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Re: Intermittent Braking Problem while in Reverse (jmckenna37)

Sounds like you need new brake pads. at the least. They don't cost that much and a car that won't stop is a lot worse than one that won't go. The rears wear out before the fronts on these cars, so I'm thinking your rears are in pretty bad shape. Get em fixed, their time has come.
 

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Re: Intermittent Braking Problem while in Reverse (jmckenna37)

I don't know why you have an intermittent problem. One mechanic said you had warped rear rotors, but I'd like to know if he actually did a runout measurement or just sees all rotors as warped. If we discount what he said, then it doesn't sound as if you need pads at all. A little bit of pad works as well as lots of pad (until the rivets hit the rotor, anyway.) If the rotors really are warped, it can cause problems, but never heard of an intermittent one.
Were it my car, I'd pull the the calipers and give them a good inspection. The pads may have shifted somehow, espcially the ones behind the rotor that you can't see through the wheel. Sometimes you just can't see brake problems without taking things apart.
Some other related thoughts:
Do you use your parking brake? Setting the brake activates the adjusters for the rear. Try setting it firmly a few times and see if anything changes.
You might want to try rebedding your pads. Get up to 60 a few times and slow to 10 then go up to 60 again. This will really heat the brakes and burn off any contaminants. Then, drive around normally for at least 10 more minutes without breaking to a stop to let them cool to normal.
If you have ABS, it might be worthwhile to see if any codes exist in your ABS module.
If you've never had your fluid flushed, you really should have that done every 2 years.
 
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