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  • avatar karjunkie 09/21/09 9:41 am PST

    If your hearing a squeaking squealing or chirping noise coming from the front of your car, right tire, I think that it's your brakes. If you hear the brake noise with your foot OFF the brake pedal, you are probably hearing the "brake wear indicators". This wear indicator is a thin piece of metal attached to the brake pad. When the pads wear down, the indicator comes in slight contact with the rotor, causing a vibration and/or a high pitched squeal. When you step on the brake pedal you force the wear indicator against the rotor and no vibration occurs or squeal noise. If you hear a brake noise when you step ON the brake, it is probably due to the metal rivets in the worn out brake pad coming in contact with the rotor and this only takes a few hard stops before sever rotor damage occurs. In either case, make sure you get the brake pads inspected soon and replace them to avoid rotor damage. Good luck.

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  • karjunkie 09/21/09 9:41 am PST

    If your hearing a squeaking squealing or chirping noise coming from the front of your car, right tire, I think that it's your brakes. If you hear the brake noise with your foot OFF the brake pedal, you are probably hearing the "brake wear indicators". This wear indicator is a thin piece of metal attached to the brake pad. When the pads wear down, the indicator comes in slight contact with the rotor, causing a vibration and/or a high pitched squeal. When you step on the brake pedal you force the wear indicator against the rotor and no vibration occurs or squeal noise. If you hear a brake noise when you step ON the brake, it is probably due to the metal rivets in the worn out brake pad coming in contact with the rotor and this only takes a few hard stops before sever rotor damage occurs. In either case, make sure you get the brake pads inspected soon and replace them to avoid rotor damage. Good luck.

  • novo 09/21/09 3:20 pm PST

    Thanks for the info,I'll have the brakes checked right away.

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