Brakes Repair

What are brake pads?

A car?s brake pads create friction when a brake pad exerts pressure on a rotor and/or disc, which then provides stopping power to the vehicle.

Is that squealing noise normal?

Over time brakes deteriorate, and just as a pain in the human body serves as a reminder that something is wrong, squeaky brakes are usually a reminder that it?s time to change the brake pads. Most brake pads have squeakers. As the pad is ground down through normal use, it reaches the squeaker, which is a reminder to change the pads. If the problem goes on for too long, a worn brake pad will eventually eat grooves in the rotor, which is not an inexpensive fix.

What are my options?

Dependent on the make and model of the vehicle, and the complexity of the braking system, it can either be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner can repair it. There are numerous automotive and other websites that explain how to replace brake pads. In addition to some free how-to instructions online, some service manuals or other how-to books can be purchased online.


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