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After replacing front pads and rear shoes on my 2006 Nissan Sentra I still hear what sounds like worn shoes, or pads dragging when I come to a stop. Neither the pads or shoes were worn to that point when changed but I heard this awful dragging and scraping sound and imagined I would find rotors or drums gouged but there was very little if any wear observed. The noise is not as pronounced after replacing them but it is still there when I come to a stop.

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To my knowledge , some brake pads have metal compounds , and some are aspestos , i once used metal type on my falcon years ago and found when they got hot it was like an MTT bus braking . these type were used on taxi's for longer endurance but made noise when hot , despite being fitted correctly .

sometimes if you have touched face of pads with your hands this will also cause this noise , if so remove and lightly rub with sand paper to remove any foriegn matter and replace carefully , also brake fluid from bleeding afterwards could cause this also , did you notice if there were any little plates behind brake pads , these little flat dust plates or anti vibration plates that are behind pads some times work better with a little silicon between them and the pads , this helps a little.

also on some models i have found the rear caliper has to be screwed in and pressed also , some hand brake systems require this to un adjust the hand brake system when replacing pads .
inside the piston of the rear caliper will have a cross shape if so ! be care full if so , as one is right hand thread and one is left , if they a screwed the wrong way the piston is very hard to re-align the thread again without the chance of cross threading ..

hope this helps !

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