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I started to hear a grinding on the passage side, in the back..my break light started flashing too. Is this the bad or breaks? Thoughts?

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  • kristin_blei Jan 27, 2009

    I only hear it on one side..the passage, back side...How much do brakes and rotors typcally cost from a repair person? Parts and labor...

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Brakes sound correct, you'll probley need brake rotors too!

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    aprilfulbrig Jan 27, 2009

    yeah, may only be metal contact, brake pad to rotor,on one side, check both sides although they are repaired in pairs, no skiming on repairs though, remember it's your life, and safety of all around you, but should be around $300 or less,depending on the parts needed.Good luck!!

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