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My 2001 PT Cruiser sometimes grinds when I apply the brakes, but pads and rotors look good. I had hit a low curb a few days before

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SOURCE: what would cause a grinding sound when applying the brakes if the pads and rotors are good? This happens most, but not all of the time. I hit a low curb 2 days before

Look for a backing plate or caliper shim making contact with rotor wheel need to come off for inspection

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Brakes make a whistle noise when applied and sometimes a low grown or grinding when coming to a slow stop or start.


A grinding or rumbling noise can also be symptoms of a wheel bearing or constant velocity joint in a driveshaft. A worn wheel bearing can also cause a 'whistling' sound (as can a worn CV joint).

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).

However, as you say a mechanic has looked at the brakes and can't find anything wrong .. I think I would begin to suspect a wheel bearing or constant velocity joint on the driveshaft (front wheel drive cars).

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john, this could be the bearings in the hub end of the short shaft, the brake rotor, or the brake pad. I own a 2001 and have had this problem. It was the rotor, I don't know why they treat brakes like they do but I changed both rotors, and changed the struts while I was there. Hope this helps.

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Loud creaking noise(s) from front wheels when braking.


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I have a 2003 pt cruiser and my brakes keep screaming, my dad checked both the back and front brake pads/drums but said that they were fine but would soon need to change the front pads. he also said that...


Screaming brakes dont mean the fluid is low, the brakes squeaking is due to vibration of the pads and calipers, the brakes could be fine and still squeak, in order to rid the noise you would need to remove the pads and replace the pad hardware clips and then apply some anti squeal to backside of the pads,this helps almost always but some cars the pads are so glazed that they need replacing and rotors machined or replaced, if your dad said they were good for now then its safe. if the noise is something you wish to get rid of then follow the above instructions. good day.

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It is making a hard scaping, scubing sound when pressing brakes and sometime will traveling


A couple things to look for. Brake pads wear over time and they have a 'squealer' that is designed to make a noise to alert the driver that the brake pads are getting low. This will sometimes remain in slight contact with the rotor while driving as well. Sometimes instead of squealing you will hear a harsher grinding noise.
It is possible that there is some sort of debris lodged in the brake assembly as well contacting the rotor.
When replacing the brakes, be sure to pay close attention the the sliders and that they are cleaned and lubricated properly as they allow the brake pad to move away from the rotor after braking.

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When I apply the brakes on my 2001 GMC youkon about 2/3rds of the time I hear a grinding type noise that I can feel in the brake pedal. The truck stops fine the pads rotors etc. all look good. Any ideas?


When you say the pads and rotors look good, did you actually remove the wheels and check them? A lot of times the outside pad will look ok, but the inside pad can be right down to the metal backing plate. If you can get under the truck, run your finger across the rotors on the inside of the rotor. It should feel smooth. If it feels rough, the inside pad is gone. There really isnt any other reason you would both hear and feel grinding in the brakes.

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I drove 120 miles to visit family and left the RAV sitting for 4 days. Upon leaving there was, and continues to be a severe ''grinding'' when the brakes are applied. Suggestions?


check your brake rotor s and replace brake pads if need to but base on what you explain your brake are worn and touching metal each time you apply the brakes and thats not good for your vehicle

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