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3 Most Common Brake Noises: Causes and How to Fix Them

Brake Noises: Annoying or Dangerous?

“My brakes squeak” is one of the most common complaints about brakes. Brake noises can be annoying, but can also alert us of an upcoming danger. It's best to play it safe and have brake noises checked by a trusted mechanic.

I will cover three of the most common brake noises I encounter on a daily basis and try to shed some light on the repair.

Some of the repair techniques I share with you here are unorthodox and you will never find them in a service manual or Technical Service Bulletin. If you decide to try them please be cautious and safe.

Let’s check out the three most common problems that cause noisy brakes.

Common Brake Noises and Their Causes

Noise
Possible Cause
Grinding
Stop driving! Usually caused by a lack of brake pad.
Thumping from rear
Hard to diagnose, but usually the rear drums.
Squeaking
Either cheap brake pads or break wear indicator is hitting rotor.
Thumping or squealing
If car is parked outdoors, probably caused by rusted rotors.
Scraping
You may have picked up a rock.

1. Grinding Noise When You Apply Your Brakes: A Wake-Up Call

Hearing a grinding noise when you apply your brakes is really like hitting a rumble strip on the edge of the highway; if you hear this, you need to wake up and stop driving. A grinding noise on braking is usually caused by a lack of brake pad material; the pads and rotors are now metal to metal, with no braking material left.

Brake pads are like bars of soap. Eventually they get used up, and you have to replace them and spend a little money.

If you don’t, and your brakes get to the point of grinding, just imagine dollar signs rising into the air every time you step on the brake pedal, even just a little. The grinding noise is just a little voice whispering in your ear saying, ”You’re killing me!” Mechanics have an acronym for this, it’s called CPR (calipers, pads, and rotors). And when you get the bill for your brake job, you will need CPR (cardio-pulmonary rescuscitation).

If your brakes are grinding, stop driving and call a tow truck. It’s worth it in the long run.

What Happens When You Let That Grinding Noise Go on Too Long

You are supposed to replace the pads so they don’t grind your rotors down to a tissue. If you replace your pads on time you can often keep your rotors.

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2. Thumping Noise From the Rear When Braking

This brake issue is one that will annoy the hell out of the driver, and suck the life out of the technician. It took me months to figure out what caused this thumping noise in the rear of a vehicle when braking. After tearing apart the rear of the vehicle, lubing every bushing, and checking the clearances of every part imaginable, I came to the conclusion that it’s the rear drums that cause the noise.

Many cars have drum brakes in back, where a shoe stops the car by pressing on the inside of a metal drum. Brake drums, like rotors, get resurfaced once in a while. The cutting bit on the brake lathe removes the old braking surface and leaves a nice new mating surface. During this procedure, the cutting bit will create a groove in the brake drum so slight that the naked eye can’t see it; it’s like a groove on a vinyl record that the needle of the record player follows.

When the brake shoes ride on the new surface, they will follow the groove like the needle of your record player follows a track. If the groove is interrupted, the shoes snap back, hitting the backing plate. This phenomenon happens very quickly, causing a thumping noise that will drive you crazy and wondering if your car is falling apart or even safe to drive.

There are several ways to fix this noise. One is to replace the rear drums. A second way, less drastic, is to remove the drums, install them on a lathe, and sand the crap out of the mating surface with coarse sandpaper. The third way I found by trial and error and pure frustration is a quick fix using the emergency brake.

You will not find this procedure in any service manual or car repair manual, not even on car repair talk radio. It can be dangerous if not performed correctly so please be careful. Nevertheless, I have done it on over 100 cars, including family members’ cars, and I would not recommend it if I thought it damaged the vehicle.

How this works is that you get your rear brakes to do 100% of the braking for a few seconds at a time, instead of their usual 30%, and this will cause the brake shoes to polish the grooves out of the drum. For safety reasons, only try this on cars that have an emergency brake handle in the center console; emergency brakes that come up out of the floor can’t be set and released quickly enough.

Drive your car in a remote area with little or no traffic at a speed of about 40 miles an hour. Lightly pull up on the emergency brake handle while holding the release button; this is so the emergency brake handle won’t lock in the braking position, and you can release it quickly. Only hold the emergency brake on for about three seconds because you don’t want to overheat the drums. Do this three to five times, while keeping a steady speed; the noise should disappear, or at least be 90% gone. Then drive the car at normal speeds and use the brakes the way you normally would.

If the noise has not changed, you may have a different thumping noise than what I have described here in this article. Give up on this remedy and try something else.

My sister came to me with this noise after she had her brakes checked at her local garage. They had adjusted her rear brakes so the emergency brake handle had less free play in it, and this is when her troubles began. I took her car out on a test drive for about 10 minutes, performed the procedure described here, and poof, the noise was gone. She was happy because the garage that had caused the noise had no idea how to fix it.

3. "My Brakes Squeak"

A brake squeak can be very annoying, and furthermore might mean something. It may be a sign of danger of some kind, or it may just be a sign of cheap brake pads.

The most common brake squeak is caused by inferior pads. A cheap brake job sounds good when you’re paying for it, but it may come with years of painfully annoying brake squeaks. Cheap brake pads have large metal flakes in the brake material, and when you press the brakes lightly and a flake drags along the rotor, it will squeak. The squeak may go away when that particular flake wears away, but usually there is another metal flake right behind it. The best way to avoid this type of noise is to choose quality brake pads.

If your brakes are squeaking or squealing while driving down the road, but the noise goes away when you press on the brakes, I have a hunch that your brake wear indicator is hitting the rotor and causing the noise. The wear indicator is a small metal tab fastened to the brake pad. When the brake pads are worn down and need replacing, this metal tab starts to drag along the rotor, warning the driver of the potential problem. Don’t ignore the noise too long; the brake pads are thin and need servicing very soon, for safety and to protect the other parts of the braking system.

Brake pad wear indicator:  Metal tab protruding next to pad
Brake pad wear indicator: Metal tab protruding next to pad | Source

Bonus Noise: Thumping or Squealing Caused by Rotors Rusting Overnight

Especially in cars parked outdoors, rust can build up overnight on the rotor around the impression of the pad, causing a thumping or squealing when you drive the car away in the morning.

Noises Caused by Rust on Rotors

A Bonus Noise From the Brake Area

I have one other noise I run into a lot that has nothing to do with the brakes themselves—technically, it has to do with rotors—but I thought it was worth mentioning here because it comes from that area, and a lot of customers assume it's their brakes causing the noise. If your vehicle makes a scraping noise, while driving or when turning a corner, that sounds like something being dragged across a tin plate, it's possible you have picked up a rock from a dirt road or from a freshly repaired pothole: the kind of place where you hear a shower of pebbles hitting the bottom of your car as you drive through. There’s a good possibility that a rock has gotten lodged between the rotor and the backing plate, making an awful noise that is causing your ears to bleed. Just have the rock removed and be on your way.

Or sometimes the backing plate behind the rotor gets bent while the car is being worked on, and it scrapes against the rotor.

A Rock Stuck Next to the Rotor

There's an easier way to remove a rock stuck behind the rotor: bend the backing plate a little, as shown in the video below!

Scraping Noise From Behind Rotor

I sincerely hope that all the information here will help diagnose that noise that seems to be coming from your brakes. I know that some of my methods are a bit out of the box, but it's what we do sometimes to repair vehicles. There is always a better way, but if you don't try new ideas, you'll never discover it. A wise man once said, "If you do the same things over and over, expecting different results, you must be crazy."

For a couple of other common car noises, see the video below.

Three Common Car Noises

The video above describes squeaking from brake pad wear indicators; a clicking in the front end combined with a shaking steering wheel; and a metallic, knocking noise that happens in the front end while turning.

More on Brakes by Eddie Carrara

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Comments 342 comments

burr 5 years ago

My brake pads fell of while i was driving


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Burr, that's not good... you might want to get that checked. Did you do a brake job yourself?


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DoctorDarts 4 years ago

Very useful brake info. Voted up mate.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Doc, I appreciate the vote and the comment :)


Jackie 4 years ago

Good information thank you!


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You are very welcome Jackie,

Let me know if I can answer any questions for you :) Take care, and thanks for stopping by.


Jack 4 years ago

My 1998 chevy truck has drum in the back had my brakes replaced with different shoes 3 times and still makes the same noise sounds like a bus stopping after driving for a while please help ad yes drums where resurfaced


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jack,

We had a similar problem with the Honda Odyssey, we had to replace the drums with an updated drum which was more heavy duty. You may want to replace the drums with premium drums. Let me know if that helps Jack, thanks.


Trish 4 years ago

I have a high pitched house coming from my right tire break area.It doesn't seem to happen whenbraking and goes away when going over 40 mph. Any ideas


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Trish,

The noise you're hearing is caused by the brake pad wear indicator, when the brake pads are getting thin, a metal tab on the brake pads rubs on the rotor and causes a high pitched squeal, when you apply your brakes the noise goes away. Have your brakes checked and let me know what you find Trish, thanks :)


Jamie 4 years ago

HI,

my brakes have been grinding and squealing for about a month now. Yesterday is stopped, and there was a bad clunk, and they went to the floor. I tried pumping them and got them back. But now the noise it makes is just awful. I don't know what to do. I don't have any money, and I don't want to damage the car. can you help me with what it might be? I also checked the brake fluid, it was on Min. Oh, the brakes seemed fine until we got a horrible rain fall, and that's when they started squealing.


Luis 4 years ago

I have drilled and slotted rotors on my passat the right side passenger seems to sqeal. The brake pads look good, i cant figure out why they sqeal and its only that side


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jamie, It sounds like your brake pad got so thin it slipped through the caliper, and now the piston is hitting the rotor. I don't recommend driving the car until you have enough money to have it checked out and buy at least a set of brake pads. Let me know how you make out Jamie.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Luis,

You can try removing the front brake pads and tr sanding the leading edge of the pad, and make sure all the pad/caliper contact points are lubed with an anti squeak lube, like Monykote 77 or something similar. Let me know how you make out with the squeak Luis, thanks.


gladys 4 years ago

hi i have a 1996 hyundai. in sometime i cant get it out of park.cound this be something with the gear box or my back brake


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Gladys,

Usually when your car will not come out of park, it is because the brake light switch located at the brake pedal is faulty. As a safety precaution, manufactures want to make sure you are stepping on the brakes before you put the transmission in gear, so the gear shift selector has a solenoid that is energized buy stepping on the brake pedal, thus releasing the gear shift lever from it's locked position. So if your car will not come out of park, have someone see if your brake lights are working at the same time the shift lever is stuck, if the brake lights are not working, replace the switch.

Hope this helps, if you have any questions, let me know, take care Gladys.


Christian 4 years ago

I seem to have an ongoing problem with my 2003 Mazda protégé My car is a stick shift, when getting it up to 3000 rpms into 3rd gear while pressing on the gas my car is fine, accelerating fine, but as soon as i left off the gas petal the car starts to make a sort of thumping or multiple horses galloping sound. The whole car vibrates and depending how many rpms i left off at the faster the "galloping goes" I can feel it coming from under my feet when driving but I'm not exactly sure of its exact location. Please help. thx


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Christian,

If you push in the clutch does the noise go away?

The noise only happens when the clutch is engaged and you are slowing down?

Does it happen in all gears?

Do you get the noise when you're using the transmission to brake, like when exiting from a highway, going from 5th to 4th and 4th to 3rd or just at slow speeds?

Let me know Christian, thanks.


Tina marie 4 years ago

Hi. For a few days ive been hearing a grinding noise when i back up or hit my brakes to slow down/stop. After driving for a bit, it disappears. I like the "stone or rock trapped between the pad/rotor" idea you suggest. But should this sound just "disappear" like its been? Then the next time i move, probably most cases, the next day, the sound from the car is back? Weird. Plan on calling the dealership or just a local place to take a look but wanted to sift around a bit for answers. Thanks for any insight you might have.

2010 toyota matrix AWD ... Under 6000 miles. Lightly driven and local roads :)


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tina,

It sounds like a brake pad wear indicator, but at 6k miles it's unlikely unless you have a caliper sticking causing the brake pads to wear extremely fast.

The dust shield could be too close to the rotor and as the brakes heat up, the metal expands and the noise goes away.

Your car is still under warranty so it shouldn't cost you anything to have it looked at. Let me know what you find Tina, I'm very curious to know if I'm on the right track, thanks :)


tina marie glinski 4 years ago

hello, remember me? the noise that was coming from my front end was, and get this, a bent dust shield, left tire. minor and the local auto place didn't even charge me to fix it. I was shocked!! so, there you go.


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tina, so I was right on the money :) if they would have charged you, it would just be wrong, especially at 6k miles.

If you ever need any questions answered about your car, let me know. If you know anyone who has a question with their car, like family, friends, facebook, blah, blah, blah, share my site with them, you'll be killing 2 birds with one stone.

Thank you Tina for the feedback, I really appreciate it, take care for now :)


bryan 4 years ago

i have a 1993 chevy silverado i replaced both front calipers pads font brake lines bled the system till no air was coming out but i still cant get hardly any brake pedal i also changed my master cylinder any input would be greatly appreciated


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Bryan,

Does the truck have rear drum brakes? Sometimes if the rear shoes are way out of adjustment, it can cause a low brake pedal, but not a soft brake pedal. Let me know if you have any questions about how to adjust the rear brakes, also let me know if it fixes your problem, if not, maybe you can try gravity bleeding the brakes.


bryan 4 years ago

hey eddie,im not familiar with adjusting the back brakes but they have plenty of pad left,its worth looking into though,i am stumped,i have bled them several more times since my last post and the pedal{while running}still goes to the floor with no resistance it starts activating the brakes about 2 to3 inches from the floor,i am familiar with the pump method of bleeding how does gravity bleeding work,also yes i do have rear drum brakes..thanks


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Bryan,

Did this only happen after you replace the front calipers? Or was the brake pedal low before all this work was done?

Gravity bleeding is easy but time consuming. First you have to make 4 brake bleeding bottles, clear plastic if possible, like a Gatorade bottle. Drill a hole in the cap, then put a piece of 1/4'' rubber hose through the hole until the hose reaches the bottom of the bottle,(this is so you can watch the flow of brake fluid from each tube and the air bubbles coming from the tube) make sure the hose inside the bottle is submerged in brake fluid to prevent air from getting in the system vie the hose, leave about a 12'' of hose out the top of the bottle, connect all 4 bottles to the bleeders at each wheel, fill the reservoir, and then open all 4 bleeders , keep an eye on the master cylinder reservoir and top off as needed. Watch all the bleeder hose for the bubbles to stop, once you're confident the air is out of the system, close all bleeders.

