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2004 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan Auto

2004 Kia Optima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sedan, Compact
22 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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November 8, 2012, 7:22 am

Sarah A
 

Question: noise i hear when i press on brakes.

i have taken my car into shop for this noise that i hear when i press on brakes when stopping and no codes were found and i still have 43% on my brakes, what else could that noise be if not the brakes? please help.


November 20, 2012, 5:02 pm

Elizabeth K
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If you hear a squealing or grinding noise when you step on the brakes and not at any other time, it is probably a brake noise. It's pretty common for brake pads or shoes to make noise, even when they're not worn out. If a shop has inspected them and can't find anything wrong, then that is likely the problem.

The brake shoes sometimes just need the drums removed and cleaned of dust, but if the noise is coming from the front, then it's likely the pads. Often times the pad material itself is making the noise and can be replaced with a more expensive, quieter material. If knowing the noise is not actually a problem is good enough, then leave it alone. If the noise itself bothers you, ask your mechanic about switching to a ceramic pad material. They're pricey, but usually solve noise issues.


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