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When I turn left after slowing down from a highway speed my car makes a grinding noise. what do you think it is?

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Probably need new brake pads-look through the wheel openings to see if the surface of the rotor is getting gouged by pads that have run down-you may have to remove the wheels to see since it might be an inside pad.

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