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My brakes grind and vibrate when pressed

My pads and rotors are fine. When I slow to almost a complete stop, I hear a grinding noise and I feel vibration in the pedal.

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  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    I have this same problem on my 2000 ford explorer. The brakes work fine until the last few feet of stopping...the pedal gives a little then makes a noise and is harder to stop. When I push on the brake moving in reverse the problem is not there, leading me to believe it is an ABS problem instead of a rotor or pad issue. Any thoughts on that? Thanks for any help anyone can give

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    When I brake I occasionally hear a grinding noise and the brake pedal vibrates. What could it be?

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My feeling is that you did not use a high quality pad like the Bendix or wagner thermo quiets and the rotors likely need surfacing even if they are new they can be warped due to the way they are stored. Good Bendix pads for this vehicle retail for around 75.00 or more

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