Yes — since diesel trucks are typically used to haul big loads, regular brakes, rotors, and calipers just don't provide enough stopping power.
Depending on your make and model, you'll notice some of the following when it's time to bring your truck in for brake service:
No — dude. Obviously not. If your brakes are not operating properly, bite the bullet and get a tow. It's not worth putting your life and others live's at risk.
That said, if your brakes are just getting routine maintenance, by all means drive to the shop. If the squealer is going, it should be safe to drive. Just make sure you take care of it sooner rather than later.
Obviously it's going to depend on how your drive but diesel truck brake pads typically last between 40,000km and 100,000km.
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