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I have a Nissan Micra (UK, 51-plate, 2001 model) and I've today noticed a sound a bit like skidding when I apply the brakes, gently, around 30mph. Driving and steering as usual is fine, no unusual pull to the left or right. It's due for it's service in a few weeks so I can get it looked at then - if I know what to ask the mechanic to look for. Any ideas?

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Are your tires fully inflated? – Bob Cross Apr 22 '13 at 17:26
@BobCross, yes. Solid, but with some give. – tombull89 Apr 22 '13 at 17:37
Let me rephrase: have you checked your tire pressures with a gauge? Do they match the recommended pressures for your car? There's a plate inside the drivers side door (in the US) that lists the correct pressures. They're also found in the owner's manual. – Bob Cross Apr 22 '13 at 18:01
Tyre pressures were checked and all okay. I've posted my answer below. – tombull89 May 7 '13 at 14:19
up vote 3 down vote accepted

As the car was due for it's MOT and service I took it into the garage who diagnosed worn front brake pads and reccomended replacement. Since the replacement of the pads I have not had any further issues.

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Great - congrats for getting it fixed. – Bob Cross May 7 '13 at 14:54

Modern radial tires can look/feel just fine from the outside while still being dangerously low on air pressure. Skidding type sounds are typical for a tire with low air pressure.

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