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I just put in new Mazda front brake pads on the front wheels.

Before doing this, the car ran fine, a little rotating sound from the driver's
side wheel, but no vibration, or driving problem. No clicking, or clunking.

After the new pads are on, now I can only get up to about 20 mph and
there is loud rotating sound. It's not even drivable. I felt heat around
the rotor.

It must be the new pads, because I didn't do anything else. I can put the
old ones back on to check. But I was wondering if anyone else had this
happen to them ?

Would it be an indication that the CV joints are in much worse shape
than I thought ? Or even wheel bearing s ?

Thanks for replying,
 

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are you sure you torqued everything down properly? Sounds more like something is loose then a problem related to new brake pads.
 

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^ x3. Def sounds like something's not together properly. Check the torque on the cv axle nut that connects to outer wheel assembly.
 

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turned out to be just the passenger side lug nuts weren't torqued/tightened enough !
wow, that was a surprise.
i got confused, because in the car the sound seemed like it came from driver's side.
and also when i was doing this, i noticed the cv boot on the outer cv driver's side had
a tear. actually turned out well, since i noticed the cv boot, i can re-pack with grease
and put on a split boot.
 
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