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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

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

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If both the front & rear pads are good. you might have damaged the splash plate, so it's scraping.

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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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Try replacing or resurfacing your rotors and brake hardware. Using brake pads similar to the oem will also help stop any problems.

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99 Toyota corolla. I just replaced the brakes all the way around a month ago. pads on front, shoes on back. It now makes an awful grinding sound when the brakes are applied and sounds like metal to metal....


You'll have to determine which wheel the sound is coming from and check it again. It could be something hitting the rotor or drum other than the shoes and pads. Like a brake spring or guide.
You can raise each front wheel one at a time and have someone step on the brakes while you listen too. This may turn on the ABS light however.

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Hi, i would chk your rotor on the wheel your hearing the noise from. Sounds like a brake pad has worn out and is chewing your rotor. That can cause all your issues. Hope that helps

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When i press on brakes i can hear a grinding noise coming from he front end, what could it be?


Brake pads are worn. That noise is the sound of the backing plate for the brake pads hitting the rotors. You will need to replace the pads and probablt the rotors. When the brakes go metal to metal like that it typically destroys the rotor.

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Grinding noise from front right. rotors seem okay and I can turn the rotor with ease. Is it the wheel bearing?


Does it happen all the time or when brakes are applied? Usally a bad bearing will cause a growling noise. I would check both the brake pads on the right side. Often the inner pad will wear off, then you have metal against metal, causing a grinding noise.

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2004 nissan maxima...can hear the abs pump while driving and sounds like grinding when braking at low speeds. Is this pump issue or sensor? What causes this to happen?


hi from uk the only thing i would be concerned about at this moment is the grinding when brakes applied ? this sounds very much like your brake pads are very low and most likely worne to the point of damage(grinding metal to rotor contact) is the sound you hear also the abs will sense this and due to unbalance of braking to each wheel abs will operate however i would have thought your car may have low pads warning indicator light system fitted but may not ? may i suggest considering age and possible high milage of your car ? if you have not had pads inspected recently? you do so asap b4 you drive any distance especially at speed ?

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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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My brakes are grinding/vibrating only on the passenger side. only happens between 0-45 mph and quits when i press on the brakes to slow myself. the dust plate is not in the way i blead the lines


The most likely cause for your brakes grinding, especially on one side, would be a warped rotor. As the wheel spins this warped rotor is making contact with the pads. As you apply pressure the pads make full contact with the rotor causing the noise to stop. The pads may also be bad. Too much heat will cause the rotor to warp. Your best bet would be to replace both the pads and the rotor as either of them can be causing the problem. I do NOT recommend changing just one side of your brakes as this causes uneven braking and is ultimately dangerous.

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I have a 2008 Honda LXP purchased Novemebr 2008. It has 21000 miles on the clock. From and since 15,000 miles I heard a grinding sound when I applied the brakes after the car was stationary for over 10...


from my experience its sounds like ur front rotors may need resurfaceing...if ur doing that...may as well replace the brakes on the front as well...sometimes glazed front brake pads may make a sound but never heard of it as a grind, usually its a squeal...have ur dealer check ur rotors for hot spots in which u would need them replaced if they are overheated..also check the front pads for cracked brake pad material

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