About a year ago, my brakes were making noise as if they were needing replacement. I traveled out of state and had the brakes repaired - replacing rotors and pads (??) on all four wheels - in September. At the time, there was still noise, which was assumed to be the dust that would work itself out, however, they have continued to make noise since that time. Recently the noise has become much louder and much more of a grinding sound. When the tires were replaced recently, I did take a peek at the rotors and don't see much wear or signs of scratching as if something were stuck between it and the brake. The brakes seem to be operating fine (which they actually seemed to be when I had them fixed last September but didn't want to take chances). A couple times I have wondered if there is something that is not properly fully disengaging on the brake - the noise sounds quite a bit like the noise made when the emergency brake is not disengaged and someone attempts to drive. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!
Brakes making horrible noise both before and after repair on 1995 Saturn SL
by figaro8895 in North Richland Hills, TX on August 09, 2010
ANSWER by Ghost Wolf on August 13, 2010
Do you hear it all the time or only when the brakes are pushed? On our cars we have some metal tabs that ride real close to the rotors. One may be out of place and rubbing on the rotor. Cheap pads will do it too. There are sprays and tubes of grease you can use to get rid of squeals. Try this before wasting money on pads that do not need replacing.