So I was racing to work going around 90mph, then I change lanes. On the freeway I was on the lane markers are basically stripes with bumps. So I hit the bump and made it into the next lane fine. But for some odd reason my front right wheel brake starts to screech. At first I thought it was my stereo but then I turned it off and it disappeared. Once I got off the freeway and got on some sidestreets it started to screech again... and again... and again... and then finally when I'm like 100 feet from my work the brakes sound like fingernails being dragged down a chalkboard :
Does this just mean I need new brake pads? or is it worse?
If it's break pads, how much should I expect to pay a mechanic to do that, or is there a DIY on this?
There are a lot of DIY pages on brake pads... If you've never looked at your brakes before... and know nothing of them.. I suggest getting someone who does to look at them.. as they are an important part of your car that needs to be taken care of very often and looked after.
if so equipped, is the wear sensor light on? the pads them selves have material in them at wear depth that makes a sound so you know to replace them.
OEM replacement pads only will run 80-120 to DIY. a shop, you are looking at at least twice that.
I remember once some how a rock got caught in mine but it made more of a grinding sound. I know on my 323is my brakes are good but for some reason they screetch every once and awhile. The only thing I could think of is brake dust.
removing rotor is a very simmple procedure...
1-take wheel off,
2- there are 2 bolts holding caliper on, remove 2 bolts..
3- rotor is held on by 1 allen key
4- remove allen key, and rotor comes off, with a little bit of pressure..
there is def a DIY on pelican parts...lemmie see if i can find it./.
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