Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'98 Plymouth Breeze, Uneven Brake Pad Wear
Q: I drive a 98 Plymouth Breeze. About 3 weeks ago, I changed my brake pads and turned the rotors. The old right front pads were worn in slopes (to interlocking triangles). The brakes also made a clicking noise on that right side. The left was worn normal. Have you ever heard of this before?
- James R.
A: The wear problem youre describing is commonly caused by binding or worn brake components. The most common problem in our area is corrosion. The salt diet that the vehicles have each winter causes the brake pads to rust and bind in the holders or the brake calipers not to slide freely. The clicking noise you mentioned is a good indicator that a component of the braking system was binding. You were hearing the snap as it was being forced to move. Brake components must be clean, lubed and move freely. If youre still hearing a click or braking related noise after you performed the brake service, you had better inspect the system more closely.