If you don't know how to adjust rear drum brakes, you can have someone do it for you or you can attempt it yourself. I found a video on YouTube for you, go to the 16 min mark on the video. http://youtu.be/dS5bwkwgQDA

Let me know how you make out Bryan or if you have any other questions, take care for now.


bryan 4 years ago

actually it started out as my front left caliper was starting to seize up the more i applied the brake the harder the pedal got i mean rock hard it was fine up until then,that problem is fixed its just the no pedal problem now i will gravity bleed the system see if the rear brakes need adjusting and hopefully it fixes the problem i will let you know how it goes wont be able to get to it for a day or two though i live in s.louisiana waituing for the storm to pass but i will let you know thank you so much for your advice


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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Sure Bryan, no problem. Good luck with Isaac, hopefully it won't hit hard.


bryan 4 years ago

thank's eddie


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Pool Of Thoughts 3 years ago from Southern Ohio

You're the best! I've been wondering what that thumping sound could be every time I hit the brakes. Only thing is I drive a 2008 Ford Econoline E350 van and it seems to be coming from the front more than the back. I dunno, I listen closer next time. Thanks for the article! It tells me where to look now. Voted up and useful.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Pool Of Thoughts,

If you can figure out where it's coming from, what speed it happens at, if it happens consistently and if it's consistent with wheel speed, let me know, maybe we can dig a little deeper and figure it out, I got some ideas :)


hortense 3 years ago

hi i have a 96 chevrolte lumina and when i press on my breaks i hear a loud bump noise what is that my mechanic just replaced my break kit on my car can u tell me what that noise might be from it comes from my back tires


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Hortense,

Did your mechanic replace the rear brakes? And do you know if you have brake shoes or pads in the rear? It may just be pad shift , but without hearing the noise it's difficult to diagnose. If your mechanic just replace your rear brakes, you should bring it back to the shop and have them check their work, they may have installed something wrong. I'll wait to hear back from you on those two questions.


dee coco 3 years ago

i parked into a parking space today. i turned off my car and about 30 secs later something popped under the gear shift in the middle and the car shook back and forth like i had braked hard. what could this be?? i hope nothing broke inside my car.. i then drove my car slowly back and forth until i was sure i could drive back home.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dee coco,

Is it an automatic transmission?

Any unusual noises when driving?


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skylarboo 3 years ago from San Diego, California

I went with aftermarket break pads on my Infinity QX56 and they squealed the whole time until I just changed them. The 'trusted' mechanic we used said it was because they were after market, but I am thinking now he just didn't install them right. The new ones we got were also not Infinity pads and they are completely silent now.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Skylarboo,

Some aftermarket pads are notorious for squealing, it really depends on the amount of metal they use in the brake material and how large the flakes are. Some manufacturers have started using an organic material for the pads which are extremely quiet, but cheep pads usually have large chunks of metal throughout the pad material, those chunks are what cause the brake squeak/squeal. I would have to say the mechanic is tell you the truth on this one :) Let me know if you have any other questions skylarboo, you know where to find me :)


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY

Voted up. Thanx for the useful tips! I have two vehicles with that bonus noise, now I believe I can take care of it.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Will,

Glad I could help, and thanks for the vote :) If you can't figure it out, just give me a shout and we can figure it out together, take care for now.


Stony2013 3 years ago

Hello.

Please help. Last July I had my breaks done. New life time pads. Rotars turned in the front. Now when I break it is like my car thumps. I do hear some noise but not a metal on metal sound. It crabs as I slow down with breaks on. If I am going slow the breaks do not do this only if I am going a good speed does it make this grabbing action. If you have an Idea what this could be I would appreciate any advice. Thank you. Sharon


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sharon,

Do you have rear drum brakes?

What kind if car is it? Year, make, and model, thanks.


Lunet 3 years ago

The info was much appreciated and I voted it up. I have a nissan sentra and just experienced the same exact problem that Jamie commented about a few months ago... from the thunk and pumping of brakes, to the rain. How much do you approximate a good mechanic will charge for the repairs?


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Lunet,

The labor would be about 2-3 hours, the rotors would run from $35- $80 and a pad set will cost about $30- $60, it all depends on what parts you use, aftermarket or OEM. Let me know if I can help you in any other way Lunet, and thanks for the vote, I really appreciate it, and if you would like to share it on Facebook I won't mind a bit :)


Chad 3 years ago

Hey,

My brake caliber was missing a bolt that fell out. I had to replace the caliper bracket and now when I go in reverse my car will drive ok, but if I press the brake the car will jerk, stop right away (like I slammed the brakes) and make a loud squeal sound. Also if I go straight back its not always the issue, but if I turn my wheel even a little then it slams the brakes and squeals. What could be causing this?


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

It sounds like your brake line is twisted, I would pull off your wheels and take a close look at your rubber brake lines that connect to the caliper. Let me know what you find I'm interested and curious :) If you don't find anything still come back here and maybe we can dig a little deeper.


Brent 3 years ago

Hi,

I have a 2002 Subaru Outback that I just got my brakes replaced on because they were down to "10% life" and were squealing when stopping. Now, with the new ones, it is making like a whirring noise as I slow down. It starts out as a faint whir, then gets louder as I come to a complete stop. Any ideas? Maybe I can get an audio recording or something...


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Brent,

Did you have the rotors replaced or resurfaced? If the rotors were resurfaced sometimes for the first couple hundred miles, the brakes make that kind of noise, the noise is caused by not doing a finish fine cut. What happens is the cutting bits leave deep grooves in the rotor on the rough cut, like a vinyl record. The grooves are not noticeable with the naked eye. It's not dangerous, just annoying. Let me know if you have more questions Brent :)


joshua tucci 3 years ago

Joshua Tucci

hi, I have the swine noise coming from the left front brake wheel area and it's really loud when driving normal speeds and goes away soon as I press in the brake pedal. By the way I have a 1996 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Joshua,

The noise you're hearing is caused by the brake pad wear indicator. You need to have your brakes checked because you pads are low. Let me know what you find, I would really appreciate it :)


Brent 3 years ago

Thanks for your reply Eddie! The invoice says "Rotors re-surface (Turn)". So, I will just wait for the noise to go away then. Just making sure nothing was wrong. Thanks again.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Sure Brent, no problem, let me know is the noise subsides, and thank you for the feedback :)


sjt32 3 years ago

I have a 2003 Hyundai Accent and when I got the car they still drove the vehicle knowing the brakes are bad a good year on those I changed them and now when I reverse the front left tire crackles/clanks when starting in reverse and a bit straightening out to go forward and stops turning corning sometimes as well idk uncle thinks something with the boot or axle any in put would be helpful thank u


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi SJT32,

I recommend looking at your outer axle boots, see if there ripped open or leaking grease. I don't believe neglecting a brake job wound cause this problem. Let me know what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)


3 years ago

Thanx will do


jen 3 years ago

Hey,

I have a 2000 ford focus with a manual transmission. As I was leaving work today I slowly started to pull out of the parking lot which is on a tiny bit of a slope when I heard a loud snap. It kind of sounded like a spring would sound if it broke. I looked under the car and hood and didn't notice anything so I drove home. Driving home all sounded good. I wonder what it was????


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jen,

It's possible you may have hit something and it hit the bottom of your car? Maybe? Keep driving it, but keep an ear out for abnormal noises. Hope this helps.


bal 3 years ago

I took my jetta in for new brakes and rotors on all 4 tires. When I got there to pick it up the mechanic said the wheels which are after market wont fit over the new brakes and rotors and that I need a spacer. does that sound right? please help


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Bal,

No that doesn't sound right, if the rims fit over the old parts, there should be no reason they wont fit over the new parts, unless the mechanic installed the wrong parts. He either need to get the spacers or install the right parts, I recommend the right parts, spacers shorten the wheel studs and only cause more problems. Let me know what happens Bal, thanks.


jen 3 years ago

No I haven't hit anything.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jen,

How is your car driving? do you notice anything different? If not, I really wouldn't worry too much, it could have been something as simple as a rock in your tire tread and it flew out as you were driving, then it hit the bottom of your car. Let me know if you have any other concerns, thanks :)


Chris 3 years ago

Hi! I'm glad that I finally came across this article! I have a 1990 Honda Accord. As I'm driving I can hear a metal tinging sound, kind of like hangers clanking together. It's subtle, sounds like thin metal, and it seems to make noise with bumps in the road. I'm pretty sure it's coming from the rear passenger side. In addition, every so often I'll get a thumping noise from the same area. It speeds up as I accelerate and slows down as I decelerate. The thump goes away after I brake to a near stop. Do you think this is a brake drum issue? I can't see anything visible in the area that's out of the ordinary. I just tried taking the drum off to inspect inside. I loosened it and could pull it off about 1/4 and that's as far as I could go. I used the banging and bolt methods. No luck getting it off. Anyway, am I looking in the right place as to the culprit of these noises? Thank you!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chris,

I don't think the thumping noise in the rear are the drums, if the thumping noise was while braking, then I would say it's definitely your drums.

If you want to remove the drums, you need to back off the self adjuster inside the drum. Remove the plug in the rear of the backing plate and use a drum spoon or brake adjuster spoon to back off the adjuster. Once you have the drums off, you may need to have them resurfaced or replace. This may take care of the thumping noise, I'm not 100% sure, but it might.

The thin metal rattle noise is probably caused by the heat shield on the top of the "B" pipe, it's very common to have the bolts rust off and cause a rattle noise. I recommend checking all the heat shields on the exhaust, top and bottom of the pipes, not the shields mounted to the bottom of the vehicle.

Let me know what you find Chris, and if you have other questions or you want to give me more information, I'll be right here :)


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You're welcome usacartitleloans, and thank you for taking the time to comment and read the hub :)


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the800loanstore 3 years ago

The brakes are one of those things people try to avoid and "hold off" until it's too late. This is a huge problem for a lot of folks, but for some reason they dont learn.

Great hub!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks the800loanstore, I appreciate the feedback :)


Chris 3 years ago

I think I finally solved my problem. I replaced all of the shoes in the rear and added some lube to the backing plate. The car is riding like new again!

The old pads were worn down but they didn't seem worn enough to cause any problems. However, the shoes were tight against the backing plate and not able to move easily. On the problem wheel, I found two decent sized metal pieces that were lodged in the area where the drum meets the plate. They had broken off of the drum edge. I think this what the metal tinging noise that I heard. I should mention that the noises that I described in my last post changed. The tinging and thump went away and became a metal scraping sound when I would turn in the direction of the problem wheel and would intensify if I pulled on the emergency brake. It sounded so bad that I parked the car and stopped driving it for a couple weeks.

When I was having trouble removing the drums, I gave in and took it to the shop. I paid a diagnostic fee for them to tell me that they could hear a lot of noise and that they would replace part after part of the suspension until the problem was resolved. The estimate was starting at $800 and it said it could cost more. I was mad because I don't think they even put it on the lift to do a visual inspection and I know they didn't open the drum. With the help of a snake camera, I was able to see the adjuster wheel and get those drums off. It cost me a total of $30 to do this repair. My figures are crossed! Thanks for your article and helping me find the solution!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chris,

Good for you!! If a shop or mechanic ever tells you they need to replace parts until it fixed, don't walk away, RUN!!! To me that is just plain lazy, they can't even consider themselves mechanics, we call them parts replacers.

I'm glad you took the initiative to figure out the rear brake adjuster, it's a very simple design, but a bit confusing if you have never had to deal with it, now you can adjust your rear brakes when the parking brake feels low or your brake pedal feel low :)

After replacing shoes, adjust the rear brakes so that the shoes are just starting to hit the drum, to do this, pull up on the e-brake to center the shoes, then spin the drum while adjusting the shoes, once you feel slight drag on the drum, stop, your done. Do both sides and then check your e-brake, it should come up 3-7 clicks.

When ever I replace rear brakes, I'll usually tap off all the rust on the drum with a small hammer, that just prevents chips from breaking off in the future and causing the scraping noise you had.

If you ever need any advice or you have more questions Chris, you know where to find me, and if you could push that little Facebook like button to the right for me, that would help me out big time :) Thanks Chris!


John 3 years ago

Hi there and firstly what an excellent service you provide mate !!! My wife has a 2000 hyundai amica automatic, when we release the brake pedal there is a tiny squeak for about a second, it doesn't happen when you press the brake only when you release it, any ideas advice greatly appreciated ...


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John,

Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

Does the vehicle have rear drum brakes or disc?


John 3 years ago

Hi there after a bit of digging i found this

ventilated discs front, drums rear

with wear squeal shims - hope that helps ! ;-)


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John,

That's great, because a common noise with drum brakes is the contact points. What happens is the shoes wears the grease or lube off the backing plate over time at the contact point, then it rust and starts making a squeak noise as you push the brake pedal, it just caused by the brake shoes rubbing on the backing plate with no lube, it's not dangerous, just annoying.

An easy fix is to remove the drum and lube each contact point on each shoe where it meets the backing plate, or have a rear brake job done by someone who knows what they are doing :) Mention that you have the squeaking noise so they are prepared to lube the contact point when replacing the shoes. Let me know if this help John or if you have more questions, and if you don't mind, could you push the Facebook like button at the right, and don't forget to vote on this article at the top of the comment box, it really help me out, thanks John :)


Susan 3 years ago

My car was making an ungodly noise today- grinding sound when I turned the wheel, also when braking (but the brake pedal doesn't feel spongy) It didn't only make noise while braking. I actually experienced squeaking/grinding noises back in May for 3 or 4 days, it just as suddenly stopped. Then again last month, it was louder. Then stopped after a few days. These incidents seemed to coincide with wet and/or humid weather. It sounds like I'm dragging something, but I don't see anything amiss. Everything under hood looks okay. I'm flummoxed.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Susan,

The noise you're describing sounds like a small rock stuck between the brake rotor and backing plate. Sometimes while driving over freshly filled potholes or a paved road, you can hear all the little rocks hitting the bottom of the car, sometimes these rocks get stuck in the wheels and brake assemblies and cause noises, the noise usually sounds like a pie plate dragging on the ground. Let me know if this sounds like your noise Susan, thanks.


Susan Israel 3 years ago

It does sound like that. I can't see anything stuck. I stopped at the garage I use and the mechanic thought it was the brakes, but I guess he'll be able to tell better when he takes things apart. This is a garage where I don't have to worry about the mechanics; they never try to sell a bit of goods you don't need so I think if it turns out to be something else, it won't be a problem. I'm bringing it tomorrow morning. It makes noise whether I'm using brakes or not. Trifle louder when I brake but the brake light hasn't gone on (and when I needed brakes in 2006, believe me, it did!) Wheel bearing, maybe? Or hopefully what you suggested, it would be a relatively easy fix. I drove around to do errands over the weekend- didn't get worse- or better.


Susan 3 years ago

I'll be sure to post what it turns out to be.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Ok Susan, sounds good.

