Video: 3 Noises Your Brakes Should Not Make

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Subject: Sounds like my front tire is coming off.

When ever I drive and hit certain bumps it sounds like my front driver tire is going to fall of or there is something rattling around. Also when I press on my brakes it makes a hard grinding sound. I just got new brakes, rotors, and tires on my car. It is a 2009 Ford Focus.

Don k

Subject: Noise like a pendulum swing

My car is new. I noticed that my car makes a tic-tac noise like a pendulum swing for about 2 seconds even after it stops. What is the wrong my car?

lorraine drake

Subject: growl sound

someone hit my car and pushed in the bumper now it makes a loud growly sound should I drive it to the shop or have them tow it it is loud when I go foward

Gary Bleisch

Subject: Disc Brake squeal only at moderate pressure

New rotors & pads on all 4 wheels. Front only squeal once they get hot and only at moderate pressure. If more pressure is applied the squeal stops, I've changed pads to different material twice, doesn't matter, still squeals. "ALL" hardware is new and properly lubed during brake job, pads had ceramic brake grease applied to pad backs. They make no noise when cool, so what's up with this condition ?


Subject: What's the problem

Ok so I bought a used car today, 150k miles. Took it for a short test drive and everything seemed fine to me. Well when I drove the car home I started to notice a funny noise. I think the noise is from the breaks but I am not sure, I don't know anything about cars. So this is what it's doing, when I'm driving along and apply the breaks to let's say just slow down, it sounds normal just like every other car but when I apply the breaks and I'm coming to a complete stop, it starts making a grinding noise.

Please help. Does anyone know what this sounds like it could be?

Brent Bowles

Subject: About video

Thank you so much for the post, I wasn't sure why my car was making the loud squeeling noise when I stop,and now I do. Thank you so much for this post, it was very helpful!


Subject: Brakes

My daughter's car made what I would call a clacking noise coming from the front tires when taking off could this be the brakes done this several times one evening then stop and hasn't done it any more

Emily Schroeder

Subject: Jeep Liberty 2007

My car makes this weird grinding noise when i stop once in awhile. It's not every time which is strange. The break pedal also seems to get tight when i step on it. Nobody seems to find an issue with it because they don't hear it when they're in it it's just once in awhile. I had my breaks looked over maybe i need to do it again? Someone also mentioned a possible pinion bearing? What is that? Could that be it? I don't want to spend an arm and a leg just wanna figure out the problem.

wayne clark domine

Subject: brake noise

how about a knocking sound underneath when you step on brake? this is the sound my car makes everytime i step on the brake and my mechanic could not figure it out. i need enlightenment.


Subject: Breaks

I have a stick shift. So I dot use breaks that much. I am guessing tha the caliper is sticking. When I apply my breaks ther is a stone to stone grinding sound almost like the rough new breaks before the get smoothed down. However when I release them the squel for a little while ten stop.


Subject: noise

I got a car like 2 months ago and recently I been hearing a noise as soon as I hit the brakes. It sounds like it's coming from the back tire on the driver side. I took it to jiffy lube and the lubed up my brakes because whoever installed them before didn't grease the one side. Well I'm still hearing the noise. What do you believe it could be?

Jamie St.Pierre

Subject: brakes

When I shifted my car into reverse and released the brake, it made a loud clunk sound. Car hadn't even moved all that much. But I applied my brake and put my car into park to take a look and when I released it again it made this sound. I kept it in park and tested the brake, as soon as its let go clunk, what is up with my brakes?


Subject: I bought a new car last

I bought a new car last friday. Its only 11 months old and done 2200 miles. It also had a service before i collected the car. I have noticed when i press the brakes there is a quiet whirling/scraping noise. It usually happens when i press the brakes hard when slowing down quickly or to a complete stop and when braking downhill. The brakes seem to work fine and were obviously checked on the last service. Is this noise anything to worry about?


Subject: squeaks

Hi I read your comments with interest. I have replaced the pads on all four wheels in my wife's Honday Odyssey, and now it has two kinds of squeaks: one when you apply the brakes (not worried about that one) but another at low speed as the wheels go around. It seems to go away when you reach a certain speed. It tends to happen at low speeds and sometimes seems to start when you turn a corner. The pads are good and thick. I did not turn the rotors, but the only place they seem bad is on the very edge where there is a small lip. I took them apart and redid them and it still does it. What should I do?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.