We discovered that our 99 mercury Mountaineer had bad rotors.
last night I hooked up a trailer and was going to help a friend move a couch when I heard a loud grinding sound.
I turned around and determined it was comming from the wheel. I purchased a new set of pads and started to change the pads. In the process I found a broken sway bar connector. I changed this as well.
It still felt bad and there was a sound when I braked. I took it to pep boys for a free brake inspection. They pointed out that the rotors needed to be replaced.
I did not let them do it because I can not affor that right now. The car is a secondary not a daily driver.
My wife says we shouldn't drive it at all. I say we can still drive it and expect I will have to replace the brake pads sooner than normal and replace the rotors when we can, later.
My wife insists we will do more damage if we drive it as it is. I say what's the difference we need to replace the rotors anyway and I'm not worried about $20 brake pads I can replace myself.