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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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Hi there. Most shops will charge to replace the brakes on a vehicle by the axle. That would be the front wheels as one axle and the rear wheels as a second axle plus parts. The dealership wants to replace...
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My Small SUV is squealing while I'm slowing down and I'm not pressing on the brakes.
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Do I need to replace the rotors on my 2012 focus EVERY TIME I has pad replaced?
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New front pads & rotors (2mths) and hear a grinding noise when coming to a slow gradual stop. What could be causing this?
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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.
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I have a XC90 2013 and having problem with right front brake squaling noise when the brake is apply at slow speed?
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Brakes grinding on wet weather and clanking
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breaks are squeaky in reverse
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I have a 2013 Honda Civic with 80,000 miles. It makes a squeaking noise while driving.
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What does it mean that my rotors are glazed? Is there anything I should do?
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Thumping sound in reverse
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I have a 2003 Volkswagen Passat. It makes a hard knocking noise when I break. What could it be?
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