I have a 95 Mercury Villager that just recently started making a weird
noise that is higher pitched and seems like it's coming from the wheel
well. It stops making the noise, however, when I break. I would
almost describe the noise as sounding like chains jingling, kind of.
Sorry, it's the best description I could come up with! Does anybody
know what this could be and how serious it is?
Could it also sound like a scraping type sound? Sounds like it could
be your brake squealers could be making that noice.. It's a warning
device built onto your pads to let you know they are getting low and
need replacing soon. Probably time for some new pads.
You have a brake problem. Maybe you have a sticky caliper that is causing
the brakes to drag. Maybe the rotor is bent and it's hitting the pads.
Could be easy and it could be hard, but either way it's something you need
to get fixed immediately. Don't mess around with brakes.
The only thing that's weird is that the noise STOPS when I break.
There is no noise involved when I put on the breaks either. It's only
when the car is going, I don't even have to be accelerating to hear
the noise, just not breaking. I don't think it really sounds like
scraping, it's like no noise i've ever heard before on my car as well
as anyone elses car. Even my boyfriend is baffled! I plan on taking
the van in next tuesday when I have a day off, I was just curious in
knowing what it might be, how much it may cost to fix and if was ok to
drive my van until that time. Also, I wanted to get an idea because I
am taking it in myself without a male with me and don't want to get
ripped off simply cause I'm a female! I feel that when I take my van
in and know a bit about what's going on and have some lingo that i'm
Right. The brake pad is scraping against the rotor slightly and making
the noise. When you brake, the pads are pressed hard against the rotor
and the noise stops. Find out why the scraping is happening; either the
rotor is bent or the caliper is sticking.
Usually when the squealing stops when you apply the brakes it is the
brake squealer letting you know you need brakes. They aren't worn down
yet, but probably will be in 5000-15000 miles depending on the
position of the squealer.
There is more than one thing that can cause a noise related to the braking
which stops when brakes are applied. As others have said, it can be
the "telltale" or "squealer" which signals your brake pads are worn.
The pads themselves can sometimes be loose,and can rattle, stopping
-naturally- when you apply the brakes.
Sometime hub/wheel bearings, worn or poorly adjusted, will make noise
that stops when you apply the brakes (but they dont usually sound like
the noise you are describing).
And last, there can be loose backing plates, brake line hardware, or
even vibrating brake lines which make strange sounds.
To be sure, you or your designated mechanic is going to have to
take a look. Depending upon who does this work for you, and the
nature of the problem, the price can range from cheap to very
expensive. Dont just take your car into a dealership or independent
shop and tell them to "fix me up" (they would love to do just that).
I'm not going to be able to take my car in till next tuesday. Do you
think that driving my car during that time will be ok? I mostly just
drive back and forth to work, about 2 miles in the city but
occasionally go on the highway. Thank you to everyone that has given
me some much needed advice!!
Oh yeah, and one more thing, when you say 'break squealer' it seems
like that would sound like a squealing which I have def. experienced
before and the sound is nothing like that. I listened very closely on
my way home from work today and it really does sound like something is
jingling or dangling that is maybe made of metal and hitting something
else made of metal. However, it's not haphazard or random, it is def.
something mechanical being that it keeps strict time depending on how
fast I am going. I know you guys know a lot more about this than I do
so maybe it still is something to do with my breaks (which I do
believe being that my break light in my car has now began to go on and
off). It is just such a strange noise.
On Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:21:10 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org
I would bet it is just the squealer telling you your pads are worn
out. Don't mess around with it though... if it is the squealer and
you wear the pad enough to get metal to metal a cheap repair gets
expensive real fast! If it isn't the squealer then you have bigger
problems that need to be addressed. Without knowing for sure I
wouldn't drive it anywhere except to a shop for diagnosis.
No, thats backwards. Brake pads hould be silent while braking, not
necessarily while driving. While driving along and not braking, the pads
ride lightly against the rotor and may vibrate slightly as the rotor
turns. There are retaining clips to minimize this, and people use
various brake-quietening adhesives also, but a little vibration when
unloaded is pretty normal for disk brake systems because there is no
return spring to draw the pads fully away from the rotor the way the
return springs in drum brakes draw the shoes away from the drums. When
actually braking, ANY noise means that there is abnormal contact, such
as a pad worn down to the rivets.
I would guess that you have a stone caught between the dust shield and the
rotor. Or maybe just a bent or loose dust shield. If the brakes work well and
there is no noise or vibration when braking it is unlikely to be serious, but
you should have it checked out as soon as possible. If nothing else jack the
wheel up and spin the tire and see where it's coming from.
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I need my brakes worked on, the noise was indeed my squealers, so they
say, even though there is no squealing involved. I need pads in
front, rear rotors and to clean and adjust the rears. The cost for
break work is 620.73 Also, they say I need my 2 front axels replaced.
Their grand total was 1135.41 for all work. I'm going to be taking it
to a 'non-chain' shop to get a second opinion this afternoon.
What do you guys think?
On Thu, 25 Sep 2008 08:38:16 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com
I would definitely get a second opinion.I believe them on the front
brakes and you want to take care of that before tooo long so you don't
need to replace the front rotors. I can't offer any advice on the
back other than get a second opinion.
Axles are one of those things that will go for a long time past the
point where they are officially bad so I would also ask "how bad" they
are... They have a rubber boot that goes up and down as the tire goes
up and down and that boot ages and cracks. Once it cracks the grease
gets out and crap gets in and destroys the joint. Because of the
labor involved to replace the boot and the low price of the axles
themselves it often doesn't make sense to replace just the boot.
I ended up getting a second opinion from an independent auto shop that
was recommended to me by a friend. They said 600.00 tops for all the
work stated above. Besides ripping me off, Meineke was trying to
charge me to replace parts on my car that I don't even have! And to
top this whole experience off, when I picked my car up from Meineke it
was dead. DEAD!! The battery had died sitting overnight in their
lot. Now, never once since 1995 has the battery on my van died. It
seems very strange that the minute I hand it over to someone else it
does that. At any rate, I am taking my van in this wed to get all
fixed up. They had to order some parts. Thanks to everyone who has
tried to help me thru this ordeal, hopefully my van will stay out of
the shop for a little while, at least till I get my new car next
I was googling something else and came across your problem....could be
a stone stuck like one guy said. I had a similar problem once with a
scraping sound that would stop when I braked. It was a stuck brake
caliper. My breaks were fine. Watch out for Meineke, had the same
thing happen to me. Just don't go there period.
Good luck, hope you didn't have to spend to much money. Those bastards
love to prey on girls!