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Old 07-07-2004, 03:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed at speeds of 5-10 mph, I hear a sound best described as metal to metal grinding noise coming from the rear. used My car is lowered but has been running fine for quite some time now until now. I'm guessing it's my disc brakes or something related to that effect. Any suggestions before I go and take it to my mechanic?
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Old 07-07-2004, 04:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be suspension bushes........

...or a stuck handbrake....
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Your caliper could be seized, or possibly a wheel bearing is worn out. It's difficult to say without actually hearing the noise.

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Handbrake shoe things are messed up.
Put the car in neutral on an incline with the front of the car facing up the hill. Roll backwards a foot or two (just enough to get the slightest bit of momentum) and pull the handbrake. Now drive off as usual. This fixes it on my car. You dont even need an incline, just open your door and push your car backwards with your left foot and hit the handbrake.

Whenever I use my handbrake while moving forward, my rear handbrake shoes or whatever is involved in that mechanism back there will make this nasty metal grinding noise at any speed. (can't *hear* it at higher speeds because of engine\tire\road noise, but you can hear it if you drive past a parked car or some really close big object that reflects sound well)
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Handbrake shoe things are messed up.
Put the car in neutral on an incline with the front of the car facing up the hill. Roll backwards a foot or two (just enough to get the slightest bit of momentum) and pull the handbrake. Now drive off as usual. This fixes it on my car. You dont even need an incline, just open your door and push your car backwards with your left foot and hit the handbrake.

Whenever I use my handbrake while moving forward, my rear handbrake shoes or whatever is involved in that mechanism back there will make this nasty metal grinding noise at any speed. (can't *hear* it at higher speeds because of engine\tire\road noise, but you can hear it if you drive past a parked car or some really close big object that reflects sound well)
will try it now. thanks guys! I'll post my outcome.
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This happened to me in my old car when I wore my pads down to nothing and was literally cutting grooves in my rotors....I know...that sucks...but it was a VW so who cares B)
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This happened to me in my old car when I wore my pads down to nothing and was literally cutting grooves in my rotors....I know...that sucks...but it was a VW so who cares B)
Oh yah, That will definately do it too...
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^^^ :lol: I bet it looked pretty at night when the sparks were flying!!!
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Old 07-08-2004, 04:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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This happened to me in my old car when I wore my pads down to nothing and was literally cutting grooves in my rotors....I know...that sucks...but it was a VW so who cares B)
man i think your right! it seems i have worn my pads down. gonna take it to my mech tomorrow.
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Just a little insight to save you a little money....brake pads are the easiest thing to change on a BMW. I did mine last night and it took me an hour for all four and cost me about $40 in parts. Just my .02. I used www.pelicanparts.com for the DIY.
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could you post a step by step DIY process. Thanks!
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I have the same sound coming from my car only when in reverse... I don't notice it when going forward.. but when I had my brakes changed 2 months back, they said my read pads had over 90 left... but back then I had an auto and now I have a manual...weird I must be from Holland
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I had the same problem with my car but happened only when I turned right very slightly at between 10 and 45 mph. - It drove me crazy trying to figure out what it was. Apparently my parking brake pads in the rear were completely worn out. I didn't even realize before that the parking brake pads are different than the standard brake pads (they are located behind your disc and unlike your brake pads you can't see them unless you take the disc off.)
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My 95 M3 made a similar sound when cornering at low speed, the fix was to add GM differential additive. No joke, found the fix in Tech Talk Roundel Mag. worked for me.
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