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2001 Pontiac Grand AM GT brake noise

I have a 2001 Grand AM GT and it makes a terrible noise when slowing down and applying brakes. It has been to 4 dealers and has had 3 sets of brakes and a new set of tires (was told that was the problem). The machine still makes noise so now I have been told I will have to "live" with it as the type brakes cause this so turn my radio up! I refuse to believe this noise cannot be stopped. It makes a "rubbing" sound not a metal to metal. It is annoying and costing me money. Please - someone help! I am glad I found this site as the rotor/pad issue is driving me crazy. I have a 2003 Grand Am GT that I love. It has a little over 30,000 kms on it. The grinding noise has always bothered me but after taking in many times (while under warranty) since I purchased it in 2003, I had come to 'live' with it. I've had the rotors replaced/machined so many times. I went out yesterday to find the front pad is cracked. The noise is sooo loud. The amount of money spent on this issue alone is ridiculous. I would get rid of it but I love the car and it is finally paid off (last year). My luck, I would get another vehicle and end up with another sort of issue. All cars seem to have their issues/quirks..some more than others. Someone mentioned changing the tire to a thinner one. That is an idea. I will need knew tires before winter. If I know for sure that would solve the grinding noise, I would go to a thinner tire. Of course that doesn't solve the rotor issue. I had the front ones replaced 2 years ago and now will have to get them replaced again. I won't go back to the dealership to do it.

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  • sweetydar57 May 26, 2009

    The first paragraph or so was not written by me. Weird..hmmmm.

    This is my bit

    I am glad I found this site as the rotor/pad issue is driving me crazy.
    I have a 2003 Grand Am GT that I love. It has a little over 30,000 kms
    on it. The grinding noise has always bothered me but after taking in
    many times (while under warranty) since I purchased it in 2003, I had
    come to 'live' with it. I've had the rotors replaced/machined so many
    times. I went out yesterday to find the front pad is cracked. The noise
    is sooo loud. The amount of money spent on this issue alone is
    ridiculous. I would get rid of it but I love the car and it is finally
    paid off (last year). My luck, I would get another vehicle and end up
    with another sort of issue. All cars seem to have their
    issues/quirks..some more than others. Someone mentioned changing the
    tire to a thinner one. That is an idea. I will need knew tires before
    winter. If I know for sure that would solve the grinding noise, I would
    go to a thinner tire. Of course that doesn't solve the rotor issue. I
    had the front ones replaced 2 years ago and now will have to get them
    replaced again. I won't go back to the dealership to do it.

    Brakes work fine except for the noise.


  • sweetydar57 May 26, 2009

    Ceramic?? For front and back? Thanks for your input. :-)

  • sweetydar57 May 30, 2009

    I had to take it to the dealer. They replaced the pads and rotors..$1000 later. They only use the ceramic ones...so far so good. I am happy (though I need to find the $). I hope it's solves it for food.



  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Cracked pad is from either too much heat or defective material If calipers aren't binding, same advice I gave before applies. Try ceramics. Not too difficult to do yourself.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    I know they're more expensive, but, try using ceramic pads...It seems that you are doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same result...try something different. Brakes work OK except for noise?

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