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Rear brake pads junk rotors junk front pads full,uneven,low miles

Why would rear pads be gone but front pads are full in low mileage van
front are wearing uneven rotors look junk

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  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Does your van have drum brakes on rear wheels, disc on front?
    If the front pads are wearing unevenly, you have a problem w/ the brake calipers. Why do u say the rotors look like junk? Do they have grooves worn in them? Uneven? Are u the original owner? What are the miles on the van?


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Emergency brake cable may not have been adjusted properly or emergency brake may have been partially engaged without brake light indicating such. Check brake release handle, if it makes no noise as to indicate realease, then it would have to be the e brake adjustment or frozen brake cylanders that when brakes are applied the pressure presses the shoes against the drums but does not release pressure, could be bad cylanders but not likely on both sides at the same time.

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