Just to clarify, if a brake pad wear indicator is making the noise, generally the noise will subside while braking (generally), that's why I didn't point you in that direction, and wheel bearings usually make a growling noise or a noise like marbles rolling around in a metal bowl. Thanks for keeping me up to date Susan :)


Susan 3 years ago

Turns out that it was the brakes after all- mechanic replaced pads and rotors and all is silent again. Fairly inexpensive too. Thank you for your responses!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Awesome Susan, glad I could help. If you ever need any automotive advice Susan, you know where to find me, and if you know of anyone who needs some automotive help, send them my way. Thanks for all your feedback and take care for now :)

If you have time, you could share this on Facebook by clicking the button to the right, and please be sure to vote thumbs up or down at the top of the comments, it really help me out a lot :)


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Mel Harmon 3 years ago

I'm so excited to find you! I don't have Facebook or any social site but will always do the thumbs up thing and whatever else I can do (I'm brand new at Hub pages) because your answers are so detailed, well written and helpful. You are so generous with your time, I'm amazed.

Thanks for being here.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mel, and thank you :)

HubPages is a great place to share your life experiences and know how, at first, writing here will feel a bit daunting and uncomfortable, but just start writing, do worry about hubbers judging your work, most of the hubbers here will encourage you and give you some advice (constructive criticism) to make your hubs easy to read an more interesting. Keep one thought in mind when writing your first hub, you're new here, and you will only get better with practice and time, so start writing, and Welcome to HubPages :)


hanoo7 3 years ago

hi edd my brakes are still new but still hearing a strange noise like hard rubbing its checked but no solution ...


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Hanoo,

I would check to make sure the backing plate is not hitting the rotor, also, make sure the anti rattle clips are not rubbing against the rotor. If your rotors have a lot of rust on them, sometimes the rust will rub against brake components. Let me know if this helps Hanoo, thanks.


Theresa 3 years ago

I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima that I had the front brake pads, rotors, and brake hoses replaced. Now, I'm hearing occassionally a noise when braking. The mechanic doesn't hear the noise like I do when driving.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Theresa,

What kind of noise is it? At what speeds do you hear it at? Did you road test the vehicle with the customer in the vehicle so you could point out the noise?

It's possible the anti rattle clip is bent or out of place or the rotor backing plate is bent and hitting the rotor. Let me know what you think Theresa, thanks.


moe19822 3 years ago

Ok i have a 97 Nissan Sentra i have a Noise on my car that's gotten worse. It was mild at first. My ex bf kept telling me oh you just need new brake pads but i have a feeling its not just that. When i turn the wheel to the left only it makes a, popping sound just like when the axles need replacing BUT the axles have been relaxed just a couple months back and it only happens when i turn the wheel to the left it makes the sound when im slowly accelerate the car and go and a scrapping like something rubbing against my tired when im driving any thoughts plz help thank you


Steve 3 years ago

Hi I have slotted and drilled rotors and wanted to ask if you know how to stop the annoying noise that sounds like I've put the old plastic card on my back push bike wheel haha it's so annoying but don't want drilled on the front and not the rear I understand it's because the air is getting locked in the holes because the rear are not kangaroo pawed and are solid I've done so much research and nothing thanks for any help I like my brake quiet haha


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Moe, it sounds like you have two different problems. The popping sound, does it change with the speed of the wheels? Like if you were to do slow turns in an empty parking lot and then speed up, would the noise change?

The scrapping noise against your wheel, have you looked around your wheel when the steering wheel is turned all the way to the left to see if it really is something rubbing against your tire, like a splash shield? Let me know, thanks.

Hi Steve, are these aftermarket rotors? I'm not really sure what the problem is, I've never heard of solid rotors make any type of noise like what you describe. Is the noise coming from the slotted rotors or the solid rotors? Are the slotted rotors directional rotors? Let me know steve, I want your brakes quiet too :)


moe19822 3 years ago

The popping noise is only when i slow the car down or turn the wheel or when im at a dead stop and I'm starting to accelerate it will pop then of course it goes away once I'm going on the road pretty much its only when im slowing down taking off slowly and turning my wheel


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Moe, did you replace your axles or just repack the cv joints with grease? Let me know, thanks :)


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Amanda McKenzie 3 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

Hi Eddie, I just found your hub page today and you seem to really know your stuff! I have a question for you and I'm not sure if it's the brakes or if I'm just assuming the worst. I have a 2005 Camry LE (4 cylinder), I had my brake pads replaced around April of 2012, they've been working just fine. But sometimes if I'm driving at a high rate of speed (usually around 60-80mph on the highway) and I have to start braking, I hear this 'whomp" sound. I'm not sure if that's the most accurate sound to describe but the vehicle doesn't shake or "chug" when braking. Also the other day I noticed while driving around town running errands that my brakes again made that whomp whomp whomp sound when braking from 45 mph. I hear the noise in the front of the vehicle, more on the passenger side. I'm not TOO concerned as my brakes work and I think I read somewhere that that's a feature of Toyota when braking from a high speed but I wanted to get your advice. Thanks for your help!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Amanda, I hope I don't disappoint you :) Do you know if your car has rear drum brakes? Let me know, thanks.


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Amanda McKenzie 3 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

I DO have rear drum brakes.


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Amanda,

I know you say that you hear the noise in the front, but it's very difficult to discern where noises come from while driving because they seem to echo around the passengers compartment. The whomp whomp whomp noise is probably caused by the drums.

The drums start out completely round (New), and over time they become oval because of heat and normal wear. It's nothing to worry about, but when you have your next rear brake job, the mechanic will probably resurface the drums and the nose should subside.

Let me know if this makes sense to you Amanda, and if you have any other questions or concerns, I'll be right here :)


moe19822 3 years ago

Yes i replaced the axles and just recently changed my brake pads so i know its not something rubbing against anything but i test drove my car and its still sounds like something is rubbing not scraping but rubbing against something when i turn the wheel it makes a rubbing sound /creaking sound and when i start to accelerate then it goes away so its when i accelerate and SLOWLY turn the wheel


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Moe, check the wheel well area, turn the wheels to the point where you would normally start to hear the noise and see if your tire is coming close to rubbing on something in the wheel well area like a mudguard or fender well liner. Let me know what you find, if anything, thanks.


jonele 3 years ago

my 1996 honda odyssey is squeaking when reversing and driving it sounds like air being realeasd from a tyre like a phsh noise do u know what it may mean


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jonele, the noise you're describing sounds like the wear indicators on the brake pads, when your brake pads are low, there is a little metal tab on the pads that hit's the rotors warning you to change your brake pads. Let me know if you have any other questions Jonele.


moe19822 3 years ago

Could it be possiblemaybe a bad wheel bearing cause the noise sounds loud sometimes i hear it other times it doesn't i thought only two possiblethings maybe the cv joint or wheel bearings??


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Moe, wheel bearings won't make a popping or rubbing sound, CV joints will. Maybe you have a broken sway bar link and it's hitting the control arm when accelerating making a popping noise? Have you checked the exhaust heat shields for the scraping noise, it may be a rattle that sounds like a scraping noise, let me know How, thanks.


Mary Kane 3 years ago

My brakes in the front drivers or something clunks when I step on the brake any ideas?


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mary, what is the year make and model of the vehicle you drive? How fast do you need to be going in order to hear this noise? Is it one clunk or several clunks? Give me as much detail as possible Mary, thanks.


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Very helpful indeed. After reading this I believe I do need to have mechanic check rear brake drums, thanks.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

No, thank you Ruby, I really appreciate the feedback, and if you ever need any advice about your car, you know where to find me :)


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

A very informative article Eddie. You have offered us all in an easy to understand language answers to those funny and odd noises that common drivers have no answers too. Well done!

Too being of this industry the noises from brakes are not only annoying, but as pointed out can offer hints. Those hints you shared many times lead to more expenses if not attended to with the care needed. Good technicians with a high degree for the savvy of both recognizing and applying problem solving skills do at times have immeasurable worth. Brakes are a system of the automobile that should not be ignored when those funny and at times odd noises appear.

Again, this article offers a why for those noises and the need for a qualified technician to offer a cure.

tim


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Wow Tim, well said, and thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts on my Hub :)


Scared 2 years ago

My car made a loud cracking sound and then hissed when backing up and a clicking sound when I drove it had brakes but the clicking sound got louder when braking


aaron 2 years ago

i have a 3 series bmw automatic my rear brakes are getting tighter when im driving can u help


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Scared, when did you have you brakes replace?

Hi Aaron, it sounds like there is a blockage in the line (lines) or the brake switch is out of adjustment. I would check the lines first because if it were the brake switch, usually the front brakes start locking up first. Let me know what you find Aaron, or if you have more questions, I'll be right here.


Isobe 2 years ago

I went to drive my car, put it into 1st gear, let handbrake off, excelerated slowly n there was a crunch noise from which appeared to be right front direction, the car appeared to sink into the ground a bit....i thought flat tyre but no, then i thought i had went over something metal but no nothing under car.....what could it be? Car is scheduled to get new brake pads n service on mon


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Isobe, it sounds like a coil spring broke, how does the wheel look? and did the car actually sink on one side?


Aubrey 2 years ago

So glad I came across this article! Great information. My dilemma/ question (which hopefully you haven't already answered 100 times) is that when slowing down my front right wheel makes a whirring/ rubbing sound. It's when I get down to about 20 mph or less. Don't have to hit the brakes to hear it. My vehicle is a 2007 Ford Expedition EL. I've had a mechanic look at my rotors and pads and tell me they are both fine. The noise is driving me nuts!!! What could it be?


Aubrey 2 years ago

Ok so I just possibly saw the answer about it being the rotors because I did have them refinished. Mine were done a while ago though so I've got more than a couple hundred miles on them. Why might it start now? Or do I just need to buy new rotors?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Aubrey, sorry I didn't see your comment :(

I think you may be hearing a wheel bearing noise, if you hear the noise when your not braking, I doubt it's a rotor sound. Find my article on wheel bearing noises, ( Click on my profile pic and you'll find all my articles) then watch the videos on wheel bearing noises, then let me know if this is the noise you're hearing, OK? Thanks :)


Aubrey 2 years ago

Watched the wheel bearing videos. Not the sound I'm hearing. We don't hear the noise at all unless we are slowing down and our vehicle doesn't shake at all. The noise also goes away sometimes when the weather is really rainy. The last mechanic that heard the sound didn't look at the vehicle but did hear the sound. He said he thought the rotors may have a slight groove in them and that when the pad and rotor are meeting together they're rubbing. Also that there might be a little dirt in between the two. Said that that didn't mean either needed to be replaced but that I might have to deal with the sound until something went bad. I know I know my vehicle the best and may be picky with it but I don't want to have to hear this sound when slowing down.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Aubrey, the best thing to do is have the brakes checked by a mechanic who is willing to give it some effort, the brakes need to be checked over thoroughly, not just glanced at. First the mechanic need to test drive the vehicle with you so you can point out the noise, then do a thorough inspection. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.


Aaron 2 years ago

front of my truch is making a slight grinding noise. it came and went a few times. it seed to be worse while braking, but a few times the noise stopped from braking. now its almost constant even when not braking. my brakes have definatly bin squeeking for a wile on an off.

sidenote: vehicles handling does not change when the noise is happening. it even drives straight down the road when i let go of steering wheel. besides the squeking all this happened in one day after a weekend of 1000+km highway driving. thanks


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Aaron, I would have your brakes checked, it sounds like your metal to metal. This would not have any effect on the alignment, FYI. Let me know what you find Aaron, thanks.


Laura 2 years ago

I have a 2005 dodge Durango when I put my truck in reverse and back up there is an aweful squealing noise but it's only when I back up... Not when I apply my breaks just backing up but the noise sounds like it's coming from my breaks!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Laura, I would have to say that it's either a small rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate or the brake pad wear indicator warning you that you need brakes. Have someone stand outside the vehicle while you back up to find out which wheel it's coming from, then inspect that wheel. Let me know if this helps Laura or if you have more questions, thanks.


Laura 2 years ago

Eddie, I took my truck to the shop this morning and a piece of metal had got lodged between the rotor and the backing plate! Thank You so much!!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Laura, that's great, beats paying for a brake job :) Glad I could help, if you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me. Try not to keep me a secret, tell people you know, I promise I wont run out of answers, lol. Take care Laura, and thanks for the update, I really appreciate it.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Could someone please hit the facebook like button? I need to find out if it's working, I have over 120 comments here and only 16 likes??? That just doesn't seem possible, thanks for all your help :)


Catherine 2 years ago

Eddie. I have a 1999 ford expedition. I was driving the kids home from school,and then this loud thump, like something fell from underneath the truck. I pulled over didn't see anything.So nothing fell off. So then I had to put hazards lights on scared to drive. Moving 20 mph it made squeaky noise from the back. We made it home and I tried to back up and it sounded as if I was dragging something in the ground. Put it in drive the digging noise went away but still squeaky..My daughter said it was coming from the back passenger side tire.Help please...


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Catherine, sounds like maybe one of the rear brakes has a problem, maybe even the e-brake. Some car manufactures use brake shoes on the inside of the rear brake rotors, if your's has this type of e-brake system, something may have came apart inside the drum, Or, its' possible you picked up a rock and it's lodged between the rotor and backing plate, ether problem will need to be looked at by a mechanic asap. Let me know what you find Catherine, I'm very curious, thanks.


michaelmum 2 years ago

Ive got a 2011 Honda accord w/less than 9k on it. this afternoon i was headed to lunch and i heard that hi pitched squeal mentioned in the "other noise" section. I live in Northern Va and we have had quite a bit of snow lately, with ice and sand all over the road. I think some debris is between my rotor and backing plate is this an easy fix ? Or will I have to take it to a dealer


Tyra 2 years ago

Hi my car Peugeot 206CC made a grinding noise when braking for a few minutes now it won`t move in start wheels aren`t turning...please help with some advice...Thanks


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi michaelmum,

If you know which wheel the noise is coming from, try reaching the backing plate through the rim with a long screwdriver, try to bend the plate away from the rotor in several different spots, the debris may fall out, if not, you may need to remove the wheel and physically look between the backing plate and rotor. Keep me posted on what you find michaelmum, thanks.

Hi Tyra,

The brakes made a grinding noise, and now the vehicle wont move? Is that right?


