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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-05-03, 09:22 PM
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confused Brake "Groan"

Hello! I have a 2003 Ford Escape, three weeks old, 600 miles.
When I drive, for the first 5 to 10 minutes, when I apply the brakes, they make a "groan" sound. This noise is more noticeable if I make an abrupt stop. It is the same sound that a car makes when you let it creep forward with your foot slightly on the brakes.
After 5 to 10 minutes of driving and applying the brakes they are quiet.

I need an unbiased opinion since the dealer tells me this noise is normal.

Is it?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-07-03, 06:20 AM
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Location: Brisbane
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First of all, take it to a reputable Ford servicing dealer - yes they aren't all reputable. I'd get 3 different dealer's ideas first without suggesting anything to them - let them work it out!!

If you have no more luck, ask them to machine the discs for you - it is the pads vibrating against the discs slightly - if the machining doesn't fix the problem, swap over to different pad material. Apparently Bendix make a "4WD" brake pad.
Have a look at and also for an idea of pricing.


I want to die like my Grandfather did .... in his sleep. Not like the other passengers in his car at the time who were yelling and screaming....
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