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Old 01 May 2009, 06:33 pm
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Default Rear Brakes

Last night on my way home from work I started noticing a grinding sound at a slow speed. It sounded like it was coming from the rear. I figured it was either brakes or a rear wheel bearing. I took it in to my local Car-X this morning. Rear brakes were gone. Front brakes had a lot of pad left but rotors were grooved. What both the mechanic and I think is that someone at some point replaced the front pads leaving the original rotors in place but they did nothing to the rear brakes.

Since the economy is digging into my pocketbook right now, I decided to live with the front ones for now as the pads had lots of material left and just have the rear ones repaired. New rear rotors and pads and I was out the door. Brakes now feel better than they ever have, even stronger than our Caravan whose brakes were completely rebuilt, including front calipers a couple years ago, by the same shop. I'll take here back in a few months and have the front ones replaced.

One comment, before I knew what the problem was, I asked about ceramic pads. I was told that they were not allowed to use brake pads other than what was OEM for the vehicle. Something about be incompatible with the rotors. Question, when using ceramic pads, do the rotors also need to be changed?

One last note, rear brakes appear to have 135,000 miles on them.
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Old 01 May 2009, 07:34 pm
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Default Re: Rear Brakes

This is our third PT that I put ceramic pads on, have had no problems with the rotors.

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