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The back brakes in my car started making a noise.

The back brakes in my car started making a grinding noise is there anything I can do, for a quick fix, until I can really get the brakes fixed?

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Replace the shoes and drums now or later is all you can do

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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).

May 05, 2016 | 2007 Honda Accord Sedan

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When i first start driving my car, the brakes make a very loud grinding noise. if i press on the brake the hesitate, and push back. this only occurs for a while then the ABS light turns on and the work...


The loud grinding noise may be due to worn pads or brake shoes. I suggest you have all brakes on the vehicle inspected for worn pads, shoes, and possibly worn rotors. The ABS light may indicate uneven brake functioning, so for safty sake, have the brake system checked out.

Apr 08, 2014 | 1997 Buick LeSabre

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Front end grinding noise


Several possibilities. Sound transmits through metal. The rear Emergency brakes will lose their lining and the linings fall into the rear brake drum. They will often pulverize the material and the piles of debris will shift when backing up and repeat the process going forward.
Rust on the front rotors. Constant battle. Can rust in 3 days enough to make noise. Sticking caliper or rubber brake hose is breaking down inside and blocking brake fluid return. Fluid has pressure to tighten caliper but relies on gravity/suction return. Rubber brake hoses internally can form flaps which act like 1 way gates.
Check other front axle for same parts, maybe 1/2 shaft is failing.

May 12, 2013 | 2002 Ford Expedition

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Honda Accord metal grinding sound, esp when starting car when cold


A timing belt usually makes a loud squealing noise (like a 'shriek/scream') when it is worn or slipping, not a grinding noise.

A quick check - before you start the car - is to pour some water onto the inside of the belt where it goes around the pulleys. If there's no noise at start up, you know it is the belt at fault (or the metal pulley/s are worn).

There are kits to replace the timing belt (and bearings). Have a look on Ebay:
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If the noise happens before the car moves - it obviously can't be your brakes. When backing up the noise may appear louder simply because your head is turned ..

If the noise is actually coming from a wheel, it possibly could be the backing plate on the brakes - the thin disk behind the brake may be rubbing on the rotor.

However.. a grinding noise ... if it is coming from the front of the engine in the general area of the timing belt be very wary - if a bearing or the belt fails, your engine will be history.

Why not give a mobile mechanic a call? Those guys are usually quite good and a lot cheaper than a workshop

Mar 11, 2017 | 2006 Honda Accord

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When I make a left turn only, and break, it sounds like something is rubbing or grinding. If I turn left without breaking, I don't hear anything. No noises when turning right or braking while driv


If the problem is as bad as it sounds, you may be close to parking it until fixed.
Normally, if you turn left, your are "loading" the right side, and visa-versa.
Think of it this way.
Picture a car going fast around a turn. The wheel on the inside of the turn might actually lift off of the ground, it is "unloaded".
With that thought in mind, look closely at the right front wheel. Start with the brake pads and /or rotor ( what the brake pads rub on to stop the car.)
Check the rotor inside and out. A good flashlight will do.
Pull the right front wheel and see if the pads are worn out or the rotor is no longer smooth, but "torn up" on the inside or the outside.
If the pads and the rotor is fine, next look at the wheel bearings.
This will be a bigger problem, probably a shop needs to check this out.

Jan 11, 2013 | 2003 Hyundai Tiburon

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After installing new front rotors and pads on a 07 Mercury Milan there is a bad grinding noise


Hi Julie, Check the back plates behind the discs. Some times after working on the brakes the back plates are bent and cause the sound you're reporting. The ABS rotors, if correct should not come into contact with the sensors. Are the brakes efficient when applied? If not make sure they have been installed the correct way around. I have known mechanics to fit them with the metal part of the pad rubbing onto the disc! Anything is possible. Regards John

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2006 chevy cobalt transaxle noise , i blocked car up remove both front wheels started engine, engaged transmission to drive, listened to noise sounded a bit like a grumbling/grinding noise., no fluid leaks...


WORN FRONT BRAKE PADS WILL MAKE GRINDING NOISE IF PAD WORN DOWN TO RIVETS RUBBING AGAINST BRAKE ROTOR WILL MAKE GRINDING NOISE, IF BRAKE PADS OKAY WORN DAMAGE DRIVE SPROCKET SUPPORT BEARING .

Oct 25, 2011 | 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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I have 2006 mitsubishi eclipse 76000miles. When i first start up my car and start to drive it make a grinding sound only when i start it up. Also my brakes do not catch till more then half way down and my...


I would adjust the rear brakes if you have drums back there. That will raise your pedal. If you have disc brakes in rhe back, then they self adjust better than rear drum brakes.

Grinding noises are never good, as it indicates there is metal to metal contact somewhere.

Without listening to it, I would have trouble determining exactly what that was.'

good luck to you.

Jun 16, 2010 | Cars & Trucks

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My V.W Bora is making a grinding noise when i change gears or hit the excelerator, could it be the brake shoes as i was told that my back brake shoes need replacing


When brakes approach the point where they need quick replacement you will hear a high-pitched squealing noise whenever you apply the brakes. This is caused by "wear sensor" material in the pads/shoes that's designed to get your attention. Your problem is more likely either clutch or transmission related.
Bill B

Feb 23, 2010 | 2001 Volkswagen Golf

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Grinding noise when backing up Jeep Liberty'06 only in the AM..


Have your rear brakes checked. It might be a brake wear indicator. Or your rear brakes are stuck on the brake drum.

Jul 09, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Durango

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