2003 Honda Accord makes noise like leaking balloon when braking

Tiny
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Hi,

I bought a 2003 Honda Accord three months ago with about 190000 miles on it. I have since put at least a couple thousand more miles on it, but it has been driving without any problems until today.

When I pulled out of the parking lot today, I noticed a loud noise coming from the back of my car, to the right. It sounds like a deflating balloon (like when you pull the lip of the balloon closed and it makes that PBBBBT noise) and is very loud. I want to say that it has only started today, but I usually have music on so it's possible that it may have been happening before, just more quietly.

It only happens when the brake is engaged, and then only when it is about 2/3 of the way depressed. It increases in loudness as the brake is further depressed, then fades away as the car comes to a complete stop. When the brake is fully released, the sound happens again, but more quietly and more like a whine, then fades after about 30 seconds to a minute.

Weirdly, the sound doesn't happen when I'm in reverse even when the brakes are engaged.

My brake does seem softer than when I first got the car, but I am still able to slow to a stop within about 100 metres by carefully pumping the brake without causing the sound to start. The function of the car doesn't seem otherwise affected, and I have not noticed any particularly pronounced list in direction when I stop (though I might not have noticed, given the quality of the roads where I work).

This is my first car, so I'm not very experienced with it and don't want to self-diagnose the problem incorrectly. Please help! What could it be?

Thanks!
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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 AT 1:04 AM

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Tiny
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CLICK ON THIS LINK---THEN ENLARGE THE PIC

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Duralast-Gold-Sd-Brake-Pads-Rear/2003-Honda-Accord-LX/_/N-jki46Z8ko2a?itemIdentifier=914804_197394_1610_

EZ TO SEE ON THE LEFT TOP AND LEFT BOTTOM PICS OF THE PADS

NOTICE ON THE RIGHT BOTTOM OF BOTH OF THESE PADS IS A SILVER LOOKING DEVICE ATTACHED TO THE PADS

THERE ARE SEVERAL NAMES PEOPLE CALL THEM....WEAR INDICATORS, SCREECHERS, WEAR TABS, ETC ETC

BASICALLY, IT'S A PIECE OF SPRING STEEL...DESIGNED TO SQUEAL ONCE ENOUGH PAD IS MISSING, AND THEY START DRAGGING THE ROTOR....SORTA AN EARLY WARNING DEVICE....IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO IT!

WHEN YOUR PADS WEAR DOWN CLOSE, THESE THINGS DRAG ON THE ROTOR AND SCREAM, "CHANGE ME!--CHANGE ME!"

BEFORE THEY STARTED INSTALLING THESE, WAY BACK YONDER, THE WARNING YOU GOT WAS THE METAL PAD BACKING GRINDING INTO THE ROTOR, IN TURN BIG OLE GOUGES GOT INTO THE ROTOR AND I EITHER LOTS OF MACHINING WAS NEEDED TO CLEAN THEM UP, OR THEY WERE RUINED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED.

RIGHT NOW--REAL SOON ----YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE THE PADS, THIS IS DONE IN SETS ON AN AXLE...DRIVERS AND PASSENGER SIDE. MIGHT LOOK AT THE FRONT ONES TOO!

IF YOU DRAG-BUTT, THE PAD WILL WEAR ON DOWN, AND METAL ON METAL WILL OCCUR AND COST YOU EVEN MORE $$$

NEED ANY MORE INFO?

HERE TO HELP

THE MEDIC
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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 AT 1:30 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your reply! My only problem is that the sound is not so much a screech as it is the sound of air whooshing really loudly. At first I thought it was the tires, as it sounds exactly like air escaping something rubbery, but my tires are fine. I can also hear faint hissing sometimes as it dies away.

Is that normal for wear tabs/screechers?

Thanks again for your reply!
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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 AT 2:08 AM
Tiny
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OK LETS RULE STUFF OUT....YOU SAY IT HAPPENS WHEN BRAKING

GONNA HAVE TO ACTUALLY DO THIS STUFF--OR GET SOMEONE ELSE TO....GUESSING AIN'T GONNA CUT IT!

THIS IS SHORT AND SIMPLE TO GET FAMILIAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRz7BDaSONM&feature=related

NOW I'M GONNA HIT YOU WITH MORE INVOLVED (REALLY LOOK AT THICKNESS)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=Dqfug-UMlrQ

IF NOTHING ELSE, AUTOZONE OR ADVANCE AUTO EMPLOYEES CAN CHECK THIS FOR YOU, USUALLY THEY ARE VERY HELPFUL

YOUR TURN

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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 AT 2:45 AM
Tiny
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It turns out it was the brakes after all! It was just such a horrible sound I thought it might be something else. Thanks so much for the helpful replies! The videos helped a lot.
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Sunday, February 5th, 2012 AT 3:47 AM
Tiny
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THAT'S GREAT!

WELL, GREAT THERE WAS NO H.ELL DAMAGE!

SORRY YOU NEED TO GET A BRAKE JOB

YOU GOT A TRUST-ABLE, REASONABLE SOURCE TO DO YOUR WORK?

DIY PROBABLY LESS THAN THAN $70 USING THE PADS IN MY LINK ABOVE, IF YOU HAD TO HAVE THE ROTORS MACHINED.

IF THE ROTORS WERE FINE--JUST PRICE OF THE PADS

I'M NOT A SHOP---I DIY MY OWN TWO JEEPS/ WIFE'S/ FAMILY/ AND FRIENDS VEHICLE REPAIRS OUT OF NECESSITY, SO I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY CHARGE, IF ONLY YOUR REAR BRAKES NEED ATTENTION. FORTUNATELY THE ONLY THING THAT HAS BEEN TO A SHOP IS THE WIFEY'S FORD ESCAPE FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REBUILD (TOO COMPLICATED FOR ME!). THAT WAS LAST YEAR....1987 WAS THE LAST TIME ANYTHING OF MINE WENT INTO A SHOP...I WAS DEPLOYED, X-EVIL WIFEY TOOK IT IN.

I DO KNOW THAT IF I WERE "STUCK"--I COULD PRODUCE TWO OR THREE COMPETENT RESOURCES, WHERE IF I PURCHASED THE PARTS, THEY WOULD INSTALL THE PADS FOR $50 OR LESS.....ESPECIALLY IF I HELPED, AT LEAST WITH THE TIRE REMOVAL/ INSTALLATION, AND PRODUCED A SOFT DRINK OR TWO, AS IT PROGRESSED!

IN CASE YOU CANNOT TELL--I PROMOTE DIY! HERE'S SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2007-ford-taurus-tune-up

THE MEDIC

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012 AT 5:07 AM

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