Brakes Making Rubbing Sound

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brakes

#1

All of a sudden, the brakes (rear) are making a rubbing sound. Could it somehow be caused by dust? The car is parked on the street and it’s been VERY dry here lately. When I used the car a few days ago, they sounded fine. Reason to bring it to our mechanic or not? It’s a 1995 Chrysler Concorde.

Thanks!


#2

Double check your parking brake. It may not be fully released. Another option is to go to a deserted area and slam on the brakes a few times. If the rubbing continues…you need to go see a good independent mechanic.


#3

That noise you hear is quite probably the worn out brake grinding against the rotor. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, get it looked at before it ruins your rotor. At this point, there is a good possibility that the rotor can be resurfaced on a machine called a brake lathe. If it goes too far, that will not be a possibility.

It’s your brakes. They are not to be ignored. The life you save may be mine.


#4

I think the rear brakes on this vehicle have drum brakes. Rotors could have been an option though.


#5

Disc brakes were an option. Either way, disc or drum, it sounds like your brakes are simply worn out.


#6

The only one I’m familiar with has disc brakes on the rear. I was not aware that they were optional.


#7

Rust on the brake surfaces can be another cause for this symptom. If it has been raining there recently, and then the car has been sitting a few days afterward, that’s a possibility. If it is that, the noise will gradually go away as you use the car. The more frequent the use, the quicker it will go away.

I expect you know whether the brakes have been serviced on schedule or not. If you are in doubt, get them appraised by someone who knows how.


#8

The OP says it has been VERY dry where they are so the rain theory is probably not valid.


#9

Yes, it’s been very dry here, which I why I’d been hoping that dust might have gotten into the brakes, but I guess that’s unlikely. If it had been that the parking brake somehow failed to release all the way and I drove around a bit with the parking brake partially engaged, have I totally wrecked the brakes?


#10

Nope. But you do need to get them looked at.


#11

Thanks, everyone. I’m off to get them checked today!


#12

No, they’re not totally wrecked. They’re a normal wear item that are probably just due for pad and possibly rotor replacement