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Problem with new brake pads?

Hi everyone, I just put a new set of brake pads on my friends 98 Blazer and once in a while when you hit the brakes it sounds like metal to metal. I used semi metallic pads and did not do anything with the rotors since they still look like new. Is the noise we are hearing because i didnt have the rotors turned? Also i was wondering can u bleed anti lock brakes or do u have to have special tools to do it? Thanks for the help.

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What is probably happening is that the pads are clamping down on the ridge of rust left by the old pads. Sometimes they're centering in the polished groove, but sometimes they're catching the "rust belt".

Have the rotors turned and then PROPERLY rebed the pads or you'll get a nasty brake pulsing.
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Thanks for the help Curtis. I will do that as soon as possible. I thought turning the rotors would take care of it but wanted to make sure.
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Hi everyone, I just put a new set of brake pads on my friends 98 Blazer and once in a while when you hit the brakes it sounds like metal to metal. I used semi metallic pads and did not do anything with the rotors since they still look like new. Is the noise we are hearing because i didnt have the rotors turned? Also i was wondering can u bleed anti lock brakes or do u have to have special tools to do it? Thanks for the help.

Brad
A generalized response to help all readers:

1) Semi metallic pads must be compatible to the rotor material..... I had a set of rotors ate up in 8,000 miles. I prefer Wagner Thermoquiet pads.
2) Anti-lock brakes bleed conventionally unless you have a lot of air in the system which might require bleeding at a mid point connection.

Contrary to popular belief, an anti-lock system failure does NOT render the brakes inoperative, but they only revert to being a conventional braking system.
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