Noise In The Front of My Car When Braking

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I have a question regarding noises coming from my car when braking.

I am a relatively new driver and I recently had a new power steering rack put into my car. Since then, I have noticed a clunking sound on the front left hand side of the car when I brake.

It doesn’t happen all the time, mostly when I have to brake suddenly or when I am braking & turning or going in/out of driveways and over speed bumps.

I am not too sure what it could be and have had a mechanic look at it but he said that all seems fine and it could just be my brake calipers? Should i seek a second opinion or is this a common thing??



Hi Cheyenne

I think I would get a second opinion, or at least get another mechanic to take a test drive with you and hear the noise you are considered with. If you were at my shop I would at least remove the TWO front wheels and recheck the brakes and the rack installation.

The brake caliper could be loose or the anti rattle clips on the brake pads could have broken or come loose causing the brake pads to move and make noise.

I don’t think you have a safety issue (at least not from what you mentioned in your email) but I would be concerned about a possible premature brake pad wear problem if left unattended.


Austin Davis

Posted in: Brakes

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