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I need to replace my brake pads and dont even know how to begin. Single mom with 3 kids. Do have mechanical experiance. Never done brakes before--- Please help if you can.

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For the most part there is two bolt on each caliper and do the front first or the back first and try this website to see if they have your car listed its www.autozone.com and if they do you be able to get pictures and diagrams showing you how to repair your car and here is another website to checkout its www.alldatadiy.com to see if they have information on your car i also would like to give you this they sells only GM-parts itsSchram auto & truck 1-800-292-1032 and they website is www.schramauto.com and i hope i was able to help you Michigan Man.

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I would buy the "haynes" manual from autozone for your make and model. It costs about 15 dollars and has great instructions and photos on many do-it-yourself mechanic projects such as brake pad replacement and oil changes. Hope this helps.

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Why does my car shake while it is idling? Why does my brakes act like i dont have any stop to them and the petal only goes half down?


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I'll reverse the answer, because breaks are more important.

1. If you pedal feels limp, and you break don't seem to "Bite", then you may have air in your brake hose.
Usually car mechanics don't like to drain the air from the hose (Bleed the brakes, as they call it), since it takes more time...

You brake pedal does not need to go all the way down to the floor since you have hydraulic pressure in the braking system. If you pedal will go to the floor, I suggest you stop immediately on the shoulder and either wait for your brakes to cool down, then drive to the nearest garage, or call a tow truck.

About the brakes. Different brake pads have different "bite". Also, new pads feel a bit softer in the beginning. so if you replaced pads then you might need to give it some time.

If you didn't, then try to see if you used the brakes very hard, so they might have burned out, or the hydraulic fluid got to a very high temperature that it needs to be replaced.
The brake fluid is very inexpensive. You just need to ask your mechanic to do it.

2. About the idle.
You car may simply be revving to low.
You need to raise the revs on the engine a bit.
In the carburator days, you could simply twist a small screw.
Today, I suggest you ask you mechanic to do it.


Get your brakes checked first!

Nov 08, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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A dragging feeling or sound could be work out brake pads, parking brake shoes or a frozen brake caliper. Once the majority of the brake bad wears away, small metal blades begin built into them begin to make contact with the rotor. This starts sounding like an intermittent squeak to let you know it's time to service the brakes. If ignored, eventually the rivets the hold the pad to the metal back plate begin to grind a groove into the rotor. If deep enough, the rotor will need to be replaced - in addition to the pads. The parking brake can do the same thing. I suggest bringing the car to a brake specialty shop AND your trusted mechanic to be properly diagnosed & evaluated to get an estimate for this repair work.

Jul 11, 2013 | Hyundai Santa Fe Cars & Trucks

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The brake light went on and the anti lock also what does it mean i just changed the brake pads 2 months ago. When you brake is makes a terrible sound, can it be the rooters that need to be cut. Mom of 4...


if, there no marks on rotors and they wareing off evenly ,no need to be change,the sound when you press the brakes its could be cause by cheap brake pads.dont get me wrong ,that depent on the market brand of the brake pads ,seem that who did your brake job didnt use a good brake pads.they will need to be change to avoid the noise.good luck

May 21, 2011 | 2004 Kia Sedona

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I AM EXPERIENCING PROBLEM WITH MY 2001 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. WHENEVER I STEP ON THE BRAKE IT PULSATES AND VIBRATES AND THE BRAKE PUSHES MY FOOT BACK. I KNOW CARS WITH ABS DO THIS BUT MINE IS JUST TOO...


ok have ever had the breakes changed before or is there any squeling or grinding thats your brake pads are bad. as far as the whole brake system being replace thats ********* that mechanic is looking for a big bonus. im leaning towards a stuck or sticking calipar would cause it as well as if there is are in the system and will need to be bleed out. no if the roter's are warped u will know it cause the whole front end will shake when step on the brakes but only when u use the brakes. if you can see the brake roter's run your finger tip accros them they should be smooth with no groves or rigges if they have them the pads are bad as well as the roters and will need to be replaced, and a abs secner would kick in the abs. all in all i would take it to a shop u trust.

Dec 04, 2010 | 2001 Toyota Highlander

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When I put on my brakes and my vehicle begins to stop but it makes a grinding noise. I think it might be the brake pads but what do you think it is?


This is a common sign that the front brake pads are completely worn down to the metal. Once it gets to the point that it make a grinding noise, the rotors are damaged beyond use. I would say at this point that both front rotors and pads will have to be replaced. Brakes are a safety issue. It needs to be done correctly and may be beyond your experience level to do it yourself. If you choose to tackle this job, send me a reply and I will tell you exactly how to go about it.

Oct 06, 2010 | 1999 Ford Explorer

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Brake light on dash stays on while driving and when i come to a stop i here brakes queeking. but i dont know what brakes are bad. the front or back. also when im driving i here a clicking noise. i had the...


you may have a frozen brake caliper . That well wear out your brakes quick & when brake pads are worn
out that lowers your brake fluid causing brake lite to come on . To check brakes remove wheel and look for groves in rotors in front . rear is a bit more complex you need to back the automatic brake adjuster remove brake drum all pads should be at least 3/8th inch thick if not replace hope this helps CJ

May 26, 2010 | 1994 Chevrolet C1500

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I have a 2006 F150, that needs a front brakes job, I bough the pads,but they told that I need to buy the hole rotor is that true


You do not need to buy the whole rotor, unless your rotors are shot.
Most brake places will not change brake pads unless you also have your rotors machined or replaced, which makes them about $250 in extra profit... go figure heh?!
anyways, its a good idea to machine your rotors when you replace your pads, they will work better, they will last longer, and you wont feel any movement in the pedal when you are hard braking.
If your rotors are shot, you will need to get those replaced, if you ignore bad rotors, you will eat through your brake pads in a matter of months or even weeks, you wont have half the stopping power you should, if you need to brake really hard it will feel like you are going 40mph on a giant washboard, and you risk your brakes catching and being ripped off the calipers, or ruptoring your brake lines and loosing all your brakes.

With your old brakes, if you didnt feel your pedal bounce up and down really bad when you braked, you should be fine, although it is recomended, if you cant afford it, you cant afford it. But, might not be easy to find a mechanic that will just put the pads on and not make you at least machine them... but you wont find a mechanic at all that will put pads on a rotor that is going to become a risk, so hope your rotors are good enough to work, if you dont want to replace them.

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Screwed on break job?


Sound like most of your money went into his pocket. I use only the best brakes (most expensive pads on my stuff and my customers) usually purchased from a dealer. O. E. is the best (Original Equipment)

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