lack of...
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Should I change my rotors?
Without seeing the vehicle, it would be hard to say if it would be safe. However, if the rotors are still of a usable thickness, it is possible to do what is referred to as a "pad slap", which means...
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Shaking while braking
Hello. I’ve had experience with new rotors being warped right out of the box. There is a limited warranty on the rotors from the store. If you can return them and get new front rotors or get them turned, that...
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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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Car shakes at highway speeds
Hi! At your mileage the pads and rotors have of course been replaced or serviced before. It is likely due for another brake appointment. If the brakes are presenting issues it is not something that you should wait on. Waiting...
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Break problems
Hi there: Your boyfriend has a serious brake issue that should be repaired immediately. The loud noise is most likely coming from the brake pads grinding on the brake rotors. When he applies the parking brake, it's only applying pressure...
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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 locked up
When the rotors get this hot, this is usually an indication that the brake pads are dragging on the rotors. This can happen when the brake calipers are misaligned on the rotors. This problem is often compounded when, as a...
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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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Brakes are squeaking
Yes, brake pads are no longer made of asbestos based on the possibility of exposure and possible development of mesothelioma. They have been replaced by several different types of material. Common materials are organic, metallic, and ceramic. Organic are great...
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Brakes
This may be due to a lack of brake fluid or potentially brake pads needing to be replaced. Your brake reservoir has a sensor in it that detects the brake fluid level and relays this to the computer. When the...
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brakes
Brake noise is not normal and is due to the failure to use OEM (dealer supplied) brake pads, apply shims to the pads as required in the OEM set-up, use appropriate anti-squeal compounds, and also failure to properly re-surface the...
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Brake pads replacement
Hello, thanks for writing in. Generally most brake pads have a specific thickness tolerance that is used to warn the owner of the vehicle of when it may be time to replace the pads. What this means is that you...
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Brake Pad Replacement
Hello. I will be glad to answer your question about your 2012 Acura. Brake pads are replaced when the friction material is worn down to 1-2 mm. There is no published, or perhaps even known, "average" amount of mileage that...
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Brake noise
Try and drive it for a couple weeks after inspecting to make sure everything was installed correctly. The noise may change after the pads are seated into the rotors. When a pad and rotor are new, they will not match...
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Amber engine light came on seemed to lose power. 2014 LR2 ,HSE 4 cyl turbo charged
The brakes will need to have them inspected to see if they need replaced. The check engine light coming on and loss of power will not be due to brake pads are low. You will need to have the computer...
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Changing rear brake pads
The bolt will always come out counter clockwise.
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Front brakes grinding after brake pad replacement on a 98 Ford Windstar 3.0L
I have seen where some of the more less expensive semi-metallic brake pads have real rough spots of material in the pad and will make a grinding noise when braking. This is normal for these pads. If noise does not...

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