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What is this loud rubbing sound I am hearing when I am driving?

I have a 1997 vw jetta vr6, 2.8. I hear a loud rubbing sound when driving. As of present I have changed everything that had to do with brakes but the calipers. I did change the O-rings in the calipers. I think my front caliper pistons are sticking or maybe the calipers are not releasing completing. Please advise.

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  • betnysmetny Oct 17, 2008

    I also have a loud rubbing noise. it also makes my whole car vibrate and i just had brand new tires put on. But it made that noise before i put the new tires on, i was hoping it would solve it but has not.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    i think the calipers are sticking


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Your pads NORMALLY will ride on the disks,  they will NOT normally make any rubbing sound.
I doubt your calipers are stuck unless you drove into the seawater at Daytona or something similiar. To test,  chock rear wheels, jack up  front of car, spin L and then R wheels by hand,  if they spin whthout much effort, your front caliper pistons are probably fine.   Flip car around and repeat for other end;~)
You may find one of the rear wheels has a grinding feeling and some play if you grab it top and bottom and try to wiggle perpendicular to the line of travel.   If this is the case you need a wheel bearing,  could be on the front bearing,  but my jetta experience says rear bearing (twice).
DO NOT BUY CALIPERS unless you know they are bad, they shouldn't be bad and they are expensive.
Good luck and post us back

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