Mechanics

LEFT FRONT BRAKE ISSUES

1997 Toyota Camry • 110,000 miles

About two weeks ago, my buddy put new brake pads on the front of my 1997 Toyota Camry. Everything was running smoothly until I pulled out of my driveway yesterday and started noticing a profound grinding noise coming from only the left front tire-- the right is still fine. What I find strange is that it does not make this grinding noise all of the time; it does not grind when I am at low speeds, accelerating, or braking. The grinding occurs mostly when I am coasting, and is at its worst when I am turning right. Braking is not an issue, the car still has no problem coming to a stop and does not pull to one side or the other. I have not driven since the problem was discovered. I am not what you would call car-savvy, and while I could pop the tire off and try to do it myself, I have a fear that I will not be able to put it back on once I do so, but if I go into a shop to get it checked, I don't want to get overcharged and look like an idiot.

I have a feeling it has something to do with faulty installation, but I am not entirely sure.

Thanks for your help.
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Djrerko
August 19, 2013.



It sounds like a caliper bolt has come out and the caliper is rubbing the wheel. Safely jack the car up and remove the tire (just like you were changing a tire). Check if you can see any marks where something has rubbed. Check the inside of the wheel, the rotor, make sure the caliper is tight.

Let me know if you have other questions.