Hi! I posted this question a few months ago and didn’t turn up an answer, had the car in the shop for various things, including the issue mentioned here, then was out of town and away from car for over a month, etc etc. The long and the short is that I still have the following question:
2004 Honda CRV just over 100k miles.
Brakes are now about 8 months old (less than 1k miles/month). Tires are also about that old.
Other new stuff (done by dealer about 4 months ago) includes: ball joints, wheel bearings, control arm.
I had to take it to a mechanic (not a Honda-only mechanic) to get a safety inspection in order to register it in the new place I’m living and he said “Everything looks new!” I had asked him to look specially at the brakes due to the noise described below. He said they seemed fine.
The issue I’ve been having is as follows: when the car is hot, i.e. after driving 100+ miles , and when traveling at very low speeds, the brakes make a sort of groaning sound. I recently made a 400-mile 1-day trip; no noise when exiting, pulling up to the gas pump, etc. But as soon as I got into the city where I was going, and did a lot of stopping and starting, I would get a noticeable groan coming to lights, stop signs, etc. No noticeable change in brake function. When I just get in the car to make a quick trip after it’s been sitting for a day, or a few hours, I do not get this noise.
So, honestly, I’m not worried about safety, just very puzzled. The noise is definitely a recent occurrence–starting about 5 months ago. I would love to have it fixed, but would prefer to be able to direct a mechanic’s attention to something specific rather than giving carte blanche to take apart the front end again!