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Just replaced both front rotorsand pads and left caliper.seemed fine but now a slight grinding sound or feel on right front,very noticable making a left turn,but goes away with light pressure to brake pedal. whats up ?

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Check tin backing plate...often they will touch the rotor and make a noise.

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Inspect the brakes to make sure shims are installed correctly,make sure pads are able to slide,the housing must be clean where pads sit ,is there a possibility lugs may be loose?
also seeif there is any play in front wheel bearings

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