Sue Lavalla 2 years ago

What is the average " life span" for brakes? I have a 2001 Dodge Caravan Sport and have repeatedly had to have front brakes replaced. One of last times I had the front brakes done, they needed to be replaced again (rotors and pads) in less than a year (wouldn't pass inspection here in NH) 10 months after that, same garage said the rear brakes were gone requiring new drum, wheel cylinder, everything - but only one side? Van ended up back in shop 2 weeks later because they hadn't bled lines right :(

Rear brakes have always made a squeal in wet weather, but now front brakes are starting that tell-tale grind Not all the time (mainly when my husband drives with his lead foot LOL) but enough that I'm hearing from him the need to be fixed again and enough that I'm really getting annoyed with having to constantly replace them

Any ideas? Thanks :)


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sue,

Are you bringing it to a dodge dealer or an aftermarket shop? (PepBoys, Vip) You could try OEM brakes (original equipment) they may last longer with less noise, or you could trade the Caravan in for an Odyssey with far less problems and a better trade in value, lol. Sorry bad joke :)

Your question does't have a standard answer because all brake pads have a different life span due to lead foot syndrome, pad quality, and environmental conditions.

The average brake life expectancy on a Honda is 30k-50k, some of the Honda drum brakes go well over 100k. But I have see GM brakes last 15k, and the mechanic says it's normal, really? so as you can see there is no exact formula for brake life expectancy, but in your case, I think you brakes are failing much too fast and you should be getting much more life.

The mechanic has a lot to do with it also because if they don't clean the calipers and lube all the contact points properly, you can have all kinds of problems like squeaks, premature wear, soft brake pedal, and pulsations.

I hope this answers your question Sue, and if you have any more questions, I'll be right here. Send me some feedback and let me know how you make out, and don't forget, the squeaky wheel gets the oil :)


Laurie 2 years ago

Ok. I have a 2009 Chevy Impala LTZ. Lately it's been making a scraping noise and pulling to slow when accelerating from a stop. It does this very infrequently and only my son and I have experienced it. To both of us it sounds and feels like the driver side front. Our mechanic says the brakes are good. It sounds like the noise you hear from the air dam? when pulling too far over a curb. Any ideas?


Sue Lavalla 2 years ago

Thanks for the response :)

Hubby uses a small local garage - that I absolutely refuse to use again :) I don't drive even close to 10,000 a year - just around town and ocassionally a trip 1 1/2 hours away. So far, I've had to pay for 2 front brake jobs (pads and rotors), 1 back brake job (including drums and wheel cylinder) and a muffler - which didn't even last 9 months so I took it somewhere else to have it replaced. This was all in less than 3 years This poor van has seen more than it's worth to spend for OEM parts LOL but gotta at least try to keep it running so have transportation

Brakes aside (for the moment LOL) I've got a bigger and better question(s) for you. I made the mistake :P of letting hubby take van last night. He comes home on his break and says "I think your muffler's broken" (mind you, I had the 10 year warranty one put on this time it was actually lower price than original garage) I go outside and the car is making ungodly LOUD noise - does sound like when muffler gets hole, but it's definitely in front. Once I had daylight this morning, I tried to check underneath Muffler I had put on is fine - as are exhaust pipes. I tried to check exhaust heat shield up front (lots and lots of potholes here this winter) but couldn't really see too well (I was just in my driveway trying to crawl underneath) I tried to get in under the hood with my trusty mirror :) but couldn't really see much either

Instead of frustrating myself because I can't get a good view (and driveway is on slant) and to be safe, I decide to go to the gym with my daughter instead (much better to run on the treadmill to burn off anger and energy than to chase hubby to smack him upside the head LOL) Forget trying to drive it - won't go above 20

So here's what I'm faced with:

Scares the bejeebers out of me starting it - very loud - almost like a bang at first start up and then, like I said, does sound like when muffler is going, but it's definitely up front; Definitely gets louder when drive

Transmission seems stuck - can't get above 20 mph - no grinding, whirring or whining like it's straining - just won't go anywhere;

Every once in a while, will get a sound like a rattle underneath as well as "clunking" by driver's side wheel

Can't notice any leaks other than small oil one, but in checking plugs in wires, did seem one of the plugs was quite loose and shaking while engine was on

My first thought (and not sure why) was engine seizing for lack of fluid - not enough oil or transmission? Checked oil and down a little but not much at all. When I opened oil cap though what a bunch of gunk LOL Brown sludge looking - almost looked like dirt particles in it. Hubby says that's what it should look like 'cause it runs through the engine ???

Oh - and best part - I call hubby at work and tell him he didn't tell me car wouldn't drive and his response was "well yeah, it's loosing compression" but can't tell me why loosing compression (he's still determined it's muffler)

Needless to say, I'm not driving it :( Any ideas of what to check? I don't think anything's open around here til Monday anyways, but I like to do my research - I still find garages that try to take advantage and rack up bills figuring a woman doesn't know what's going on


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Laurie,

So are you saying that the vehicle is hesitating when accelerating from a stop, and it makes this noise at the same time?

Hi Sue,

I know for sure you motor is not seized, if it were, it wouldn't run at all. It sounds like you have a lot more then one issue, I would start by checking the transmission fluid, you said the vehicle is not moving or it's moves very slow? If the trans fluid is OK, maybe the exhaust leak and low power situation is connected, possibly a clogged catalytic converter?

The rattle under the vehicle is probably a heat shield, the brown gunk is usually caused by lack of maintenance (oil changes). Is the check engine light on? Is there blue smoke coming out the tail pipe?


Sue Lavalla 2 years ago

Thanks Eddie :)

Yes, vehicle moves very slow - can't get above 20 (can't even get gas pedal down more so it's not like flooring it and getting no where)

Transmission fluid was on my list for today :)

I was thinking heat shield but like I said, I don't have anywhere to get it up to really get under there.

Had last oil change about 4 months ago at PepBoys Will admit that prior to past 2 years vehicle maintenance was low on my list until I started finding out how much I could actually do myself and what to check for.

Check engine light is on - that's another of this van's consistent problems :( Changed gas cap 3 times and it'll stay off for about 6 months or so Last time (year ago) it came on, garage replaced fuel filler tank (said there was crack) That kept it off for about 8-9 months

Oil light just started coming on, just when come to stop though and I've checked oil and it's fine. Oil pressure sensor?

No blue smoke out of tail pipe

If it's a clogged catalytic converter do you suggest just having it replaced ? or will fixing the O2 sensors help?

I have to thank you so much for this site :) It's great to be able to actually get answers

Thanks again


Laurie 2 years ago

Yes. It's very brief and more of a braking rather than hesitation. I forget to mention thAt the ABS light and message to service the stabilitrak system came on this time. These have come on before without the noise and pulling and no one could figure out anything but changed a sensor anyway.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sue,

No, if the catalytic converter is clogged, it will need to be replace. But as I can see, you already know that the O2 sensor is faulty? I would have the codes pulled before you go any further, that may be the key to your problem. Keep me posted Sue, thanks :)

Hi Laurie,

It sounds like you have a problem with the traction control system, or possibly a problem with one of the abs sensors. What you're hearing is the ABS system kicking on because the computer thinks one of your wheels is spinning or it has lost traction. I would bring it to the garage and have them check for codes in the traction control or ABS system computer. Let me know what you find out Laurie, thanks.


Tina Panati 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

I have a 2009 Suburu Forrester (AWD) with just under 51K mikes. I bought it in May 2012 with 35K miles. I have never done anything with brakes and I'm assuming I have the originals. I haven't had problems up until now.

We had a snow storm last week. I drove that day, no problems. The day after the storm, there was still alot of ice, "crunchy slush" and A LOT of rock salt on the roads. During my drive home from work that night, I started to hear a noise coming from my rear driver side tire. It was a metal scraping metal sound, accompanied by what I can best desribe as a rattle...or a loose piece of metal in the metal on metal mix. A lot of metal noises happening. Ha. Anyway, it didn't seem to have to do with the brakes at first. It didn't matter if I was accelerating, coasting, braking, or turning- the noise was consistent. Now a week later (although I've only driven 5 days and very short distances to work and home). The noise is the same, but I guess does seem a bit worse when I brake.

Before I found your hub, I convinced myself that there was a piece of salt lodged in my brakes. So I was excited to see that although my problem is probably worse, at least I'm not crazy.

I'm taking it to the shop this week, and prepared to hear that I need new pads and rotors (hopefully not calipers!). But it seems so strange that it happened just like that, with no warning signs, such as squealing. And that it was right after a snow storm.

Is that normal? Do brake problems normally become obvious so suddenly?

Thank you in advance Eddie. -Tina


Tina Panati 2 years ago

Hi again, btw - I'm viewing this on a mobile site on my smartphone and there are no social media buttons, like facebook, to share or like this page or your article. I will search for you on facebook and like you from there, but thought you might want to know the option isn't here on mobile. :(


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tina, that's really good information about the like buttons, thanks :)

Brake will usually give you some kind or warning sign, I think you're on the right track about a rock being stuck between the backing plate and rotor, but at the same time, with that kind of mileage, you may need new brakes if they are original. Keep me posted Tina, and if you have more questions, you know where to find me :)


jason 2 years ago

i have brand new disk and pads fitted there is a nasty screaching comeing from them im very unhappy about this could you shed some light on this....cheers


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jason,

Either the rotor backing plate is hitting the rotor, or the anti rattle clip is not in it's proper place. Did you do the work yourself?


Sue Lavalla 2 years ago

the continued saga of the '01 dodge caravan lol

No - I was just making a guess (or grasping at straws) about O2 sensors but, as it turns out they are shot (or so I'm told LOL)

I brought it into pepboys for a scan code and to have exhaust system checked out. I was told the technician said the whole exhaust system from manifold down to tail pipe, as well as the flex, all needed to be replaced ?? I find that a bit hard to believe only because I just had a brand new, 5 year warranty muffler put on about 9-10 months ago - so maybe front of exhaust, but not from muffler down.

I know this shop doesn't like to weld, so I"m wondering if they're thinking it's easier going for whole thing. The guy I talked to said to check around because that would easily be $800+ there He also pulled the codes - 2 O2 sensors, a plug and .. shoot if I remember - I'll have to call again maybe

So - it's not catalytic converter (as far as I'm told) How hard is it to replace the exhaust manifold and O2 sensors? I already have plans to do the plugs and wires so will do those, but figured I'd start with manifold and go from there.

Also - if whole exhaust system was gone would there be any other signs? I can't find any holes, leaks etc. - of course, I know the system is old :(

Thanks again


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sue,

If the exhaust was no good, it would be leaking. Changing the manifold is not an easy job and may require some special tools, like a torch. The o2 sensor may require an o2 sensor socket, and be careful when replacing the plug wires, do one at a time or you could screw up the firing order. Good luck, and keep me posted on how you make out :)


Sue Lavalla 2 years ago

Thanks :) And yep - I know to mark the wires and watch which ones go where :)

I would have thought there would be a leak if it was exhaust Was just watching a video on how to check for leaks -use shop vac (on low) in tail pipe and spraying with water with little dish liquid on "joints" Said would make big bubbles if a leak Ever heard of doing that?

I don't think I'd attempt the manifold - too much would have to come off to get at it LOL And yes also - the O2 needs the sensor socket More just checking so I know what to expect Still just learning some of the automotive but I'm an "old hand" now at cleaning oil furnaces and fixing dryers LOL


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You seem to know quite a bit Sue :) To check the exhaust for leaks, just run the engine and place a rag and your hand over the tail pipe to build pressure inside the exhaust, if pressure builds up and pushes your rag covered hand off the tail pipe, there are no leaks, if you hear a hissing noise and pressure never builds up in the exhaust system, you have a leak. Go grab hubby and have him find the leak while you plug the exhaust tail pipe :) Much better and faster then the shop vac. Keep me posted Sue, thanks.


Mamichula314 2 years ago

Omgeeee that information was soo helpful. I was freaking out because all the sudden I was driving my truck one day and I come to stop at a Stop sign and I herd a thump, totally freaked out nerves all bad and stuff. So I had an idea to google it which brought me to your blog. Cross your fingers and hope that is what's wrong. I really think so bc it did rain the night before. But thanks AGAIN on taking the time to educate the world.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mamichula,

I'm glad you got some answers from this information, but if you ever have questions, you know where to find me. Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it :)


Pa 2 years ago

Hi my husband just recent put a new brake pads and a new rotor to my car? After putting the new brakes and rotor i here noise when I drive and hit the brake and the gas.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Pa,

Most likely someone bent the rotor backing plate and it's hitting the rotor. Does it sound like a tin pie plate dragging on the ground?


tazz 2 years ago

Just got new brakes put on now the make rough and griding sound while driving (not applying the brakes while driving)


Warren 2 years ago

My front driver-side makes a sort of pulsing grinding noise when braking but only from between about 20 - 5mph.. so basically only when coming to and almost to full stop. At higher speeds, slowing down -- Nothing! I've pulled the wheel off and visually all looks good. Haven't had the car long but pads and rotors look good. Also checked for bearing play. I haven't driven since inspecting. Now after readying I'm hoping it was a rock and that it fell out (no set screw on rotor).


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tazz,

Did you do the work yourself?

Hi Warren,

Were the brake rotors just resurfaced or replaced?


palefeet 2 years ago

Hi there - Just looking for a little guidance for my next trip to the mechanic. A couple of issues happening with my car (2008 Scion XB).

Recent history

4/24/13: replace rear disc. brakes

6/13/13: replace rear brake rotors

3/20/14: replace rear disc. brakes

Problem 1

After the April 2013 disc replacement, I experienced a loud pitched noise when highway driving at speeds above 55mph. The noise would go away when I braked or slowed down. Occasionally it would occur at lower speeds when driving around the neighborhood. The noise always stopped when I braked. I took the car to the shop and they replaced the rear rotors. They were unable to replicate the noise. The noise continued throughout the summer. It had been many months since I've heard it UNTIL the disc brakes were replaced AGAIN in March 2014. The noise is back. I also noticed that there is a smell after driving on the highway (which I don't do often -- so it's been noticeable). Is it odd to have replaced the disc brakes after a year? Should I take the car back to the shop? I hate when I go in there with my concerns and they call me later and say they don't hear anything...

Problem 2

Since the disc brake replacement in March 2014, my husband is convinced the car doesn't feel right. The brake pedal feels a little loose. It doesn't go to the floor -- but it feels weird.

Problem 3

Throughout this past miserable winter, my ABS, BRAKE, TC, and VSC lights would go on and off - sometimes staying on for a week or more. This has been a common problem with my Scion during winters (and seems to be common based on my internet searching). Anyway, the lights come on and off now - like 5 minutes on, 2 off, 5 minutes on, etc. Over the past couple of days, when the lights have been OFF, my anti-lock brakes have been acting up on hills and wet pavement -- jerking stops and noise. However, I drove to work today without incident.

Basically I just hope you can give me some ideas of what could be wrong so I can be informed when I go to the shop. Searching for validation!

Thanks ever so!


Warren 2 years ago

I don't think brakes or rotors have been serviced recently. I've only owned the car for about 5000 miles and 6 months.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Palefeet,

Rotors should last through at least 2 sets of pads, possibly 3. I'm not sure why they keep replacing your rotors but it's obvious they don't know what they are doing :)

If you want the mechanic to hear the noise, tell your service advisor you would like to go for a ride with the mechanic so you can point out the noise, it's a common practice in the automotive world. Once you point out the noise to the mechanic, you'll both be on the same page.

