Ever since I've owned my '99 Cougar (purchased back in 11/2003), the brakes have seemed a bit grindy. I had the front pads and rotors replaced because of rust (even though the service tech said the pads looked nearly new and the rotors looked freshly machined), and when I went to a different place to have the rear pads and rotors replaced in hopes of solving the grinding which still persisted after servicing the front brakes, they told me it was absolutely unnecessary because, again, the pads and rotors looked nearly new. They insisted that the "grinding" that I hear is because the brake pads that were installed during the last brake service are extremely hard ones. Well it's February now, and I think the grinding is getting a lot worse. In addition, the brakes squeal obnoxiously during braking now, whereas they never squealed even remotely as bad before.