My car makes a scrubbing sound whenever I brake?

Tiny
JONES11265
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  • 2006 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 78,000 MILES
My car makes a scrubbing sound when ever I turn the wheel or when I brake?
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 4:12 PM

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Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Hello

Is this sound a metal on metal grind or more of a plastic scraping plastic sound? Does it occur everytime brake pedal is depressed, and if so, do you feel any vibrations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when this occurs?

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Friday, February 12th, 2021 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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No it's sound more like plastic scrubbing the tires! And yes I checked that to see if that was the problem. Or maybe metal grinding against metal, im not sure but it seems if I go in a completly straight line it is quiet yes it does occur everytime I brake or when I turn the wheel even if I turn the wheel slightly it still does it. No I dont feel any vibration in steering wheel or brake pedal either.
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Friday, February 12th, 2021 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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Okay thanks for that information. You need to inspect each wheel well. I would suspect one or more of your tires is rubbing against the inner wheel well (plastic covering). It does this when you brake due to the weight being distributed to front of vehicle putting pressure on the wheel area and it does it when turning because the tire is being pushed into the wheel well slightly. Check this out and get back to me.

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Friday, February 12th, 2021 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info I was the front brake pads all set!
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Friday, February 12th, 2021 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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Good afternoon,

Noise when cold could be from the material itself with the pads. It all depends on the type of brake pads were used and if the rotor surface is correct. When you replace pads, the rotors should be either resurfaced or replaced. For the cost, I suggest replacing with new.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-brake-pads-and-rotors-fwd

Roy

REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION OF BRAKE PAD

Removal
- If shims are rusted or show peeling of the rubber coat, replace them with new shims.
- Whenever the brake pads are replaced, the inner shim, the outer shim and the shim cover have to be replaced as a set.

1. Remove master cylinder reservoir cap.

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2. Remove pin bolt, using power tool.

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3. Suspend the cylinder body with wire. Then remove pads with retainers, inner and outer shims and pad return springs.

Installation
1. Apply Molykote AS880N grease between pad plate and shim, shim and shim cover, and shim cover and piston.
2. Attach the inner shim and shim cover to the inner pad and attach the outer shim to the outer pad.

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3. Apply grease to the contact surface of pad retainer with the pads, then attach the pad retainer and pads to the torque member. Make sure the upper pad retainer end is inserted through the loop on the audible wear indicator as shown.

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4. Install the cylinder body to the torque member.
5. Insert a main pin bolt (on the lower side) and tighten it to specification. Refer to BR-21, "Component".
6. Inspect fluid level, then install master cylinder reservoir cap.
7. Check the brakes for drag.

CAUTION: Burnish the brake contact surfaces after refinishing or replacing brake rotors, after replacing pads, or if a soft pedal occurs at very low mileage.
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Friday, March 19th, 2021 AT 12:48 PM

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