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Chevy Malibu Eating Brake Pads?

Q. I have a problem with a 2000 Chevy Malibu. Roughly every 10,000 to 15,000 miles the front pads become worn out and eat into the rotor. The brakes have been doing this since new,been checked by numerous mechanic shops including 2 different dealers and have been told this is normal.

Chevy Malibu Eating Brake Pads?

The last shop changed my rotors from the composite material ones to the metal ones and put brand name (Raybestos) brake parts and still in 10,000 miles, they were gone. What's up?

  • 2000 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 3.1 liter V-6
  • 120,000 miles
  • A/C, P/S, ABS, rack and pinion steering


A. There are numerous bulletins out on Malibu's for front brake noise and pulsation. Many new updated pads and rotors. Since you are using aftermarket stuff, anything could be happening. Maybe the rear brakes aren't working up to their full potential causing the excessive front pad wear.

In my opinion, on a car with front disc/rear drums, 10,000 to 15,000 miles is fairly normal. I don't know your driving habits but I have changed many a set of pads at this mileage on a regular basis.

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