Your ABS problem is a little tricky, but it sounds like you have a sensor that is faulty, it should be leaving a temporary diagnostic trouble code in the ABS computer, you mechanic should just check for codes and figure out which sensor it is.

Are you bringing this to the Scion Dealership? If not, you should be. It may cost a few more bucks, but they can probably figure it out a bit quicker. Let me know Palefeet, thanks

Hi Warren,

You may have heard a rock between the backing plate and rotor, I would just keep an ear on it for now, and if it gets worse, let me know, thanks.


Schultzfamily6 2 years ago

Hi there - Sure hoping you can help shed some light on how to FINALLY find resolution for a sound / response happening with the brakes in my daughters car. Its been to the shop 3 x and each time they discover something different, fix the issue and return the car to us. Within days the brakes are just as bad as ever. Im not sure if the mechanic is taking advantage of my lack of knowledge but were closing in on over $1000 spent on repairs and my teenage daughter is in a car I dont feel confident in. HELP!!

First let me say that the problem didn't exist prior to a repair on the brake lines. They rusted through. Both were replaced. After this service, the noise started. Here's a scenario - driving the vehicle at 40 and approach a stop sign. At about 20 mph the brakes start to make a clunking sound and the brake feels as if the car is sliding on ice. I say this because I grew up in the North and it feels exactly like when you brake on a patch of ice and there is a sensation of locking. It continues to make the sound from about 20 mph to a complete stop. Two different garages have seen it. Most recently the mechanic replaced all the sensors? Its a 2003 Jaguar. Any insight would be appreciated. I dont want to continue to pay for unneeded repairs and I desperately want to get to the bottom of this for the safety of my child. Thanks for any help.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Schultzfamily6,

The first thing I would do is bring it to a professional Jag mechanic if your not taking it to one now. The Jag is a special breed of cars and should be treated as such. It sounds like the ABS is pump is running when you press the brake at or below 20 mph, Why? I'm not sure, but it's either a sensor or a pickup ring. Sorry I can't help any more than that, but I can say that I doubt it has anything to do with the lines being replaced. Let me know if I can help with any other questions, and if you find the problem, could you let me know what it was? Thanks.


Harry 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

Was wondering if you could help, my front drivers side brake has been squeaking for a few weeks now. (2002 206 hatchback) it only tends to do it when I'm not braking or steering to the right, and normally only once the brakes have heated up a bit, we cleaned them out a few days ago and it went from a constant squeak to a (More annoying) on off kind of squeak (Like an alarm clock going off) I'm unsure if this is a wear indicator or a stone? Going to go out & check for stones tomorrow afternoon once I get some axle stands but was wondering if you have any input? Thanks

-Harry


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Harry,

When you cleaned them out, what did you do to clean them? I would just have a close look at the brake pads, if they look good, check to see if there is any rust between the backing plate and rotor. If everything look good, make sure the anti rattle clips on the calipers are not rubbing on the rotors. Let me know what you find Harry, thanks.


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Zephyr Leach 2 years ago

Hi! A couple days ago my husband and I switched cars for the day, and while driving his 2005 Hyundai Elantra, I heard the wear indicator on the front left brake, and noticed he needed an oil change. So I took it to Midas where I had them replace the front pads (under warranty, we had their "lifetime" pads for what that is worth) and do the slide/caliper adjustment and the oil change. I did not have the rotors turned as I feel I caught it very early and the rotors were new 40k miles ago. I did not have them service the drums. They did rotate the tires. Today while driving at highway speeds my husband said the front left wheel started "screeching" and he could feel the vibration through the steering wheel. He said it was very loud and he pulled over. When he began to drive again, the noise disappeared and hasn't returned so far. What do you think? Thanks!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Zephyr Leach,

It's possible a small pebble got caught between the rotor and backing plate just before getting on the highway, and then fell out during the rest of the drive. Let me know if you think this is a possibility, thanks.


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Zephyr Leach 2 years ago

Thanks for the response. It's not unlikely that it was a pebble or something like that. Husband now says it happened twice, but we drove the car about 50 miles yesterday and it didn't happen again. I will quit worrying about it for now.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Zephyr Leach,

The pebble could be stuck behind the rotor kinda rolling around and rearing it's noisy self every once in a while. If it keeps happening, have someone pull the caliper on that side and check for debris. Keep me posted on what happens Zephyr Leach, thanks.


Stevis 2 years ago

Two weeks ago I replaced the front rotors with Wearever ones on our 2010 Honda Pilot which has 28k miles. I did this because when braking at high speeds the steering wheel would shake, so after researching I assumed this was due to warped rotors. I did not change the brake pads because they still had lots of life in them.

When this was complete the steering wheel shake went away. But this weekend on a short road trip we noticed a semi-loud fog horn sound when applying the brakes at high speeds.

I did some looking around on net and have seen that this can be caused by brake dust, the pads in the process of getting bedded on the rotor, etc.

Any ideas on what this could be? Thanks in advance.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Stevis,

The noise could be cause the rotors themselves, if the noise was not there before you replace the rotors, and the rotors are the only thing you replace, the only logical explanation is the difference in rotor metals causing a howling. You could try a new set of pads, but I doubt it has anything to do with brake dust or pads needing to be bedded.

I don't think you have a safety problem, just an annoying noise. I would drive it for a few weeks an notice what happens, if the noise doesn't subside, it's most likely the rotors singing. Keep me posted on what happens Stevis, thanks.


Stevis 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for your quick response. I was also wondering if the noise could be from the fact that I didn't properly clean off the protective film on the rotors. Shortly after installation, I went for a drive and noticed a burning smell which I assume was the oil burning off. Could this be it as well?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Stevis, you're welcome,

Yes, if the rotors were not cleaned off good, the oil or coating could embed itself into the pads and cause a strange noise, and yes, that was most likely the burning smell as well :)


Stevis 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

Another question for you. The sound I was experiencing during high speed braking is now gone, but the steering wheel is shaking again! I did have four new tires installed last week if that helps.

Are my new rotors warped again or is this a case of the used pads in the bedding process?

Thanks again in advance!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Stevis, Welcome back :)

Is the steering wheel shaking when braking or just while driving at highway speeds? If it's just while driving, it most likely the tire balance, if it's while braking, it's warped rotors. Let me know Stevis, thanks.


Stevis 2 years ago

Thanks Eddie. Is it possible the new rotors are warped again? I'm thinking next thing to do is clean rotors and replace with new pads.


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JenniNurse1981 2 years ago from Chandler, Texas

Hey Eddie,

I found your info very informative but I have a question as well. My brakes were making a grinding noise when I started to slow down and stop. I drive a dodge nitro that is standard transmission. My dad replaced the pads, rotors etc because they were about 6 years old. He said they would sound "funny" for a few days but honestly they sound much the same as they did before but the grinding sound isn't quite as loud. Once I've stopped and started going again, the grinding sound continues until I've gained some speed then the sound stops. I'm just really frustrated at this point thinking that they were fixed and now they still make the same noise!! Whatcha think?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Stevis,

Yes the rotor may be warped again, so I don't think cleaning them and replacing the pads will make a difference, but it's worth a try. Let me know if it fixes it, thanks Stevis.

Hi Jenni,

Did your dad replace all 4 rotors and pads? It sounds like you have a caliper sticking. Let me know if your dad did all 4 wheels, thanks.


Yukon Mike 2 years ago

Hello Sir. I just purchased a 1999 Gmc Yukon. My father was my mechanic, however, we lost him to leukemia on Easter this year so I need help. Here in DE we have to slam our brakes on to ensure each brake is functioning properly and evenly distributed. This is part of our inspection process. Anyway, I went ahead and locked them up as they asked and the truck did perfect. Upon pulling out after inspection I felt a type of "clunk" for lack of a better term. This happens in the rear of the vehicle as the vehicle comes to a complete stop and again as I lift my foot from the brake to accelerate again. Now it doesn't do it all of the time. If I stop very very slowly and I can make it stop. If while I am stopping I ease off the brake and then press back on it as I am slowing to stop I can make it stop. It is almost like the rear drum has a deep groove and the shoe is getting hung up in it, or something broke and is allowing movement, or maybe worse the rear? I know that it isn't the back universal joint. Please help. Thank you in advance for your advice!

Sincerely,

Mike


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JenniNurse1981 2 years ago from Chandler, Texas

Hey Eddie,

My dad said that all 4 rotors/ pads etc had been replaced. The grinding sound comes as the car makes a complete stop. Thanks so much for your great info!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mike,

Sorry about your Dad, just remember, he's always with you in spirit. I would start by pulling the drums because this noise started right after you slammed on the brakes, maybe a hold down pin broke or spring snapped, but I would start there. Let me know what you find or if you need more questions answered, either way, keep me posted. Thanks Mike.

Hi Jenni,

I still lean toward a caliper sticking or hanging up, just have your dad put the car up and spin the wheels too see if one is dragging. Let me know what you find Jenni, if everything looks good, we can dig a little deeper :)


Angela b 2 years ago

I have a 2001 Toyota corolla and had the brakes and rotors replaced in Sept.2013 now in May2014 I'm having to have the brakes done again and also a drivers side rotor due to that awful awful grinding noise....is it common to have to replace in less than a year and what could he causing the drivers side to be wearing harder on the rotor ..the passenger side looks fine...


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Angela,

The most likely cause would be the caliper sticking, and no, it's not common to replace brakes within 6 mo. Let me know if this helps, thanks.


Whitney 2 years ago

Hello,

I have a 2009 Honda Civic. I have a thumping sound from my rear passanger side. I can only here it when I i apply the brakes and am driving at speed lower than 30 mph. The sound also stops completely when it is raining or humid outside. Can you help at all? I'm going to a brake shop tomorrow but I don't want to get screwed over.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Whitney,

Do you know if you have rear drum brakes? If you do, the drums may need to be resurfaced, it's common for the brake shoes to make a thumping noise on Civics, and it's usually caused by drum surface grooves. Try pulling up on the e-brake lightly while driving at 30 mph (if you have drum brakes) and see if it makes the noise. Let me know what you find Whitney, thanks.


Whitney 2 years ago

Hello,

I do have rear drum brakes. I took it to the shop and they couldn't find anything. They told me that everything looks good (drums, shoes, calipers, bushing, control arm, suspension).

I tried the e-brake like you said, and then sound did start.

I guess I'll try taking the car to a new shop. I do have 100k miles on it, so it may very well be time to resurface the drums.

Thanks for your help!!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You are very welcome Whitney, keep me posted on what the new shop finds, thanks.


marilyn 2 years ago

We have a thumping sound in the front when braking and also vibration on the pedal. The car is a chrysler cirrus 98 and it is rusted underneath. We had new brakes put on and new front tires and we are still experiencing the thudding and vibration. It has never been continuous, but seems to be happening more often.

Thanks for your help.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marilyn,

When you say you have new brakes, what exactly do you mean? Did you replace the rotors or resurface them, and install new pads? Let me know, thanks.


Marilyn 2 years ago

Hello,

Thank you for the reply. We had new rotors and new pads replaced last year. The problem started before replacement and has continued intermittently since replacement and now seems to be happening more frequently.

Thank you very much for your help


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marilyn,

Have you had the rear brakes checked? Noise travel's in the passenger compartment of a car, so it may be coming from the rear. Does the steering wheel shake or does the car seats shake? I know the pedal vibrates , but is there any other details? Let me know, thanks.


Marilyn 2 years ago

The rear brake shoes and or pads both sides were replaced last October. The steering wheel and car seats don't shake. I can't think of anything else. Thank you for replying


joe person 2 years ago

I have a 2007 kia optima. It started making a grinding noise while driving and louder when brakes are applied. So I changed brake pads in front where noise was coming from. The ones I replaced were.

not bad and were only six months old.rotary looked good but I went ahead and replaced pads anyway. Noise is still there while I drive and brake. At 60mph steering wheel shakes. I've used noise suppressor in all the right spots. I've also checked the dust cover for touching rotar and no deprive between it and the rotator. Checked all clips nothing rubbing. It kind of feels like caliper might be sticking but not sure because when I pushed them in to install new pads there wasn't any restance


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marilyn,

The only thing I can think of is that it may be pad impressions on the surface of the rotors. If the car sits for a day or two with very humid or damp air, rust builds up around the brake pads and cause a pad impression on the rotors, when you drive, it causes a thump noise, once the rust wears off after applying the brakes a few times, the noise goes away.Let me know if this is a possibility, thanks.

Hi Joe,

At what speeds do your hear this grinding noise? Is it a grinding like metal to metal or more like a growling noise? A pie plate dragging on the ground or helicopter prop? Let me know Joe, thanks.


Marillyn 2 years ago

We thought we would update you on the front wheel thumping on our 98 Chrysler Cirrus.

We got a good mechanic to test drive the car until the noise started and after inspection he suggested the following: The Reluctor wheel on one hub is badly corroded in places and sometimes when breaking at low speeds the ABS senor reacts to the gaps and causes the ABS pump to cut in on that wheel.

He says this is not a safety issue and that he would drive it. The car has low milage but is badly rusted due to being in Buffalo NY for most of its years, so we are unwilling to spend much money on it.

We hope this is a reprieve for the car and that we can squeeze another couple of years out of it.

Many thanks for your helpful ideas, which did help eliminate a few possibilities.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marilyn,

Thanks for the update, it really means a lot to me. I'm glad you found out the issue, I had the same problem with my sons car, so I just change the axle and the problem was gone :)

ABS is a added safety feature, so if the problem gets worst, just pull the fuse on the ABS pump, but I would rather see you replace the ABS pick up or axle. Take care Marilyn, and thanks again.


Ela 2 years ago

I've been to some mechanic trying to find exactly price for fixing my toyota town ace van but it seems to me that they are all different price some they are $120,$140,$160,$180. Can you help me .

Thanks


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ela,

Most mechanics will have different prices, that's the beauty of being able to shop around for the best price. What is it you want fixed?


Hamza 2 years ago

I have my brakes and rotors replaced and since have been hearing grinding noise while driving - with and without brake use. Grinding sound persists even after 700miles. I have checked the brakes, the rotors, the tires, the metal plate and everything is in order. I have done trial and error to find the problem but it hasn't worked:

tires on with brakes and rotors off - no sound

only rotor on - no sound

rotors and brakes on with tire off -very low sound and sometimes no sound

everything on - tires, rotors and brakes - sound

I have been working on this almost every other day for a month now but i can't figure it out. It's annoying the life out of me.

