1999 Ranger, about this time of the year, usually when very wet outside, When I apply the brakes, I get the most horrendous grinding noise from the front passenger side wheel. It literally sounds like rivets scraping directly on the brake disk.
It will soon go away. When I first heard it, a few years ago, I went into a panic and had the brakes checked. They were fine! The next year it happened again, and this time the brakes were replaced.
Once again, the grinding is back. It does not happen throughout the year, only late January. The truck garages and is not used much as I life 10 miles from work. It has 130K miles. There is no problem with actual braking and it does not pull to the right or left. "Check Engine Light" is not on.
Even people on the sidewalk are startled at the noise.