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How to change the brakes of a 98 cutlass

My car occasionally makes a squealing noise when I turn or brake, but not always. I believe I need new brake pads, but I've been told that if I change them myself it is about 100 bucks cheaper, but I may need a special tool. How would I go about changing them and finding out if it is something I can do at home?

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Some noise is normal for all disc brake system, they have wear indicators that touch the rotor and make a very loud and annoying noise, if this is your case then you need new pads, remember to have the rotor checked for thickness and abnormal wear, all of that can cause brake abnormal noise, if you do replace the pads use quality parts from Know suppliers such as WAGNER and BENDIX, use there new quiet line of brake pads, they produce far less squeak than cheap no name pads that many chain parts stores sell, remember that safety is an issue when changing brake pads, use jack stands and block the wheels.

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