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Noise from the wheel when i apply brakes

Noise coming from the left hand driver side

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Could be a couple of things, what kind of noise
Could be brakes
Could be CV axle
Could be wheel bearing
Could be ball joint, tie rod, shock, the shins

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

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    Tony Cantero Mar 19, 2014

    I have the same issue after replacing the pads on the front disk brakes with the cheapest "economy" brake pads. Its best to buy the brake shoes & brake pads yourself from the auto parts store. Select the more expensive brake pads/shoes, then make sure your service invoice bill does not include parts replacement of brake pads/ shoes. Most shops will use the economy brake pads/shoes which are designed to make a noise for a month until you wear them down 2K to 3K miles down the road. On the service order, write it out yourself; "RETURN OLD parts and CONTAINERS OF NEW PARTS, OR 30% discount from total of invoice." Some shops will not return old parts, or there's a box that says "customer does not want old parts" which they routinely check off. When you don't get your old parts, it a clue they charged you for parts that were never replaced. If you had not recently replaced the brake pads on your front disk brakes, the noise means the pads are worn down and you need a front brake job. The brake pads and brake shoes have a special layer when its worn down to a certain point. If you ignore this noise and continue driving, it will be down to metal-to-metal grinding noise. You'll need to replace the front brake disk( $400+ part). You can inspect this yourself by getting a mechanic's inspection mirror & a flashlight or auto shop work light.

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probably a dumb question, but if there is a backing plate, did you make sure it isnt bent and hitting the rotor? you never want to sand new rotors, although i dont think it would cause this concern. i would suggest lightly scuffing up the brake pads. this will eliminate any noise caused by the contact of the rotors and pads. if it goes away then you know its a problem with the pads/rotors.

scoring of only the inside rotors would make me think that possibly the caliper slides are frozen up. make sure they move quite freely on the slides. it is not uncommon for brake pads to score rotors though.

but brake noises at low speeds that dont' change when applying light brake pressure are usually some sort of metal or something contacting the rotor.

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