Recently, my car began to make very loud noises whenever I used the brakes. At first, I didn't suspect the brake pads because I thought they were still able to undergo a few thousand kilometre. To be sure, I checked the pads and the discs.
- Left wheel, inside : No pad. Metal against metal, disc feels like a vinyl
- Left wheel, outside : Pad OK (3/4 left), disc OK
- Right wheel, inside : 1/4 pad left, disc OK
- Right wheel, outside : Pad OK (3/4 left), disc OK
Do you know why the inside left pad could have gone so quickly? I have metal swarf (glitter?) everywhere. When I check the disc with my finger, it feels very rough and uneven, worse than an old vinyl.
I ordered new brake pads, but I don't know if I should change the discs as well. My car is very old and near death (Renault, 380.000 km). I only use it for very short distances, and it never reaches more than about 100 km/h.
Do you think this would be a safety concern? I'm thinking the pads will take the shape of the disc and wear out more quickly, but this isn't a problem for me, as long as security is not involved.