The noise tends to come and go. It tends to be more when brakes have been heated or used a bit more than usual but even then it comes and goes.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Hamza,

Some calipers have anti rattle clips that the pads sit on, and if they are not centered in the caliper it could rub on the rotor, that would be the next thing I would check. What kind of car is this? Are the rotor after market or OEM? Let me know, thanks.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Nel,

Thanks for the feedback, I wish I could post your comment, but HubPages will not allow me to add links in the comment boxes, sorry :(


jash 2 years ago

The Same problem like haha but when I put park very things smooth


tee 2 years ago

i have a horrible sound i think coming from my breaks. it sounds like metal is shredding (very loud). when I'm parking straight in or backing in. last two days it's gotten. PLEASE HELP


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tee,

You need to have your brakes checked, it could be metal to metal or it could be something as simple a rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate. Let me know what you find, thanks.


kyle 2 years ago

Hello, I drive my grandmother's 1999 Hyundai lantra it is front wheel drive , when braking it makes a loud creaking sound from the good then a loud boom as though someone drive into the rear, it only happens though when I brake on an incline, could you help give me some suggestions as to what the noise could be and is it serious?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kyle,

Is there anything in the trunk that could slide around, if not I would check your motor and transmission mounts, it sounds like some heavy weight is shifting around. Let me know if this helps, thanks.


kyle 2 years ago

I can check the motor mounts , but I tend to steer clear from transmissions and gear boxes, for personal reasons, the only things in the boot are the spare tyre and a walking stick


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Is the spare tire secure? If it secure, you got me stumped, not really sure of anything what could make a boom noise when braking on a decline except something sliding in the trunk or a possible bad or worn mount.


kyle 2 years ago

Found out what it was, the rear shock absorbers went soft and were groaning and creaking, and as for the loud bang it was a walking stick in the back lol


kyle 2 years ago

Just curious what will happen if I am doing around 50 mph and the rear shock abdorbers seize up, will I lose control of the vehicle or just get severe whiplash?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kyle,

That's too funny, most of the time when you hear a bang, it is something moving around in the trunk lol.

There is nothing that happens because shocks will not seize, they can lose pressure and leak, but I have never seen them seize, if they were to seize, the car would be extremely ridged and would not bounce. A shock absorber is just that, it absorbs shock from bumps and potholes and stops the vehicle from continues bouncing, that's it! Let me know if this helps Kyle, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.


kyle 2 years ago

Okay thank you, yeah I was amazed that it was a walking stick but the car still shudders when braking as though the teeth on the gears are worn down in 1st gear and they aren't grabbing


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

OK Kyle, give me the best detailed description of the brake problem from start to finish, like what speed does this happen at, what is shaking in the vehicle when braking, what kind of noise is it making? Give me your best description, start to finish, even if it takes 4 paragraphs, thanks.


kyle 2 years ago

Umm there's no noise it's just shaky like a rollercoaster going consistently from 2 mph and braking suddenly, it happens when it is braking from 30 mph to 0 mph, and it happens frequently, that's the best description I can give of it, it feels like I'm on a very bumpy road when braking basically from 30 mph to 0 so I am assuming because it is this specific speed that 1st gears teeth are worn , I am not too sure of what the cause is other then that


rosemary 2 years ago

i have a 2010 dodge ram, when mashing the brake, there is a noise with a sound of metal is clacking, like the sound of a can being bent back and forth


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kyle,

The transmission will not make the car shake when braking, but your brakes will, so I don't believe it has anything to do with your transmission. It's actually sounds like your front rotors are warped so they may need to be resurfaced or replace, depending on how thick your rotors are. If the whole car is shaking when braking, it could be coming from the rear brakes, the front brakes will cause the steering wheel to shake, the rear will cause the car to shake. Hope this helps Kyle, and let me know what you find, thanks.

Hi Rosemary,

I would have the brakes checked asap, it sounds like you have run out of pad material. Let me know what you find, thanks.


Al 2 years ago

Hi, great information on brakes. I have noise and grinding from my passenger side if my Saturn disc brake. I replaced the pads & new rotors about 2 years ago. I reached in and ran my finger across the rotor and found a narrow grove on the outside edge only on the rotor. I hope I can have the rotor turned rather then buy another set of new ones. The left side is no problem. What do you suspect?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Al,

If the rotors have never been resurfaced, then the rotors should be thick enough to cut. Let me know how you make out, thanks.


John 2 years ago

Hello. Well I have a big problem. My girlfriend never told me she needed brakes and now the worst. Her brakes were grinding when braking and then she said something popped and now the car wont move. Can you help please?! The car kind of jumps when drive forward or reversed


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John,

I know I'm a little late on this one, but it sounds like your brake pads slipped out of the caliper and is jammed between the caliper and rotor. I would have it towed if you haven't already, it really doesn't sound safe to drive. Let me know what you find out, thanks John.


John 2 years ago

Yes thank you for replying. Yes I had it towed. It was good thing it was just down the street. I bought new brake pads and hoping to change them soon but what else do you recommend?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

First you need to find out which wheel locked up (I think one locked up?) then just pull off the wheel and inspect the damage, it may be more than just a set of pads, it sounds like possibly rotors, pads and calipers. Are you mechanically inclined? That's a lot of work for a DIY guy. Let me know, thanks.


Audrey 2 years ago

I just got my back brakes greased yesterday on my Hyundai Accent 2006 with 58000 km. I watched the mechanic take the rotar off and scrape the inside with a metal stick before apply grease. I started hearing a thumping or rubbing noise coming from the back passenger tire when first accelerating and and slowly braking, the noise speeds up and slows down accordingly and once past 25km/h or close to stopped it stops. I looked around the outside and couldn't see anything stuck or that would be rubbing so I am very lost! Any ideas?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Audrey, I would bring it back to the mechanic because I'm not sure what he did to cause the noise. Was the noise there before the mechanic worked on your car?


John 2 years ago

"Hello. Well I have a big problem. My girlfriend never told me she needed brakes and now the worst. Her brakes were grinding when braking and then she said something popped and now the car wont move. Can you help please?! The car kind of jumps when drive forward or reversed"

Hello. Its been awhile since Ive replied to you. But I haven't looked at the car. Just been driving the second until I had time. Hoping to work on it now. When I press the brakes it goes all the way to the floor and grinds and the wheels dont move


John 2 years ago

And can you help me on a different topic? My brother has an 1995 Lincoln Town Car and his windshield wiper fuse keeps blowin out. He recently got a radio put in and fuses keep blowing out after that. They work for a little bit then blow out again


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John, Pull the wheels where you hear the grinding noise, I'm sure you'll find what's making the noise and why the brake pedal is going to the floor. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

Second Question,

If a fuse blows, it's for one or two reasons. Either you have a wire shorting to ground, or you are overloading the circuit. Do not put in a bigger fuse or you will cause more problems. You need to find out if it's the radio, amp, or wires causing the fuse to blow. Let me know what you find John, thanks.


John 2 years ago

Ok thanks.

Second Question:

Yeah as soon as he puts a fuse in it blows out instantly. He put a double din screen radio in his car and I think he is overlaoding the circuit. What can I do to find out anything to fix it? Anything to diagnose the problem. Any advice?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John,

That sounds like a short, you may have left some bare wire exposed and it's touching ground. If it were overloading the system, it wouldn't blow the fuse that quick. Remove the radio and check all the wires, even the ones that are not being used, every exposed wire needs to be taped up. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks John.


Wayne 2 years ago

My 2008 Saturn Astra is making a dragging sound from the brakes - gets worse as you come to a stop. For the past three months or so, brakes have been noisy like the rotors have gotten rusty, just recently has gotten much worse. Brakes still work quite well, stops smoothly, no vibration. Car has 45,000 km (28,000 miles). A year ago dealer check showed pads still had 85% left, so can't be worn out. I took off driver's side wheel, and rotor looked ok, "shiny" and not rusty. There was a high-pitched intermittent noise earlier in the year - I can't hear it well, so not sure it still makes that noise. I thought maybe a small bit of rock had gotten stuck in there. Could it be cause of current problem? After making a right hand turn with steering fully extended, dragging noise when braking went away briefly, but almost immediately came back. Is there something stuck in there? Or something to do with ABS? Taking car in Thursday.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Wayne,

You may have something stuck between the rotor and backing plate. I know for sure it's nothing to do with your ABS system. If the ABS system was coming on while braking, you would hear a loud grinding type noise and the brake pedal would kick back and be much harder to push. Let me know what the garage finds, it would be great information for this page, thanks Wayne.


Anna 24 months ago

Hi!

I have a 2014 Nissan versa and I have a grinding noise coming from somewhere in the right side of the car. There shouldn't be a problem with the brakes since it was just bought 2 months ago. After I drive the car and brake for a couple blocks the sound sort of goes away. Any ideas?


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Anna,

It's possible you have a rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate. Did you check out my video above the comments here on this page? Let me know, thanks.


Alex Bacardi 23 months ago from Markham, Ontario

Hi Eddie,

So i just bought a used 2002 chevy cavalier that had just over 73, 000kms on Nov. 30th and I already have a couple of issues with the car. I have a 30 day warrenty since I bought it from a dealership so I'm going to take it in on monday but I don't know too much about cars so I decided to try to google what the issue could be and I came across one of your articles. I think one of the issues is one of the wheel bearings is starting to go cuz thats what a friend told me after taking a for a test drive and when I turn my wheel(especially left) it sounds and feels like one or both of the front tires are rubbing against something which is what you talked about in your wheel bearing article. And it gets louder as I speed up, it's at it's loudest on the highway. I also think I may need new brake pads but I'm not completely sure cuz the brakes work for the most part but a couple times when I went to push the break down hard to come to a quick stop the car didn't come to a complete stop, it kind of slid and it felt like I was driving on a rumble strip. But the brakes work fine if I use them to slow down gradually. So I'm hoping you can let me know if you think I have a wheel bearing and brake issues or if it could be something else. Also can bad wheel bearings affect how the breaks work? Cuz I didn't come across the brake ussue till after I noticed the tire issue. I'm hoping the dealership can fix the issues before my warrenty ends so it doesn't cost me anything cuz I can't really afford to spend much on the car for the next couple months since I just paid for the whole thing a few weeks ago and I got xmas shopping to do.


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Alex,

First things first, make sure you're adamant about fixing everything on the vehicle that concerns you before the 30 days is up. Make sure you road test the vehicle with someone after the repairs to verify the problems are fixed, before you drive off and head home. Some dealerships like to push you off so they don't have to spend the extra money on the repairs, so be persistent.

I think you're on the right track with the wheel bearing noise. The braking issue sounds more like the ABS is kicking when braking hard, so road test with the tech to point it out. Do you hear a pump running or does the brake pedal kick back when this braking issue happens? Let me know, thanks.


Alex Bacardi 23 months ago from Markham, Ontario

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure what an ABS is but I haven't noticed hearing a pump running or a break pedal kick back when the brake issue happens. It's only happened 2 or 3 times and I usually have the radio on so I may not hear all the sounds my car makes. When it happens it feels like the wheels are locked and the car is sliding. Anyways, I'll let you know how if the dealership fixes the issues when I get my car back tomorrow night or tues.


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

ABS is anti lock brakes, let me know what they find, thanks.


Alex Bacardi 23 months ago from Markham, Ontario

Hi Eddie,

Sorry it took awhile to get back to you, I gor busy with christmas stuff. Anyways, I did have a bad wheel bearing which the dealership replaced. And you were right about the brakes, the dealership told me it was the ABS kicking in. So the breaks are fine I just have to get used to braking earlier.

Thanks for your help

Happy New Years


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

That's great Alex, glad you got it all squared away. Thanks for coming back to give me an update, sometimes I never know if my information really helped my reader, so your feedback is very much appreciated :)


John 23 months ago

Hey Eddie

Your the only one I can think of to answer my question. You've helped me in the past with my brakes and brothers car. So I ask this question, Someone put sugar in my brothers car. Does it really hurt your car? Ive read that it doesn't and just change your fuel filter. The car hasn't been turned on yet. He walked outside and saw a funnel in his gas tank. Dont know what to do and how to fix it PLEASE! THANKS EDDIE


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi John,

I have never had to deal with this before, but from what I've been told, it's not good. I recommend having the tank flushed before you start the engine, and if it hasn't been started, no need to replace the fuel filter. Just to be safe, don't start it and have the fuel tank flushed. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.


David 23 months ago

Hi I have put a new axle on my peugoet 206 now I have lights come up on dash saying abs warning and brake fluid level low I fill the brake fluid up and also a clicking noise by my handbrake any suggestions please


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi David,

Either your axle is not all the way in, you damaged the ABS sensor when replacing the axle, of you have the wrong axle in the vehicle with no pick up ring. Let me know what you find.


Taylor 22 months ago

Hey Eddie,

I just replaced all 4 brake pads in my car (Pontiac g6 08) The rotors looked great so I didn't bother replacing those. Now whenever I brake it makes a horrible grind noise. Its loud!


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Taylor,

That's odd. I would recommend double checking your work because if the rotors looked good, inside and out, something else is the problem. Sorry I don't have a better answer. Make sure you have the correct pads and shims, then spin the rotors before putting the wheels back on to verify nothing is hitting the rotor except the pads. Let me know what you find, thanks.


mcorsaut10 21 months ago

Trying to figure out what this bad grinding noise is?

It started with this loud grinding noise every time I drive from the front passenger brake. I went on ahead and changed the brake pad, disc, and the caliper. After changing all of it, it still has that grinding noise. Sounds like metal on metal and the brake gets really hot. Please help. Thanks in advance.

1990 Toyota Camry


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mcorsaut10, I would check the rotor backing plate, on the older cars they tend to rot off and start rubbing against the rotor. Check that and let me know what you find, thanks.


Twolicious 21 months ago

Hi my boyfriend just repaired the brakes and rotors we got th better one but now when I hit the breaks there is a thumping or clicking sound and I can feel it under my foot by the way it a grand caravan dodge 1999


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Twolicious,

Sometimes when brake rotors are replaced the rust from the old rotors still remains on the hub/rotor mating surface, if this rust is not removed before the new rotors are installed, it can cause a brake pulsation/thumping in the brake pedal. Is this what you feel?


mike L 20 months ago

1999 grand caravan. My park brake doesn't work, I never use it. The parking brake needs to hold the van in drive for state inspection. I can hear the rear hubs grinding when in neutral with the engine off. With the rear wheel up in the air I can't turn the wheels by hand with the brakes or with the e brake on. Could the rear older brake shoes be slipping?

Also the front right wheel locks up only on gravel. It never pulled to the right when braking. I replaced the calipers, hoses and pads. I kept the rotors they looked ok. I had the brake lines and master cylinder replaced last year. The problems seemed to state then. A regular brake bleed was done, it has a ABS system. I bleed the brake three times. Test the brake pressure ?


