I have a Nissan Altima 2000 with 78414 miles on it. On 06/14/07 I went to the Nissan Dealership to get it checked because every time I braked my car screeched. They told me the drive belts had to be changed. They also checked the brake pads and didn't change a thing. The car was not put back together correctly, so when I drove it out of the dealership and was about 2 miles before I statrted accelerating; the car refused and was stopping and moving. I went back to the dealership and they told me the Coolant wire were not making contact as they should therefore the problem; they gave me an rental car and asked me to return the next day to pick up the car. I told them my car was going to be idle for about 4 months because I was travelling abroad. When I returned, 10/06 I started driving again, the car still made a still screeching sound and on a recent trip to Chicago from Indianapolis the sound became louder and louder. I went to the dealership and they told me that the front brake pads are 0% and that the brake is cutting into the rotor. Seems like it is time to change the brake pads. I am not sure though. Besides, I am concerned whether the dealership gave me the right advise the first time around? Help me understand what I need to do next. The dealership under discussion here is Hubler Nisaan in Indianapolis.
You might be best to take a look for yourself. You can sometimes see a rotor that has been damaged by the brake pad lining worn off by looking through the vent holes in the rim. May have to pull the wheel.
After they replaced the belts, did the screeching temporarily stop when braking?
They may not have looked close enough the first time and may have missed a thin pad. At times they don't always wear evenly like they should due to various causes.