I bought this car used with 16,000 miles about 4 months ago
as a cheap drive to work, that could comfortably carry the
family places if the minivan were in the shop. So far I'm
happy with it except for the brakes.
The rear brakes squeal fairly loudly at the end of braking.
I had them checked out at a shop I trust not to find problems
that don't exist, and they told me the brakes were in like
new condition. I guess I'll just have to live with thesqueal.
Now, the front brakes are making a noise I've never heard
from brakes before from any other car. It's tough to hear
unless it's quiet (no radio, no air, no radio, etc...)
It's not metal/metal, and I checked the pads to confirm
they're like new. It's not a squeal, either. It sounds
almost like friction on rubber, like the sound when someone
rubs a balloon. It's not a steady sound, but pulses, and
slows down as the car slows down.
I can't really describe it accurately here, but it's sort
of "scritch scritch scritch" that slows down and drops in
tone as the car slows, stops when I come to a full stop.
I had the local shop check the brakes, they again found they
were in like new condition, couldn't find any problems.
(They also had trouble hearing it, but it was noisy there,
and I had trouble hearing it, too.)
Any ideas? Is this common? Might it be covered under warranty?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.