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My car is making a very loud growling noise when I step on the brakes...sounds like metal on metal. What could it be? I was already told that I would need to replace the the rotor but now this noise started.

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Most likely the brakes are metal to metal.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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You need new brake pads, rotors, and possibly calipers!!
if a caliper is frozen or sticky it will put continuous pressure on the inner brake pad, therefore causing premature wear of the pad!1 and then of course when then pad gets down to metal, you are metal to metal which will destroy your rotor!!

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