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Jan 03, 2011 (6:05 pm)
The brakes on my 2006 Toyota Avalon (46K miles) started to make a grinding noise. Pads were worn to the center groove but still has ~3/16" of friction material. Changed them any way, but the noise is still there. Rotors are smooth and brakes are steady.
#1999 of 2028 Re: brake noise [tedbart]
Jan 04, 2011 (3:17 am)
1. Is the grinding noise present all the time, or only when you are applying the brakes?
2. Can you isolate the noise to the front or rear?
3. Does the noise change if the wheels are being turned?
4. Maybe the water splash shield is bent and rubbing on the rotor.
#2001 of 2028 Re: brake noise [tedbart]
Feb 16, 2011 (11:25 am)
Are you using Toyota pads or aftermarket pads? I had my mechanic change the brakes on my 2006 Camry. Used napa Gold pads like he always uses on any brake job. Brakes started grinding. Replaced pads again and turned the rotors. Still grinding. Finally he just used Toyota pads and rotors. problem solved.
A cheaper solution would have been to replace the rotors with Napa brand but we both were so frustrated that he just used Toyota parts.
#2002 of 2028 Re: brake noise [dtownfb]
Feb 17, 2011 (3:42 pm)
Lets be realistic here. Noisy brakes may be an annoyance... but it is is not a "problem".
#2003 of 2028 Re: Brake fluid [jipster]
Feb 20, 2011 (2:26 pm)
Check these out... Phoenix Systems brake fluid test strips
measures the level of copper present in the brake fluid. Just tried these out as I had dealers for both my cars push brake fluid changes at 36K miles which seemed very early. Seem to work well and easy to use.
#2004 of 2028 Re: Brake fluid [ski23bum]
Mar 02, 2011 (11:41 am)
Thanks. I'll keep those in mind. Had the brake fluid changed out a few months ago as it was noticeably dirty.
#2006 of 2028 Question about brake repair
Sep 01, 2012 (9:31 pm)
Recently my brakes started squealing and I took it to a mechanic. He initially said the brake pads would have to be replaced and quoted me around $260 each axle. Then he called me up and said that the front rotors would have to be replaced since they were metal to metal. I was wondering as to why the rotors need to be replaced since they can be resurfaced and I had brake problems for only a couple of days and surely the brake pads would have given some indication that they were wearing out before going metal to metal. He even showed me the place where the metal on the rotor had filed away because of the brake pads being metal to metal. He quoted me $718 + tax. Of which about $315 is labor and $310 is parts and $50 is something like sublet which I think is rotor turning. Is the job too expensive. My car is at 60k miles and this is my first brake job.
#2007 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [salilsurendran]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2012 (8:11 pm)
What year make model of car are we talking about?