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mike,

I'm not sure what your question is. Are you asking why your right front brake caliper is locking up and why your rear brakes are not holding the vehicle? Let me know, thanks.


mike L 20 months ago

1999 grand caravan. Yes. but did I guess correctly? I forgot to mention that you can press, let go and repeat if you had to stop on a gravel road. Thanks Eddie


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mike,

OK, so I'm curious if you checked the if caliper? Is the piston moving when you apply the brakes? Because if the right caliper is doing all the stopping, it will lock up because it not getting any help from the other brake caliper. The rear brakes may need to be adjusted (drum brakes, correct?) If they are out of adjustment your e-brake will not hold and the front brakes would be doing all the stopping (maybe that's another reason the right front caliper is locking up? ). Let me know what you think, thanks Mike.


mike L 20 months ago

Right front brake caliper locking up on gravel and the parking brake is not holding the vehicle, while in drive for state inspection.

Hi Eddie,

I just checked the LF wheel the brake caliper piston is moving when I apply the brakes.

I adjusted the rear drum brakes, until the brake shoes starting rubbing on the drums. The park brake lever in the drum was rusted in place, with some wd-40 it works now. When I applied the e brake the rear brakes were grinding like it's trying to grab. What else can I try, I'll try anything ? Thanks, Eddie

1999 caravan


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Wow Mike, you have me stumped! You've replace everything in the front and if the rear shoes are adjusted properly, I'm not sure what else to try. Was the e-brake all the way on? Can you adjust the cables at all?


Jr 19 months ago

its been a week since I've done my brake job replaced caliper rotor and pads. Been making a noise I finally got time to check it again and dust cover made a v shaped groove in rotor. I bent it back out but still making a noise. Would the deep v in rotor cause this noise still as I'm driving. It did get a bit better but still there.


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jr,

No, I doubt the noise is coming from the groove in the rotor. You may want to take a closer look at the dust shield, if moving it made the noise better, then most likely it's hitting somewhere else too. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.


chad s. 19 months ago

I have a 2002 chevy Silverado 1500 with disk brakes on the corners. I put on some drilled and slotted rotors and new pads. All was good until one day i heard squeeking while driving on the left rear brake only. Didn't stop while braking. I thought i a bad brake went out and bought new brakes for the rear and nothing changed. Still squeeking from left rear. Is this a bad caliper? Im stumped.


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chad,

Have you tried lubing all the pad contact points and slide pins?


andy 19 months ago

Hi I have an 05 es 330 and I just replaced the pads on the car but when driving it makes a squeaking noise but not constantly and gets louder there faster I go I'm not sure if it's the backing plate it maybe the pins that hold the pads scraping against the rotor?


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Andy,

It could be the backing plate hitting the rotor. Did you replace the pads yourself?


Paul 19 months ago

Hi. My all wheel drive Suv was rear ended with minor damage less than a week ago. Today when I backed up I heard a loud thud sound while braking, I thought I ran over something, put it in drive hit brakes hard, then reversed same thing hit brakes hard. Now ok. What does this sound like? Thanks


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Paul,

Where is the spare tire located on the vehicle? What is the year make and model or your SUV?


Paul 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

tire is underneath the rear end. 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Paul,

So take a look at the spare tire and see if anything came loose, then check the trunk area where the jack kit is located, make sure that is secure as well.


Paul 19 months ago

Thanks for your help Eddie, appreciate it!


Denis Cunningham 19 months ago

Left back wheel on passenger side ceases on when we have a lot of rain,have to drive car forward to free brake pad. Garrage say this a common thing that happens with alloys .


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eddiecarrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Denis,

No, not really. Are they drum or disc brakes?


Thomas 17 months ago

Hello I recently changed my rotor and disk breaks I also bled the brakes but as I move the wheel manually I hear a slight grinding noise as if the brake pads are rubbing against the rotor. and this is all when the car is in neutral


Leabo 17 months ago

I just had CPR (calipers, pads, and rotors) replaced on my 99 Dakota R/T. Now I have a groaning noise from under the hood when my truck is stopped, foot off the pedal, or when rolling at idle (as in moving around parking lots) that stops as soon as I apply a little pressure to my brake pedal. Any ideas?


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eddiecarrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tom,

First check all clearance between the rotor backing plate and the rotors, it sounds like the backing plate may be hitting the rotor so check it carefully with a light. Or you may have some rust flakes stuck between the backing plate and rotor. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Tom.

Hi Leabo,

So you have two different noises? One when moving and one when stopped. The one under the hood at idle may be a water pump or a pulley bearing. The other noise sounds like maybe your anti rattle clip may not be centered on the caliper and it's hitting the rotor, but s soon as you hit the brakes the noise stops. Let me know if this helps.


anwar 16 months ago

good morning i'm from aruba and i have a ford mustang '99 when driving i hear a squeaking noise coming from the right front side of the car as soon as i brake it stops when giving gas again it does the same noise what can i do to fix it???


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Anwar,

I recommend having the brakes checked, it sounds like the brake pad wear indicator is starting to hit the rotor warning you that you have low brakes, the noise stops when the brakes are applied because you're forcing the tab against the rotor instead of light pressure. Let me know what you find out.


ahmed 16 months ago

Hi Eddie,

Hope you are doing well. i have toyota corolla GLI 2012 model. the car is 31000 km driven. from past couple of days i hear strange sound from front brakes. mostly the sound comes when brakes are applied at slow speed. The sound is like as something cracking. the sound is heavy but low in intensity.the sound feels like ABS braking but as i said the intensity is low. i have got my brakes checked many times. The disc pads are ok and rotor seems fine too. the sound sometimes comes and some times it quite. i have a feeling the sound is of disc pads moving back and forth. i also got anti rattle clips tightened. will again get the brakes checked by another mechanic this weekend. please advise what can this sound be as its very frustrating. i am from Pakistan and i have been to toyota dealership but i am not at all satisfied. the local mechanics are far better than the ones sitting in companies.


tebogo 15 months ago

hi Eddie i own a VW polo 2005 1.6 hatchback model the car makes a grinding sound when i apply brakes and after a short driving while the abs and handbrake light comes on and when i apply brakes from that point the grinding goes away and squeaking kicks in but i can feel that braking is not hard on it just slows down until i press hard to a complete stop what could be the cause of this issue


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ahmed,

I'm sorry I didn't see your comment. I'm doing well thank you :) The noise you're hearing is probably caused by lack of lubrication on the caliper slide pins, anti rattle clips and pads. Sometimes it helps to resurface the rotors or replace them. The rotors are probably warped a bit causing the calipers to move and creak when braking heavy. Hope this helps Ahmed, and let me know if you have any other questions or you have any feedback on what you found, thanks.


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tebogo,

It sounds like you may have an issue with the ABS system. When the ABS light comes on, it means the system is off, that's why the noise goes away. I recommend having the ABS code checked, it will point you to where you're having the problem, like a wheel sensor or pickup ring. Let me know if this helps, thanks.


Sam 15 months ago

I just got my brakes and discs changed, but I still get a squeaking noise from the front right tire/wheel of my BMW 320i when I come to a halt for example at a traffic light. During driving or in motion their is no noise.


Andy 15 months ago

I have a 2010 dodge avenger SXT. I have a howling sound almost coming from my brakes in the front. This only happens when I'm driving and the brakes have had a chance to warm up but goes away when I very lightly apply the brakes but then as soon as I let off it comes right back. I have new pads and rotors on the car nothing is showing any kind of wear. this is something new that is happening in the last month. Now if I turn the wheel either way the sound stops. not really sure what it i.


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sam,

Did you use OEM brake pads?

Hi Andy,

I recommend checking the brake area for any small pebbles stuck near the caliper. If the brakes are new and this just started happening, you could have picked up a small pebble (tar) and it's stuck on or near the caliper. Let me know what you find.


Coop 15 months ago

Question...Just did brakes & rotors all the way around my 2005 Explorer. Everything went fine (replaced sway bar links also), but when I drive and turn the wheels to the left (even slightly) I hear a metallic scraping sound...like a dust shield. But what would make a dust shield scrape only when turning the wheels left? I'll try pushing all the plates back with the screwdriver. Thoughts?


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Coop,

There is some flex in your suspension parts, even brake rotors flex, so if the backing plate only has .001mm clearance between it and the rotor, it will scrape the rotor on slight turns. If you have anti rattle clips in the calipers, make sure they are centered and have plenty of clearance too. Let me know what you find Coop, thanks.


Abbie 13 months ago

My feistas left wheel makes a Hissing noise as I pull off in the morning and if I hit a bump in the road


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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Abbie,

I'm not sure what your asking here. Can you describe the noise and when it happens with a little more detail? Thanks.


Mitch McMahan 13 months ago

The #2 is EXACTLY what im experiencing. for some reason its not that common of a problem but its the most annoying thing ever


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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Yes sir Mitch, it's not common any more because there a fewer cars with drum brakes :)


Pete Alexander 12 months ago

Great videos. I just changed the front pads on my F-150 4WD. Did not turn or replace rotors. Worked great and quiet for 2 days. Now a squeaking noise at all speeds. Where should I begin? Thanks.


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eddiecarrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Pete,

Start with identifying which wheel the noise is coming from, notice if it is a scraping , squealing, or squeaking noise, then inspect the brakes on that wheel. If it's a scraping noise, check the backing plate clearance, if it's a squealing noise, check all shims to be sure they are all centered and not touching the rotor. If it's a squeaking noise, it may be the brake pad material. Let me know what you find Pete, thanks.


Simba 12 months ago

Hi Eddie,

Love your posts! I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata and just did the large servicing on it where they replace the fluids and check the brakes, etc. The car was perfectly fine when I brought it in. I have never had any issues with weird noises at all. The mechanic said that the front brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced and the back were still good at 50% but needed to be cleaned and adjusted. They quoted my roughly $600 for the parts and labour. This is obviously a hefty sum so I said I would get it done in a month or so. They put everything back together and I drove home. The next morning I heard a scraping/high pitch grinding noise while driving. It happens when I make sharp right turns and sometimes on sharp left turns. It stays for a bit and then seems to fade away especially if I slow down to a stop. There is absolutely no noise when braking or highway driving, etc. Steering wheel does not rattle, car does not shake. Just the horrible high pitch scraping/grinding noise. Seems to be coming from the passenger side. I hear it in the back (I think), but when I took it back to Hyundai, they test drove it with me and said it was coming from the front passenger side and was definitely due to the front brake pads being worn down. Is this possible? The car brakes fine. I agree the pads will need replacing at some point, but do you think the noise is because of the backing plate being bent and rubbing the rotor? I'm just surprised that all this started after I did the servicing and they took apart the brake pads, etc. Let me know your thoughts.


Leoni 11 months ago

Good day

I drive a ford focus 2001 model went for a service in feb 2015, replaced the pads. 4 months after the car started to make a noise when stopping and pulling away again, went in again to garage and they replaced the pads again and calliper, just after that the noise went from bad to worst, went back and they cant tell me what it is, they took everything off and cleaned it. everyday now its just getting worst and worst. feels like because i am a single woman they just want to do me in and i need my car to be fixed, please help....been driving like this for a while now and scared that somethings going to happen

thank you


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eddiecarrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Simba,

Sorry for the delay on my reply, the comment box here has been giving me a bit of trouble lately. Most likely it was the bent backing plate hitting the rotor, but I'm sure by now you have had it fixed. Let me know what you found, thanks.

Hi Leoni,

If there is another garage in your area, it may be time for a second opinion. I recommend road testing the vehicle with a mechanic in you vehicle so you can point out the noise. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.


cbailey 8 months ago

My husband changed the front brake pads on our 2001 Ford Explorer Sport trac the other day. Now there's a grinding noise while driving that gets worse when you brake. Any idea what this could be?


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi CBailey,

Most likely the rotor backing plate is bent or there may be some debris caught between the backing and rotor. If you can't find anything bent or any debris, check the anti rattle clips, sometimes they can be off center and rub against the rotor. Let me know what you find, thanks.


At-a-loss 8 months ago

A few months ago i would hear strange loud noise "freight train passing" coming from rear passenger tire. So my neighbor ( work for known brand autoshop swapped the brake pads and rotors with brand new ones from Autozone. Noise went away for a couple of weeks and came back . I took it to two shops for an opinion concluded the rotor was warped. Never did slam on brakes. Went to autozone, they were suprized , had the second new one installed ( by my neighbor) and noise was gone. Long story short , roughly a month has passed and the noise is back. I feel embarrased to ask autozone or question the neighbor and spending more money on it..When i am driving on the freeway (CA) at usually higher speeds 65-80 m/ph and i tap thr pedal to slow down and come to a stop and really loud noise couple with a vibration of sorts, that progressivelt get louder as you slow down and slowly pressing the break pedal and thereafter noise dissipates until you press ur pedal to cut speed or come to a stop at a light. It is especially annoying let alone embarrasing when driving in stop and go traffic during commute hours. Noise only stems from the rear passesger side tire and feels like it is going to fall apart any second


Ashley 8 months ago

hi eddie wondering if you could help, my brake pedal feels spongy, if im idling and press the pedal hard it nearly goes to the floor and also can hear a creaking sound from the drivers side front wheel area, also the drivers side front alloy is completely covered in brake dust and the other side is not, sometimes i can feel a faint scraping through my pedal while driving aswell. My brakes work well though and stop the car fine. any ideas what is up?

Thanks


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi At a Loss,

I recommend having the caliper check closely, it sounds like something is sticking and overheating the rotor over time. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

Hi Ashley,

sounds like you caliper is sticking and is prematurely wearing out your brake pads (black dust on the wheel). I recommend having it checked very soon before you have a serious problem. Keep me posted on what you find Ashley, thanks.


Ashley Jenkin 8 months ago

Took the car in, turned out one of the sliders in the caliper was seized, all sorted now.


Ashley Jenkin 8 months ago

Apparently who ever did the brakes before didnt copper grease it.


Ashley jenkin 8 months ago

right the scraping/grinding noise has gone and the brakes work well, but the alloy is still getting warm after a drive, wheel not was even hotter, and steering wheel vibrating after 60mph and vibrates more when the brakes are applied?


Ashley jenkin 8 months ago

it was after some spirited b road driving, but the other side was noticeably cooler to the touch.


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ashley,

If the mechanic only freed up the slide pin, the caliper piston could still be sticking a little. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic to point out your concerns. Let me know what happens, thanks.


Tom G. 7 months ago

99 mustang gt squeaks when I turn the wheel. Only makes noise after it rains.


Jazemen 7 months ago

i have 2005 Mitsubishi Galant ES my brakes were making a grinding sound and then it stop but now my car brakes dont work at all when i press the brake paddle my car still moves i have to threw my car into for it to stop and it takes a very sec for my car to stop i checked the brake fluid it was empty so i put some but still the same but this just happened today


John 7 months ago

After I use the brakes on my 1978 VW Bus at 10 to 15 miles an hour, it sounds like a pair of tennis shoes in a dryer. But when I get to 30 to 40 miles an hour, it sounds more like a flat. The lug nuts are tight. Does this sound like brakes or CV joints to you?


