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Grinding noise when step on the break.

I bought this car 2003 escape used and I love it,but recently I noticed that when I step on my break and make a left turn I can hear a grinding sound.On top of that the airbag light is on and off as well as the emergency break.

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  • sheryl77 Jul 13, 2008

    Yes very helpful.Thank you.

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Hi,

The grinding noise could be indicative that the brake pads have worn off and the metal backing is grinding with the brake disc. This is further supported by the emergency brake light indicator which would illuminate (even when emergency/park brake is not engaged) when the brake fluid is low or the pads are too thin or gone (as in your probable case). Even though the grinding sound is only on the left side, it would be to your advantage to repalce both sides. Additionally, pls have the disc themselves checked as they may need re-surfacing.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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    Louie Role Jul 12, 2008

    If I may add, the flashing airbag light would indicate a code. Pls determine the sequence of flashes as they would refer to a particular fault. Of course the technically correct procedure would be to use the body DTC to determine the specific fault.

    Due to safety reasons, your best bet would be to seek the services of an authorized service center or a dealer.


  • S. Leighty Oct 10, 2011

    My airbag light has come on several occasion, there is a plug under one of the front seats, when the seat is moved sometimes they come loose. Pushing them back together fixes mine.

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