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Bad grinding sound when braking

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by nitto, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:31 PM
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    nitto

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    Outside of knowing how to change oil and air filter, I don't know much of anything else about fixing cars. I have a 2003 Tacoma with about 115,000 mi and I'm starting to have this unusual grinding sound that I've never heard before during the end of my braking (and kind of feels like the brakes are slipping). Anyone know what this problem is? I've never had my rotors turned or replace so could it be about time?
     
  2. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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    Take a look at your brake pads, u might need new brake pads
     
  3. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:41 PM
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    If I remember correctly from the past few brake changes, wouldn't it be making a high pitch hissing sound while driving?
     
  4. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:46 PM
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    sometimes it will. but its not uncommon to have it only when you brake
     
  5. Apr 12, 2009 at 11:55 PM
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    Alright, I'll give it a check then. Thanks.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2009 at 4:04 AM
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    I can't remember exactly how the tacoma is setup, but disc brakes have a 'wear indicator'- that's what causes the squeek/hissing sound. It's usually a metal piece that actually rubs againest the rotors causing the sqeek/hiss.

    If that wear indicator is broken or missing - it won't make any noises.

    Nitto - you'll also want to check the condition of your rotors. They might need to be 'turned'.
     
  7. Apr 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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    From the sounds of it you have worn the metal piece out that makes the high pitched noise when your brakes need to be replaced so now they are making that grinding sound because your pads are past worn out. So I would change them and have you rotors turned.

    I did this to my truck a few years back but I didn't turn my rotors and it ate the new set up pads up pretty quick plus it doesn't stop as smoothly.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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