Noise and smell from brake pads

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Zeppo, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    I had my front brakes done on my 2005 Santa Fe 3.5L last month at my local
    mechanic. Since then the brakes have been making a grinding noise at low
    speed (like backing down my steep driveway), and I notice a bad odor from
    the front of the car after driving.

    The brakes stop the car just fine, and the rotors look OK. Could it be the
    pad composition is not right for my car?

    I know if I ask, my mechanic will change out the pads. What type of pads
    should be used on my Santy?

    Zeppo, Feb 25, 2008
  2. Zeppo

    Mike Marlow Guest

    I have switched to ceramic pads exclusively for all of my vehicles. Less
    rotor distortion due to heat, less filth on the wheels, longer life, and
    only a modest increase in price.
    Mike Marlow, Feb 25, 2008
  3. Zeppo

    D&SW Guest

    Sounds like you have a pad dragging to me.
    D&SW, Feb 26, 2008
  4. I don't think it is a pad issue. Could be a caliper sticking. Get it
    checked out before more damage is done.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Feb 26, 2008
  5. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    I dropped it off at my mechanic in the afternoon. He said the pads were
    working OK but agreed they were causing the noise and smell. He change out
    the pads for a different brand.

    The seemed OK on the way home but its only a few blocks. The next few days
    will tell.

    Zeppo, Feb 26, 2008
  6. Zeppo

    Zeppo Guest

    Changing the pads seems to have corrected the problem. They work fine now.
    No noise at all.

    Zeppo, Feb 28, 2008
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