Is that really what it means? I was thinking that it was an alarm similar to
the low-fuel light, which comes on *before* you run out of gas. If it came on
after, it wouldn't be much help. OTOH, a smoke alarm only goes off after the
smoke arrives. If I were desgining a pad sensor, I would make it go off
perhaps 1,000 miles before any damage would occur. If you were on vacation,
you wouldn't have to stop to get your brakes serviced and could do it when you
I was under the impression that there are two kinds of screetching noises: The
first is a harmless alarm designed to get your attention and replace the pads
caused by a special material in the pad that is only exposed near the end of
the pad's life. The second, nastier noise is when the pads are worn down and
the disk is being wrecked. Is this correct?
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On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 22:42:40 GMT, Matt Trivisonno wrote:
I guess it depends on just how good your hearing is... The sensors do
make a slight sound that "most" people can hear before the rivets etc
start to grind into the rotors...
Unfortunately I really do not hear that well...and my wife can not
hear at all... LOL
It's a little metal tab attached to the pad, bend into a "P" type shape.
When the pad gets around to 80-90% used up it contacts the rotor and
squeals when you hit the brakes.... If you let the pad wear more it will
eventually contact the rotor all the time and squeal all the time, even not
applying the brakes.
You will get a distinct grinding sound when the rivets on the pad start
contacting the rotor. But by that point you would of been living with
a constant and embarrassing squeal for a while anyway. LOLOLOL
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LOLOL Oh yea! Been there and done dat before.
Cool Jet wrote:
Yes, the "cricket sound" means that you have a few hundred miles left
before it creates a serious problem.
BUT: here's the lesson that I learned with my 2000 Impala LS. There
are inboard and outboard pads. Only one set makes the cricket sound,
and the reason is that this set is SUPPOSED to wear out first. But
there was something defective with the brakes on my Impala, so the
other set wore out first--and required not just pads, but a new rotor.
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