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Old 10-29-2010, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a 2003 Pilot with 149K on it. I have had a metal to metal grinding noise for the past few months and thought it was just brake noise. Its most noticable right when you let your foot off the brake and just let the car start to roll. It just sounds like the brakes dragging. I can;t say whether its coming from the front or back. Anyway long story short I had a local shop look at it and they said they found the noise and it needed brakes all the way around. Pads were groved and lipped over the rotors...... So I said do it.

Well the noise is still there. With the new pads and rotors I hear them rubbing when I press the brake and I know that noise will go away once the pads seat in good but the other noise is driving me crazy. I dont know if the emergency brake is draging or I'm hearing a wheel bearing or CV axle. I plan to take it back to him to check it out again but just wondered if anyone had experieced this. I know from my past experiece a wheel bearing makes more of a roaring noise and typically at higher speeds. The car drives fine and does pop or creek when turning. Just the grinding noise at very low speed 0-10mph just rolling. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Had a sneaky suspision that the tires may be causing my noise. So when I got home from work I over inflated the tires to get them off of the sides. The tires are almost ready to be replaced and show some weathering. Anyway after putting way to much air in them the noise was cut by at least 3/4. I let the air back out and the noise was back to the original level.

May seem strange (I thought so) but it makes sense. They squeak like crazy when you are outside next to the car while it rolls. I guess that noise transfers into the car and sounds like metal grinding. The noise from the tires while standing outside the car was quieter also.

Anyway, hope this helps someone else.
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I am having the same problem with my 2007 Pilot. I just replaced all 4 brakes and rotors because of the griunding noise along with some warped rotors and the 1-8mph grind is still there. I was thinking that the noise might go away after the brakes seat themselves. I guess Ill just wait and see!! Hopes it is not the wheel bearings!!!
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I think I have the same problem as yours. Mine is also 2003 Pilot EXL. I don't have many miles on it, around 53K. Rear brakes and rotors were replaced not too long ago.

The noise goes away when I step on the brakes, or turning. It is also not there in the first few miles starting out. Sometimes I can drive for a while without the noise. It is annoying. I'd also want to make sure that it is not something critical.

Have you found a solution? I will try your tire pressure experiment.
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Dyhu76, your pads are glazed. When you hit the brakes, hit them harder. Best if you can get some speed up and hit them hard (no one behind you please).
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Rocky is correct, new brake pads and rotors need to be bed-in first.

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Just an update to my noise posted above. I had new tires put on and noise is gone. My suspisions were correct.
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What kind of tires were the old ones that were replaced? What brand are your new ones? Just curious....
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