Our 1998 Dodge Caravan needed new brakes, as our front right tire was squealing and beginning to drive us crazy. And being that we coudn't afford to take our van into an auto shop and pay possibly $200 for the job, my husband discussed it with Reynoso Tire Shop who installed 2 tires on the same van.
All he requested is that we buy the brake pads ourself and he'd install them for $35! There is no way to go wrong with that kind of offer.
So we found a set for the front brakes at Advance Auto Parts and they are economy Semi-Metallic Asbestos-Free Disc Brake Pads. When I first called to inquire about prices, the employee at the auto store was very helpful and gave me a lot of information on brake pads and that helped us make our choice. These pads should last us for at least a year or two (maybe longer), with standard driving around town. Now, if we were doing a lot of long distance driving, we would have gone for the higher quality set for double the price, which still isn't bad. Wearever also makes a "Gold" brake pad set for $30.99.
These brake pads are:
> 100% asbestos free
> Premium semi-metallic formulation
> OE-style performance
> Great stopping power
The best part is that these pads, even though they are considered "economy grade" are industry standard and approved and also carry a "Satisfaction Guarantee".
The van brakes like new now and the annoying squeal is gone.
I have included a picture of the new pad, which you will see is nice, smooth and thick.
Then there is a picture of the old worn down pad that shows metallic wear and shine on the pad. It also shows the drill holes where the padding has worn almost to the screw head. When you allow your brakes to get too worn out and hit the screw head, you risk ruining your rotors and then get into a whole new price range for repairs.
This is what your brake pads look like. The "pad" that causes your tires to stop will wear down over time and in severe heat and cold weather conditions the surface wears down. When you see the "black dirt" on your wheel base or hubcap of your car tires, that is normally the brake "dust" that has come off of the brake pads. Now, if you go with the more expensive pads, there will be less dust and they will last about twice as long. We'll plan on getting those in about a year.
We are very pleased in finding a tire shop that would put these on for us and not over charge us. What a blessing and thanks to Reynoso Tires for installing our new brake pads.