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New rear brake rotors needed?

How can i tell if i need new rotors on the rear brakes for my 2003 honda civic sedan?

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  • corellaltd Jul 30, 2009

    i am hearing not a squeak but sort of a grating / grinding noise, not all the time, but some of the time. it seems to be temperature sensative, if that makes any sense.

  • corellaltd Jul 31, 2009

    thanks for clarifying what goes with what. i'm a lady who wishes she had a guy who would take the car into the guy for her, so this helps me not sound quite so much like a "chick".

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If the brakes pads are completely worn down. ( You will be able to hear metal on metal when you stop or you can visually look and see that they are down to metal) But sometimes when you hear the metal sound when stopping, it's not actually the pad that has worn down but a little tab on the pad as a warning to the driver that you should have the brakes checked soon or they will be down to metal. I just noticed that you said rear brakes. Most of the time, not always, but usually in the rear of the car you have brake shoes that are enclosed with brake drums, so you are unable to see how bad the shoes are worn down until you remove the drum. But I also noticed you rotors and that would indicate that you have disc brakes in the rear. Rotors and brake pads go together and Drums and brake shoes go together. But basically if your pads or shoes are still good, the only true way to find out if you need to replace your rotor or drum would be to remove it. Minimum specs are stamped on the rotors and drums so you are only able to have them machined usually once. Another bit of info just so you know, about 75% of your braking is the fronts,the rear brakes last a long time usually and if you say it's a 2003, unless the car has been driven fairly hard, it's highly unlikely that you need to replace them yet.

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You could take the tires off and have a look at them on what kind of shape they are in. but most likely you need to replace the Brake pad(s) instead.

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