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Makes terrible metal on metal sound when brakes are NOT applied

Started after going through rain water raod

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Sounds to me either you have bad front brakes up front or a stone my have got cought between the front dust shield for the brakes.

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SOURCE: brake problems after rains

brake booster or vacuum to it....

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Looks like that the differential gearings are worn out. As a first course of action please check the rear differential fluid and fill if lacking. If it still doesn't help then you will need to have it replaced for sooner or later this will give you trouble and we don't want that to happen.

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A grinding noise with brakes is either worn pads causing metal to metal contact on the brake disk/rotor, or the brake backing plate catching on a spinning rotor ... or a loose/missing anti squeal brake shim (they stop the pads from rattling and vibrating).

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The abs light is on in my car and the brakes are terrible what could be the problem was told that my abs modulator was shorting out


The light can be on for many reasons. Brake fluid level. Wheel spin sensor. Worn brake pads (if they have a sensor) Bad pressure sensor When you say terrible what do you mean? Shaking? Squeaking? Sqealing? (metal to metal grinding) The brakes continually pulsate?

As far as shorting out, has your car gone in very high water? If you pull the fuse for the ABS does it stop being terrible? (brakes should work fine without fuse)

No matter the car all hydraulic brakes work the same. The braking system can work without ABS, provided the ABS isn't the problem.

When I hear "shorting out" this means to me something is wrong but the person doesn't know what it is. Actual shorting is rare.

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Have you went through rain puddles lately this can cause them to squeal. If this is not your problem then i would set the adjuster on the brakes.... look near the bottom of the brakes for a dial with teeth and turn them downward to set the brakes back a little.... your brakes could be set too close still. Hope this helped ;)

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