Marie Thomas 7 months ago

I have a 2009 Dodge Journey. I get squeaking and squealing when driving down the road, funny thing is in cooler weather it don't happen. But in warmer weather or after driving for a while. It also seems to be pulling like the brakes are going to lock up. Please let me know what this is. Mariethomas8484@gmail.com


Saad Liaqat 6 months ago

Hi I have corolla X automatic. I have issues with my front brakes. which is irritating me. I have changed the pads twice, and calipers fixed too. But usually there is a squeaking metal to metal contact type sound, whenever i apply the brake. it comes from only one side. i tried fixing it with local mechanics many times, but usually they clean the pads, the tell me it accumulate carbon. when they clean it the noise goes away for a day or two, but comes again. i am getting really frustrated with it now. no one is diagnosing it properly. the sound is obvious when the car speed is slow. there are scratches on the rotors too.


Moses 6 months ago

thanks Man for the info up here, i found it very useful....i will appriciate if i can have your email address for future conversation....i'm grateful


Joe 6 months ago

I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I put new brakes, ceramic, on the front. Itg seemed to work fine for about a month. Now, if I brake too hard, it sounds like grinding. I took the wheel off and the rotor, and the pads seem to be fine as do the rotors, but Im still getting the grinding sound. No, its not the back brakes, lol. They are new too. I was thinking antilock, but from what I ve been reading, I have alot of doubt about that. Any suggestions?


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Joe Harpe 6 months ago

I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey. I put new brakes, ceramic, on the front. Itg seemed to work fine for about a month. Now, if I brake too hard, it sounds like grinding. I took the wheel off and the rotor, and the pads seem to be fine as do the rotors, but Im still getting the grinding sound. No, its not the back brakes, lol. They are new too. I was thinking antilock, but from what I ve been reading, I have alot of doubt about that. Any suggestions?


Lerato Mokgotho 6 months ago

I have a 2014 Nissan Juke I took it for service 3 months back but I have a squeaky noise coming from my right tire break area and this happen this morning as I was cumming to work can it be that my brake pads needs to be replaced?


Roland 5 months ago

My car makes a squeaking noise on the driver side rear only when I'm turning, recently had the caliper, rotor and pads replaced this noise started after this what could it be


Anthony 5 months ago

Thanks for the great information. My brakes just started having the grinding sound yesterday and I will be taking it into a shop immediately.


lara 5 months ago

I just got my rear brake discs & brake pads replaced a few days ago, and I notice a very loud irritating noise (sounds like a whale to me) only when I apply my brakes at low speeds. Do you have any idea what this may be??


ladyblue61 5 months ago

hey guys i had to stop quickly and now my breaks go to the ground when i stat it .when i put break fliud in it bubbled then .


Holly 4 months ago

Hi. I just had a 05 Honda Accord get a front right axle replaced, and I had a weird grinding noise before that can only be described as a train riding the rails. I still have that noise when turning left, and they suggested an alignment since it is way off now. They checked over everything on my front end, and guarantee their work for a year. Would an alignment being off cause this horrific noise?


Jav M 4 months ago

Hello, good info here but I have a different problem on my 93 Ford Probe. When I'm driving I hear a weird noise coming from the front like air or something and it speeds up when I start to go faster. When I push the brakes it does it more. It sounds like a low sound of air like a "pssh" and then keeps doing it as I drive. Today it started to squeak a little too when I was backing out of my driveway. I did the brakes about two years ago but have only driven the car like 550 miles since then.


Chris N 4 months ago

Had an annoying clicking sound coming from right rear brake on my 2013 Nissan Sentra when stopping from 20 mph to zero. Fixed it yesterday. It was coming from the brake adjusting rod assembly which had 0.040 inch excessive gap on the rear "U" shape where it slides over the brake shoe spine. This extra gap was allowing the rod assembly to rotate and make a loud clicking noise. I closed the gap to 0.006 inch, added some "brake quiet goop", and now NO clicking sounds. Poor quality control or design of that clearance. I`m a retired mechanical engineer and was not going to let that problem go unsolved.


Doug stanley 4 months ago

I have a squeezing noise in the back drum on my car it's driving me crazy,it seems it will stop for awhile but this time it started and has been relentless,if I pull out of the drive in reverse it does not make the noise but as soon as I put it in drive and go forward it starts again and the faster I go the less it can be heard but is still there.what could be making this noise,any comments or thought about this would be greatly appreciated, and thank you...


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eddiecarrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Doug,

Is there any way you could take a video of the noise and post it here or on my website @ simple car answers .com?


Andy 3 months ago

Just bought a 2004 Jetta, been trying to diagnose and replace necessary parts and brakes came up. Bought 4 rotors/pads all the way around and have yet to install them. It wasn't necessary at the time of purchase, but after I planned on installing them today and ran out of time I was driving home and noticed a thump from the right front wheel. Wasn't sure if it was a suspension issue or a brake issue but I momentarily lost pressure in my brake pedal. Ended up pulling over and after a minute or so got pressure back in the pedal. But then after that I noticed a variable grinding, more prominent when I pressed down on the brakes. Planning on replacing the brakes tomorrow but concerned that the solution might be more extensive than just replacing pads and rotors. Any ideas on what that could be?


Meeka 2 months ago

Every now and then my brakes make a rubbing noise. Usually if I have to apply my brakes a little harder than normal, however it only happens right before stopping. I had my brakes replaced a couple of months ago professionally. It's not a scraping or squeaking noise. More like a rubbing and doesn't do it while driving or 90% of the time I break.


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Meeka,

Sometimes brake calipers can make a rubbing noise if there is not enough lubrication on the pins and contact points, but I would have to hear the sound to know if that is the problem. The rubbing noise is more like a creek and it usually happens when the vehicle is almost at a stop, around 3-7 mph.


Tricia 2 months ago

HI Eddie. I'm so glad I found your website. Thank you, this is awesome. My car is AWD. I heard a grinding sound from the rear. At first, it was just when I applied my breaks, then progressed to grinding when the car was moving at any speed. So, my son-in-law replaced the rotors and pads. The inside of the rotors were almost paper thin, yet the outside was not worn. My rear tires were also worn much more on the inside along the edge than the outer edge visible when the tire is on the car. Now, two months later, the grinding sound is back, but only on the rear passenger side. I haven't been driving the car after seeing what can happen. Could it be something other than the calipers?


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tricia,

Not usually, it sounds to me like the caliper were never cleaned and lubed properly and the problem sill existed, just with new pads. The caliper piston could also be sticking, but because your son in-law squeezed the piston back into the caliper when replacing the pads, I'm assuming the piston is OK. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.


Siya 2 months ago

I have just changed my brake pads and there is an irritiating sound when I apply the brakes. How to stop this sound ?

Please help


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Siya,

You'll need to find out where the noise is coming from and then take the brakes apart again to find out what is causing the noise. It's possible an anti rattle clip is not centered in the caliper, but it very difficult to help you when I don't have any information on what kind of vehicle it is (year make and model), if they are drum or disc brakes, the type of noise it is (besides irritating, a description of the noise would help). Let me know , thanks.


Russ 2 months ago

I have a 2007 Honda Accord V6 which had the rear and front brake pads replaced 2 years ago. The car only gets about 10,000 miles a year, so I think the pads should still be okay. Recently, I have noticed a knocking noise coming from the rear of the car when I apply the brakes. It doesn't happen every time I brake, I would say I hear it about 25% of the time. Any idea what could cause this?


msw 2 months ago

Thumping in the rear end while accelerating/decelerating is also due to a seized power disk caliper which wore one side of a disk pad down to zero. Besides seized a caliper this can be due to frozen caliper pins too.


Andy 8 weeks ago

My 2011 Honda Accord sedan makes a whooshing sound when I apply the brakes. What should I do and what is causing this noise?


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eddiecarrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Russ, most likely you're hearing brake pad impressions on the rotor, you'll hear it mostly when braking hard because your rear brakes only do about 30% of the braking. You'll need to either have the rotors resurfaced or replaced to get rid of the noise.

Hi Andy,

I'm not sure what you mean whooshing sound, does it sounds metallic, rubbing noise, air leaking, high pitched, low groan? Let me know, thanks.


Kami 8 weeks ago

Excellent article and advice. ...


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eddiecarrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Kami ;)


Alicia 6 weeks ago

I had my rear brakes replaced, they replaced my back 2 rotors but only 1 brake pad. Is that common/normal?


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eddiecarrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Alicia,

How do you know they only replaced one brake pad? Brake pads come as a set of 4 pads, one inner and one outer for each caliper. Let me know if this helps, thanks.


Lusia Hamunyela 6 weeks ago

Hi my Peugeot 206 has noise problem when i am braking and when i turning the front wheel on right side,can you please advice.


Aryan 6 weeks ago

Hey my mazda 6 is making a lot of noise when I brake hard or when I go over a bump. First I thought I got a car wash it might be because of that but no the noise is not going away. Please HELP!

Thank You


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eddiecarrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Lusia and Aryan,

The more details you give me, the better I can answer your questions. I need to know the type of noise, bang, pop, squeal, rubbing, metal to metal, scraping, etc... I also need to know when it happens like what speeds, turning, rough roads, backing up, braking. Let me know if you have more details on these problems, thanks.


Holly 5 weeks ago

Hi Eddie, I drive a 2014 Kia Forte SX, which is at roughly 85,000 kms. There is a sound coming from my front right tire... When the car begins to speed up, it sounds like something is rubbing the tire at a certain point in one complete revolution... The same sound happens when I slow down. And when I come to a complete stop, breaks fully depressed, there is like a squashing/mild crunching sound, like when you stop in snow, and the snow crunches. I have to drive terrible roads daily...potholes, rough, uneven and cracked pavement, to gravel/ dirt roads. Why did I buy a Kia Forte SX you may ask? I was stuck in a lease and had to move to this location. Your thoughts would be appreciated...specially on how expensive this may be. Thanks!


Nicole 5 weeks ago

I have a 99 Toyota camry when I back up I feel and hear a scraping noise. its only when I backup and it only does it once when first starting to back up. it seems to be on the passenger side front. Any help would be great


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eddiecarrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Holly,

We do what we gotta do ;)

What I have found with that crunching noise is you're lacking caliper lubrication and the rotors are probably warped (brake pulsations = warped rotors) If you can find a mechanic to disassemble the calipers, lube all moving parts (pins, pads) and grind down any built up rust under the caliper anti rattle clips so the pad move freely and don't bind, the noise should subside. This should only cost about 1 hour labor, unless they find you need to replace something. Let me know if this helps, and keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

Hi Nicole,

This may be just moisture on the rotors or it's also possible the brake pad wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor. It's a good idea to have the brakes checked either way. Let me know what you find, thanks.


Alie 5 weeks ago

I'm hoping that you're still available. I had new break pads put on my 1995 Econoline van about a month ago. Now recently the driver side sounds as if it needs break pads but it doesn't. The pads are nice and thick and the rotor is smooth. Could it be the backing plate? Or is it something I should be really concern with?


Jav 4 weeks ago

Hey nice write up. I just installed new pads and rotors on my car and I been driving it for the last two days since but today I was almost home and when I braked I heard a different noise like a scrape or creaking noise. Not squealing like new brakes or worn out brakes but like a tin can having something drag across it. I also noticed it was doing it when going faster and breaking hard as I tried that a few times after. It would do it when I braked and then a quick half second after I let off the brake pedal. It almost sounds like the strut. I was thinking maybe the strut because it did it when I braked harder and caused the car to jolt forward. What do you think? Would love some advice. Thanks


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eddiecarrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Alie,

When do you hear the noise? When turning? When braking? Let me know, thanks.

Hi Jav,

If it sounds like a tin can dragging, most likely your backing plate is too close the the rotor. I recommend bending the backing plate out of the way in the area you hear the noise. Rotors flex when driving, especially when cornering, so the faster you go, the more flex you get, and the more noise you'll get. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.


Wil 11 days ago

Hi Eddie, all good info. I have a 2002 2500HD 4x4 Silverado. Had a grinding noise like metal on metal that seemed to becoming from the front left. Seemed like I could even feel it in the peddle. It would happen once every few months. Recently it was happening quite often. I changed the pads (not even half worn) with premium pads, rotors looked real good also. Took it for a test drive and it happened once at the beginning but not after that, will drive it some more to see if it shows up again. Any thoughts? I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.


Jarrod 7 days ago

Thanks so much for your help. I had a to replace a flat spare tire and got a new tire. I put the new tire on the back and moved the existing back tire to the front position. Then afterwards I was hearing a screeching sound. The next day, I tried reseating the tire in the front where I was hearing the noise and it still had the same sound. I prayed and asked God for help and He said the rotor. I thought it might need to be replaced and then I looked on google to see what I could find about screeching sound after repairing a flat. The video about the metal touching the rotor is the one that helped me. Shortly after watching, I drove to a nearby neighborhood to remove my tire in the front and make sure no metal was touch. I checked top and bottom and moved that metal piece away from the rotor. I checked for rocks too. Put the tire back on and started driving. NO noise. Thank you. You save me money that I did not have. Thank you. God bless what you are doing abundantly.


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eddiecarrara 5 days ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Wil,

Did you only hear the noise while braking? Because sometime the locking hubs can cause a grinding noise when they are not fully disengaged. Let me know, thanks.

Hi Jarrod,

That is an awesome story and I want to thank you for sharing it. You have really made my day :) You have also given me an idea for a new video " Noise After Changing Tire" I think it will help people find the answer to the same problem you had. Thanks again Jarrod, God Bless


Abubakar 3 days ago

Hi Eddie,

You have given very good information and reason about brake noise. I have a same kind of problem on my truck which I bought nearly six months ago.

My problem is that Whenever I have applied brake to my truck (Prime Mover), I feel juddering with noise coming from my brake drum. I had replaced my brake pads with new one but problem still comes.

In my opinion, may be it was a problem in BRAKE DRUM material.

Can you please tell me the reason of this juddering and noise with some solution?

Thanks.


Abubakar 2 days ago

One more question I want to ask you.'

Can I fix my truck BRAKE DRUM noise by the procedure of Emergency Brake that you have described in your article? Is this method valid for Brake Drum too?

Thanks.


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eddiecarrara 18 hours ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Abubakar,

If you didn't have the rear drums resurfaced or replaced when replacing the shoes, it' possible that would be the next step. Some drums can cause a pulsation when out of round, they can also produce noise when braking. If the drums are serviceable, have them resurfaced, if not, just replace them. Keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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