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Q: How do I know if the brakes need to be replaced?

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How do I know if the brakes need to be replaced?

A: Your car has self-adjusting, four-wheel dis...

Your car has self-adjusting, four-wheel disc brakes. That offers better stopping power, but you need to know the signs that the pads are beginning to wear out. While some squeaking is normal with all disc brakes, yours are equipped with what’s called a “squealer.” It’s a metal tab attached to the pad. As the brake pads thin through wear, the tab will eventually touch the rotor, creating a squealing sound. This is the warning that it’s time to replace the pads before they become dangerously low.

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