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Old 12 Aug 2003, 01:14 am
Joseph Wind
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Default Re: Groove Found on Brake Disc

Most brake pads have a piece of metal attached to side of the pad. These
make a sort of ringing or squealing sound when it time to change the pads.
Pads are not meant to worn down to the metal backing. As for the grove if
it's not too deep it can be resurfaced. If you take your car to the dealer
for scheduled maintained, the technician will sometime note if the pads need
to be changed. You can always remind them to check the brakes, when they
rotate the tires, another thing most people don't do often enough.

"Steve Lee" <> wrote in message
> For quite sometime now, I've been getting squeaking noise from one the
> brakes on the rightside and when I decided to give it a look, I found
> this one noticeable groove on the front right brake disc. All the
> other discs are smooth as glass, with no noticeable surface grooves or
> distortion at all. The groove is about a quarter of the way in from
> the outer edge of the disc and it must go all the way around since I
> can see it at the upper portion of the disc and the lower as well. And
> I don't know if this makes sense, but the inner part of the groove
> looks to be smooth as well, not rough. Perhaps it's been there for a
> while now.
> The groove isn't that deep nor that wide at all. But I can certainly
> see it and also feel it when I run my finger over it. (Oh, btw, if you
> ever need to touch your brake discs, make sure to have had parked your
> car for a while before doing so, unless you like squealing like a
> little girl. People think you're a weirdo when you make this noise
> hunched over one of your tires in a parking lot.)
> I'm wondering if it's possible that a very small rock or debris had
> been caught between the disc and the brake pad and that was the cause
> of this groove? If that's the case, perhaps it's possible that the
> debris might be embedded into the brake discs since I'm getting this
> squeaking noise when I apply the brakes at relatively low speeds, say
> below 25MPH (40KM/H)? And yes, I get the noise even when the car's not
> "cold".
> I'm taking my Pilot in for one of its scheduled service next Monday
> and I plan to show the groove to the service advisor and see what he
> says. Just in case he writes it off as being nothing to worry about,
> despite the brake squealing, what are some of the points concern I can
> present to him to get him to have a technician inspect the brakes
> thoroughly? I mean, a groove forming on a brake disc isn't normal, is
> it? Thanks for your time and input.

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