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Car brakes worn down only on one side?

Asked by Jonathan_hodgkins (397 points ) October 12th, 2011

The front driver side’s brakes are completely worn out, but the brakes on the passenger’s side still have a sizeable amount of meat left on them. What could be causing this? I want to know what the problem is before I replace them.

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XOIIO's avatar

Your alignment might be off.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Could also be a break piston in need of adjusting.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Alignment would affect tire wear, sounds like one of the calipers or both need to be rebuilt or replaced.

Driver’s side may not be retracting after applying brakes or passenger side is not working !

Scooby's avatar

Re – Bleed your brake system, add new fluid…... could be air in your lines :-/

GabrielsLamb's avatar

Maybe your car walks on the sides of it’s feet?

Or errr… You need an alignment?

john65pennington's avatar

Maybe the mechanic forgot this wheels brakes, when he installed the other three? Its happened before.

tedd's avatar

In my experience this is usually the caliper sticking, but it could be pretty much anything listed above.

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kritiper's avatar

Have a reputable mechanic check it out. Does the car pull to that side while braking? The caliper piston could be seized on the passenger side making that brake inoperable.
Normally, the brakes on the side of the car closest to the side of the road (not the center of the road) wear faster.

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