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Rear brake pads worn out before front brakes

(2003 Toyota Sequoia)
in Folsom, CA on May 06, 2010
When truck is moving forward or in reverse you can hear a squeaking/grinding noise, regardless if I step on break or gas, turn the wheel or not. The noise is constant (warm or cold weather). I took the truck to a local mechanic and he recommended a brake inspection after we test drove the vehicle. I received a call later in the day from the mechanic saying front brakes looked new, rear break pads were worn out and emergency breaks were out of balance. I had brake pads and rotors replaced @ 70K miles (front & back) and at 100k miles now…How can the rear breaks be worn out before the front? I was always told that the front pads go out 2x’s before the rear pads need to be replaced…HELP!!
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The noise you are hearing is the low brake pad warning indicator . As the pad wears a metal finger on the brake pad becomes exposed as the brake pad wears to alert the driver the brakes need to be changed. You are right, the rear pads normally last twice as long as the front. Check that the caliper guide pins are lubricated and allow the brake calipers to operate correctly.
on May 07, 2010
Pat, took your recommendation and ran with it….Technicians and auto repair shop owner stated that calipers are fine if not would have seen more wear on the inside pads of rear brakes and a bluish tint to the pads due to the continuous pressure..any other ideas what else to look for to pinpoint root cause?
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