My front brakes just started to grind and not all the time just when I make the short stop and go. I need to have them checked and want to make sure that when I go they do not try to sell me something I do not need. So what should I look for when they show the brake system. If it is the pads should I replace the back ones at the same time?
I always recommend to people that they ask to see any problems a technician found on their vehicle before it is repaired. Have them explain why the part is bad. As far as brakes, in most states, 2/32 of an inch passes inspection. This is a fairly little amount of brake pad. Although that passes, it's probably a good idea to replace the pads before they get that low. Ask to have the pads measured in front of you. (There are other reasons to change pads - cracked, chipped etc.) It is not necessary to have the front and back replaced at the same time, but you do have to do both sides of the front or both sides on the back at the same time.
〉 Answered on Apr 6th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management