I got a 2014 4x4 ecoboost 3.5 v6 f150 with 129k miles on it. I got new pads and rotors two weeks ago. Ever since then whenever I brake slowly I hear a clicking when I hit the brake and when I let off the brake as well(it clicks like a release click, can only hear when the windows are down). It doesnt do it every time but id say 80 percent of the time. The clicking starts, follows the rotation of the wheel(click increases or decreases with speed of tires when braking) then when I hit low enough on the pedal coming closer to a complete stop, it stops totally, before I come to a complete stop. The click is pretty constant, as soon as it starts when i barely press down on the brake, it doesnt stop until the truck comes to a complete stop. Doesnt make a sound when not braking or turning or going over bumps or on dirt roads or anything, ONLY when braking.
Took it back to my friends shop who did my brakes they cleaned everything up and reinstalled everything and checked calipers and rotors/pads and it’s still doing it and they have no idea. The clicking goes with the rotation of the wheel when braking, wasn’t doing it before, any ideas? They are a reputable local shop and not some cut rate hole in the wall.
Here is a video, It sounds like its coming from the front left but sounds are hard to pinpoint when bouncing and echoing off stuff when driving. My friend said it COULD be a wheel bearing going bad but it didnt do this before the brake change, he said when you hit the brakes it causes everything else to heat up and expand and that will make the start of a bad wheel bearing make a loud clicking noise but I havent seen anything else like that on the internet where a bad wheel bearing makes a clicking like mine and only a grinding/wobbling wheel bearing noise, not clicking. They put it up on the jack and there was no play in the wheels but they said that doesnt mean its not the bearing starting to go bad and hasn’t yet?
IT DOES NOT DO IT WHEN I BRAKE HARD. And no change in stopping speed/power. Only when going under 30-40 MPH and then gradual braking like coming to a stopsign/light and driving through residential neighborhoods. At my wits end, sucks because my friend runs a reputable local shop and has worked on all my cars/trucks before, he said wait and see if it gets worse and if so then its the wheel bearing but this noise is driving me nuts and makes the truck undrivable to me. Its VERY loud in person when braking. Any advice or help please? Thank you.
To me it doesn’t sound like a solenoid or IWE click. Doesnt sound like a wheel bearing issue either for all the research I have done it can ONLY be a brake issue since it only happens when I brake, right?