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Brakes grabbing, thudding when brakes are applied. just had brakes checked and work included (front brakes) replacement of one ceramic brake pad, 2 brake rotors, cleaned and lubed sliders; (rear brakes) cleaned and adjusted have returned to the mechanic twice and have gotten a second opinion. both deny they hear or feel anything at all, except that the tie rod on front right had to be replaced. this grabbing and thudding does not occur every time brake is applied, but when it does occur it can be heard and felt. I have read of this problem in other vehicles and the caliper is mentioned. can you help?

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  • psarno95100 Oct 21, 2008

    leetamara,



    Do you know how far down the bolts should be tightened? If we can avoid a mechanic repair bill at this point and do it ourselves that would be great!



    thanks so much

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Sounds like the caliper mounting bolts are tightened all the way down causing movement when the brakes are applied. Simply remove the tires and check the 2 mounting bolts that mount the caliper to the bracket.

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    Lee Quiroz Oct 22, 2008

    You should be tightened down good and snug. It'll be just like tightening a bolt. Don't worry about breaking the bolt, they're really strong.

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