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Our 2005 ford escape has grinding brakes, all the pads were new last fall. when you really bear down on them they are not nearly as effective as they should be. sounds like this is a common problem with this suv. is there a solution? i'v read other stories where the breaks and rotors were changed and it doesnt solve the problem. i was thinking it could be the calipers? but i dont want to spend the money and time on them if thats not the answer. any ideas?

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If,and I say if,your rotors are fairly smooth,meaning not many ridges on them, and the new pads were OEM specific to your vehicle,not cheap ones,you should have no problems 6 months later.
That said,assuming your rotors were properly machined,and their not always done very well,then the only other thing which is very seldon done,is to remove all rust from any surfaces that require the pads to slide on,and those need to be lubricated and probably weren't
That is why I do all my own brake work and have never had any issues in 47 years, on any type vehicle

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