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Do I need to replace my brake pads?

Front passenger side brake is grinding

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To do a good job you need to change brake pad and rotor plus be sure the brake caliper bushing and piston work freely good luck pierre

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Grinding sound on front passenger side


When do you hear this grinding noise , all the time or when braking or when turning one direction or another ? If when breaking ,the brake pads maybe worn down to nothing , metal contacting the brake rotor . If all the time an when turning ,could be a wheel bearing . Which every is the problem you need to have it check out right away .

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Hi, I have a hyundia Tuscan, the front brake pads still have a quarter inch on them but off side front inner pad is grinding now and again and on closer inspection the pad seems to be wearing away at


Pull the brake pads and inspect them both for same size thickness.. Inspect the inside of the disc rotor for cracks or rough surface or worn away. If you see anything the way out is 2 new rotors and all new front pads as you cannot replace 1/2 of anything without getting bad results

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Grinding or rubbing noise in left front wheel, mostly when braking . What do i look for?


Grinding is a sign on brakes in need of replacement. Your pads are worn through and now the metal backing plate of the pad is grinding up against the rotor. Replace the pads and rotors asap to prevent further damage.

Mar 30, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Ok when i am driving my car and when i need to apply the breaks they make a almost squealing noise but after i drive for a little the stop any help will be much appriciated


I have same problem; turns out all Honda Accords of this generation (2003-2007) do this. It has something to do with cold brakes and unseated pads, and the first time you stop from medium speed, you will hear a grinding, maybe from the back of the car (i think in my case).
My girlfriend looks at me, and we both wonder what it is, but it goes away in about 1 minute and I've realized it's only when the brakes are cold and it's not a problem. My brakes are basically ok, and there is nothing to fix...
I've done enough reading about this car on the internet, I feel pretty sure everybody's Accord does this, so I stopped worrying about it. A real problem, the sound would not go away as soon as the brakes warm up and seat the pads. After that, the breaks work fine.
If it was worn pads, the squealers will start up and not go away quickly. If it was a worse problem, the sound would grind continuously until fixed.
The two major problems with Honda Accord brakes are: 1) Brake judder at hi-speed medium braking. If you are going downhill, and just want to slow the car a little, if your rotors are getting worn, the steering wheel will give you feedback as brake judder. Hit the brakes harder, it will go away but it's scary and requires the rotors be replaced with a much higher quality rotor than came from the factory, and probably want to use ceramic pads (like Bendix CQ or CT). 2) Back brake pads wear down quickly. I read about this constantly with Accord owners, the EX back brakes are smaller rotors and pads than the front, but the electronic brake distribution system of the Accord will balance brake force between front and back, so the front pads will actually last longer than the back pads! This is very unusual but entirely normal for this car. Most cars are the opposite but that may change as we see new generations of cars with more evenly balanced braking front to rear. Be ready and watch your back brakes closely. Mine were toast at 30k...
I replaced my back pads and rotors, used cheapest new rotors I could find, and ceramic pads, and they have lasted considerably longer than the first set.
I now have 92k on my 2004 and the original front brakes are ready to be replaced. I replaced back brakes at 34k I think, and was very surprised they needed replacement at early, but the new pads have gone almost 60k, but look ready to be replaced sometime this year I think.
I have bad judder on high speed braking, but the pads are still ok in front. Rotors are **** in front and I'll replace with Centric Cryo-Stop rotors, they should last a long time as long as they get put on straight and I don't let anybody warp them with an air gun at the tire shop...
Two other more minor problems to watch for on this car: 3) Inner pads may wear faster than outer pads, because the caliper is on the inside, and forces the outside pads to contact the rotor after the inner pads are already braking. Seems like all Accords do this at least a little. The inner pads are not easily viewed without removing wheels, so it's hard to tell, but if your outer pads look like they are starting to get worn down pretty well, chances are good the inner pads are even more worn and you are ready to replace pads. 4) Pads may wear faster on one side of the car (fronts) faster than the other side. For example many people report driver side pads wear faster than passenger side. And the reasons proposed have to do with fast stopping for right hand turns or freeway loops. The car spends more time being braked in a right turn than a left over time.. But of course, on my car, it seems to be the opposite. The passenger side is wearing faster! Go figure..

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Where do you put the brake fluid on this car? Because, my car is making a grinding sound when I put my foot on the brake.


The grinding noise probably means you need to put new brakes on. If you fill the brake fluid reservoir, and then change the brakes, the new fluid will run out anyways, because the new brakes will have to be put in, and the fluid will run out.

Oct 01, 2009 | 1991 Dodge Spirit

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The front driver's side brake sound like it is grinding. I have to tap the brake several times for it to stop. It happens mostly when I am driving in town slowly.


Hi,
Please have all the brake pads checked. If it's grinding, you possibly may be metal to metal on the rotor. This can not only cause damage to your rotor, it is dangerous for you, your passengers and other motorists. Hopefully it's just a rock or something and the pads and rotors are ok.
If after checking, it is determined the pads are wore out, I would highly recommend replacing them and having the rotors and drums turned. Brakes are crucial...
I hope this helps you and reaches you in a timely manner... God bless.

Sep 25, 2009 | 2005 Jeep Liberty

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