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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Brake pad and rotor question

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I currently have 35,550 miles on my Malibu. I took it in to the dealer today for a coolant flush service as the DexCool is at the 5 year mark. I have been noticing a metallic grinding noise when turning right, all the time and mentioned to my service advisor that I thought it may be a brake issue, long story short, my advisor came back and said the "front brake backing plate is hitting rotor due to rust build up" but also mentioned it was rusted through (which one is it? lol) he said I would need to replace front pads and rotors. Stupid me didn't look and just took their word on it. My question is, does this sound legitimate? I will definitely be getting a second and third opinion but wanted to consult with you all first.

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Re: Brake pad and rotor question

Hard to say from my knowledge but seems possible. Have you ever had your brakes serviced in the 5 years and do you live in a rust belt?

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Re: Brake pad and rotor question

Get a picture of the affected rotor if you can. The factory rotors get pretty rusty, but I'm surprised it got that bad in 5 years. Usually you can just turn a rotor after the first brake pad change and it's still good till the next replacement.


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Re: Brake pad and rotor question

"Backing plate" is the splash shield. If it's rusted then that's not a brake issue.

Have them walk you back and show you what's going on, then make a choice.
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Thanks all for the replies. Never had the brakes serviced or had pads replaced as I still have an adequate amount of life left in them.

I’ll try to get a pic of affected wheel/brake and post it.

Definitely will get more opinions on it and have them show me in person as this isn’t a dealer I typically use and pretty skeptical of them.

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Re: Brake pad and rotor question

Being a mechanic I would look at those brake rotors over good. Light rust is normal if it's been sitting. Putting Akebono's on the Malibu: https://akebonobrakes.com/performance. next week.
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Being a mechanic I would look at those brake rotors over good. Light rust is normal if it's been sitting. Putting Akebono's on the Malibu: https://akebonobrakes.com/performance. next week.
When replacing the pads and doing the whole job, will you be replacing the rotors as well?

If so, do you have a preference on brand or type?


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Re: Brake pad and rotor question

Last year I head very similar noise coming when turning at slow speed in sharp turns in parking lot. Had about 49K miles back then. I took all rotors and grind off the rust around outside diameter of each rotor. Noise went away till now as it is slowlly coming back at now 59K . Now I think of getting coated rotors as I don't want to do it every 10K miles.

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Last year I head very similar noise coming when turning at slow speed in sharp turns in parking lot. Had about 49K miles back then. I took all rotors and grind off the rust around outside diameter of each rotor. Noise went away till now as it is slowlly coming back at now 59K . Now I think of getting coated rotors as I don't want to do it every 10K miles.
Didnt yours come coated? The spec for my car was for premium coated rotors only as that was factory install when I had to replace them due to warping.

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Didnt yours come coated? The spec for my car was for premium coated rotors only as that was factory install when I had to replace them due to warping.

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I can only assume that my rotors are factory non-coated. That is why there is big rust ring above where pads
are tuching rotor. this is not my rotor but looks similar.
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