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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.
Why Do Brakes Squeal?
Worn brake pads are what causes car brakes to squeal or squeak. Replace your brake pads and resurface your brake rotors to stop the squeaky noise.

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2016 Ford fusion se grinding rear brakes only has 17000 miles
If the brake noise is occurring at all times, that is even without pedal application, then the caliper and/or torque plate are sticking or there is a parking brake malfunction. If the noise only occurs upon braking, it is most...
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My car makes a chirping noise while in motion, the noise is more frequent based on how fast I'm traveling.
You should have the brake sensors checked to see if the brakes are worn to the sensor or the backing vent plate is rubbing the rotor. If both are good then you may have a front wheel bearing then is...
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breaks are squeaky in reverse
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why the brakes will squeak. Even newer cars will have squeaky brakes in reverse. It is a direction the wheels do not spend much time going in, and it puts...
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I have a 2013 Honda Civic with 80,000 miles. It makes a squeaking noise while driving.
The factory brake pads do have a noisemaker tab that scrapes the brake rotor when the brake pads reach replacement thickness. It's pretty loud, so if you just have a mild squeaking that might be something else. At 80 K...
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rotors brake barley done a squally sound starts when I drive but when I brake it stops what could be wrong?
You should have the brakes rechecked to see if the brake sensor or the silencers are out of place and need to be adjusted.
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What does it mean that my rotors are glazed? Is there anything I should do?
Usually when someone says the rotors are glazed, they mean that the surface has acquired a high polish form long term use. Sometimes this might lead to brakes that screech when you are coming to a stop. If that is...
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Thumping sound in reverse
Since you are not driving the car much then you may have the rear brake shoes grabbing when you back up. You should have the vehicle checked to make sure the rear brake shoes are in good shape and adjusted...
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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 making left turns engine seems to make scratchy noiseg
The noise may be coming from the brakes or the rotor is hitting the backing plate for the brakes due to a loose wheel bearing. You should have the brakes and bearings checked.
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screeching on driver side
You will need to have the brakes and wheel bearings checked to see what is causing the noise. You may have worn out brake pads and it is scrapping on rotor metal to metal or pad sensor is hitting rotors....
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Brake Pad Replacement with OEM brakes?
You can specify what parts you want installed. If you do not specify then aftermarket parts are used unless only OEM is offered. You will have a higher cost with these OEM pads. Let the service rep know when calling...
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My 2012 MKZ intermittently makes a high pitched sound that seems to come from the passenger side of the car. It's loud enough that
The brake rotors can get a lot of rust on them from water and road salts that can make the brakes noisey when not pressing the brakes. You can replace the pads and rotors to get rid of the noise...
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Squeaking noise comes from wheels as it spins.
If the noise does not exist with the vehicle stopped (i.e., due to engine noise), then it is likely due to wheel bearings or the brakes. If brake related, unfortunately these sorts of noises can be related to the use...
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I just had a tire replaced on the rear of the vehicle. Now I hear a "clicking" noise when I apply the brakes. What could the probl
Depending on if you have rear drum or disc brakes the noise is usually caused by a warped surface of the rotor or drum. The mechanic may have took off the rear drum to inspect the brakes and knocked out...
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Brakes
It is not normal for the brakes to pulsate after replacing the rotors. You will need to determine if the pulsation is coming from front replacement rotors or from the rear brakes that were not replaced by using the parking...
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My car makes a loud noise while driving. I'm not sure whether it's my brakes or the timing belt.
The noise if it does not happen when stopped and starts when moving is most likely from the brakes. The engine has a timing chain and not a timing belt. You may have a serpentine belt that is squealing though...
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My brakes are messed up
The noise is coming from your brake booster has a vacuum leak and will need to be replaced. This is why your engine runs rough when you press the brakes.
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I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. It makes a hard knocking noise when I break. What could it be?
Your friend could be right. If you hear a single knock each time you hit the brake pedal, that could be rear control arm bushings shifting. It could also be motor mounts. If you are hearing a knocking that repeats...
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Robert, what are the minimum thickness of the front and rear rotors for a 2013 vw tiguan?
The minimum thickness for front and rear brakes is 2/32.

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