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04/02/2013
By: teach171
Monro Muffler Brake & Service
This brake service was beyond helpful--the staff were there to solve my problem not sell me more than I needed. Tire discounters quoted me 280 for only rear pads and roters. All around Toledo, people were quoting 200, 336, 465 at Honda. One guy asked me which model type my car was, but at Monro, they said it doesn't matter--all ceramic pads are the same! When I called Monro on Byrne, the guys said they would match or beat my quotes. When they took a look at my rotors--the manager said they were the best 'bad' rotors he had ever seen! He let me look at how smooth and good they were. I was out with new brake pads within an hour and a half with less damage to my wallet than I was expecting! If you're on a student budget or not, I would recommend these hard-working, honest guys. Kudos.
Tips & Advices
Ceramic brake pads are made from dense, durable ceramic. They are favored for their relative silence while driving compared to metal or organic brake pads. They also have little wear and tear on the overall brake system and are very reliable. However, they are more expensive than metal or organic brake pads. Additionally, their performance deteriorates in extreme driving conditions.
Brake rotors typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
Brake shoes are used in drum brakes--rather than disc brakes--which is the original braking system designed for vehicles. Just as brake pads are the friction component of disc brakes, brake shoes are the friction component of drum brakes. When the brakes are applied, a wheel cylinder pushes the brake shoe against the brake drums, which spin while the vehicle is in motion, and causes the vehicle to stop.
A squeaking or squealing sound when applying newly replaced brakes is normal. It comes from the rotor vibrating against the new brake pads. It should quiet down after about 250 miles, and should be more or less silent by 750 miles, when the brake system has had some time to synchronize itself.
This depends on the car, the brake system, and the car owner's driving habits. Typically, a car's brakes should be replaced after about 50,000 miles, but some car's brakes may last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles. Car owners shouldn't wait for a magic number to replace their brakes. They should check them regularly, and pay close attention if they hear any weird noises or if the car feels shaky while braking. Brakes are a critical safety component of a car, so it's important to stay on top of brake maintenance.

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