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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?

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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.

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