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How to spot worn brakes

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Learn the difference between normal wear and worn out.

Your brake pads or shoes are designed to keep the metal of your calipers from grinding against — and damaging — the metal of your rotors. The more you use your brakes, the faster they wear out. This is not a built-in flaw, but the result of normal, safe brake wear. Here’s how to tell when your brakes need to be replaced:

  • Squeaking or grinding
  • A burning odor
  • A hard to press or “squishy” pedal
  • Shuddering or vibration in your steering wheel
  • Rusting or flaking in your brakes or rotors
  • Your brake system warning light goes on

Source: Owner’s manual

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