Why is there a rubbing sound when I hit my brakes?

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Asked by Apr 21, 2015 at 09:13 AM about the 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I changed the brakes, rotors (except the front drivers side), and wheel hub assembly (front drivers side). About a week after I changed the brakes and rotors I noticed a rubbing noise coming from the front drivers side when I come to a stop. It only happens when I barely press the brakes. If I press them firmly it doesn't happen. I also heard like a "clinking" (metal on metal tapping) noise coming from the front drivers side. I have been told that it can be a warped rotor. I have also been told that it can be my passenger side brake caliper. Someone please help!!!

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The rubbing noise sounds normal, when you have new brakes there will be some noise because they are so new. whoever changed your brakes should have noticed your calipers. I would check into that for sure.

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This is not something that would normally happen. If it is i would of heard it last time i got them changed.

36,625

From reading your description, it sounds like you put in all new rotors and pads in EXCEPT for the drivers side? If this is the case, you will have to put new pads on the drivers side as well. If all the others have been replaced, the distance they have to travel is very minimal compared to the more worn out drivers side. The other 3 calipers are making contact before the drivers side. The slides on the drivers side will not have the resistance like the other 3. Probably causing it to drag.

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I changed all brake pads. Just not the front drivers rotor.

36,625

For the extra $30, I would replace the drivers side rotor and recheck my slides on the drivers side. If it was a warped rotor, you should feel a constant thumping when the brake is applied.

7,175

Also check for bent backing plates rubbing against the rotor.

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