1999 Ford Ranger Q&A
1999 Ford Ranger Question: Noise from apply brakes to a slow stop.
I had repairs made, Brake pads, repack bearings, replace fluid, to eliminate a gruch-gruch noise from the front during slow stops. Reminescent of when brake shoes and drums are worn. After repair brakes felt spongy and slowly the sound came back and got worse. Shop thinks the back brakes which i was told don't need replacment yet is transferring to front that Brake cylinder needs replacement. This doesn't sound right. What do you think? - tkwick
You said brake parts were replaced to eliminate a grinding sound when you applied the brakes. It sounds like the brakes may have gone metal to metal and they replaced the brake pads and possibly re-machined or replaced the front brake discs. The brakes shouldn't have been spongy afterward but I could see the brake pads needing time to bed in 50 miles max. Can you tell whether the noise is coming from the front or rear when you apply the brakes now or distinguish if the noise is coming form one wheel in particular. When you brake weight is transferred forward, and the front brakes do more to stop the truck than the rear (that is why the front wear twice as fast as the rear). Try to tell where the noise is coming from, perhaps you could get a friend to drive the truck as you stand out side and listen. I am wondering if the brake pads used are of good quality or if brake silencing shims have come displaced. - patrick mannion