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Grinding noise in front end when coming to a stop,

2003 Grand AM GT .Grinding noise in front end when coming to a stop, also a clicking / banging noise when applying the breaks, Has all new breaks and rotors on all four wheels. Still cant find promblem.

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  • stefz34 May 11, 2010

    Have you check the cv joints?

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland May 11, 2010

    have another look ??did you renew the brake disks??were they worn ??did they have a lip on them??

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Could be a stone stuck in one of the calipers , sometimes driving in reverse can clear the stone.

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