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    Abnormal Brake Pad Wear Patterns

    Tapered wear
    Worn out caliper bushings and/or worn caliper hardware
    One sided wear
    Faulty caliper or caliper piston hanging; caliper slide not functioning
    Grooved surface
    Rotors should be turned or replaced
    Chipped surface
    Excessive heat build-up, caliper or caliper piston hanging up creating constant friction
    Step in lining
    Pads not in full contact. Replace guide pin/mounting bolt bushings and caliper hardware
    Cracked surface
    Excessive heat build-up, caliper or caliper piston hanging up creating constant friction

    Listen When Your Brakes Talk

    Simply replacing the pads will not ensure your safety. Replace your hardware every time you do a brake job.

    Caliper

    Calipers - Inspect for leaking fluid or stuck pistons.

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    Hardware

    Hardware - Change your hardware with each brake job.

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    Brake Pad

    Brake Pads - Check pads for signs of uneven or excessive wear.

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    Rotor

    Rotors - Look for signs of warpage, cracks or uneven wear on the rotor's surface.

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    Listen, Look & Feel for...

    Squealing from wear sensors informing you that your pads need to be replaced
    Squeaking & Grinding indicating excessive wear or damage to your pads and rotors
    Fluid leaking on the ground can eventually lead to a loss of brake pressure
    Pedal that pulsates or travels too close to the floorboard indicating excessive pad wear
    Pulling the vehicle to one side can also indicate your pads need replacing

    While your wheel is off, check the following:

    • Shocks/Struts - inspect struts/shocks for leaking hydraulic fluid, dented or damaged housing, damaged or worn strut/shock mounts, loose mounting hardware and damaged or weak springs
    • Tires for uneven tread wear which can indicate worn struts/shocks, worn steering and suspension components, wheels out of alignment
    • Rack and pinion steering unit - damaged or missing mounting bushings/brackets; inspect for leaking power steering fluid inside the inner tie rod bellows; inspect for leaking power steering hoses
    • Tie rods and ball joints - inspect for missing boots, excessive play
    • CV axles - inspect for torn or loose boots

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