Mechanics

GRINDING BRAKES

2003 Hyundai Accent

Brakes problem
2003 Hyundai Accent 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 70,000 miles

Recently, my underground parking garage became flooded. I noticed after driving through it that my brakes began to squal. Shortly after that they began to have an awful grinding noise. I have three questions. Is this related to driving through the water? What needs to be fixed and how much will it cost? Thanks.
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Corpicon
June 21, 2008.



Hi corpicon,

If the grinding noise only happens when applying the brakes, rust could have formed on the rotor surface due to the water. Run the car around and apply the brakes lightly intermittently and the noise should go away. Check the brake pads first, maybe they are about to wear out.

If the noise happens with the engine on without driving, one of the pulley bearings could be worn due to water getting to them.

If the noise only happens while driving, water might have got into the wheel bearings and damaging them.

Sorry I am unable to provide any costing.

KHLow2008
Jun 22, 2008.