Re: '87 Tbird unknown noise
I have a suspicion the noise may not be related to the new brake pads. I
suggest having whoever did the brakes look around just in case but that
sounds more like a bad bushing. My '84 Bird made some weird noises when the
rubber bushing tailpipe hangers broke.
Also, the parking brake cable under the car will sometimes hang in such a
way as to bang the underside on certain bumps. I finally put a spring on
the cable and pulled it to the side a bit. I stopped two odd noises that
Enjoy your Bird, I miss mine. I hope this is helpful.
"David N Emmet" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Well, with new pads on warped rotors, I would think after heavy brakeing
> kiniifler pin on the upper pad retaining ring bushing sensor let go, hence
> the thrown rock sound.
> Have you car checked by a professional ASAP!
> > Hi guys!
>> I've gotten some great advice here in the past and I'm hoping I can get
>> some more now.
>> My '87 Tbird (a.k.a. "Baby") just had front brake pads put on a week
>> ago. I was told the rotors will need replaced by next Spring and the
>> right one is warped. No problem.
>> I now get a vibration when applying the brakes; this is expected and
>> smooths out if I release and apply the brakes again. Yesterday on my
>> way home from the store, I had to brake hard for a red light.
>> About two miles later, I made a slow left turn onto another street. I
>> heard a noise under the car and thought I'd run over a rock with a tire
>> and the rock had popped out from under the tire.
>> But then, in the mile from there to home, whenever I hit a rough spot
>> on the road (and the whole road is rough!), it sounded as though
>> something was wrong. This car has almost 192,000 miles on her and has
>> some rattles and squeaks as should be expected. But this noise was
>> It still handles the same. It still rides the same. It still 'feels'
>> the same. My friend and I looked underneath and could see nothing
>> obviously broken. We bounced it up and down at each corner and rocked
>> it from side to side. No unusual noise.
>> This morning I went out and got the Sunday papers and it sounded fine
>> on the new, and smooth road through town. On the other, older and
>> rougher road, it sounds as tho something is 'broke'. When I got home,
>> my friend check the tie-rods (?), and found no play in them. He
>> grabbed the top of each front tire and shook it back and forth and
>> noticed nothing different than before.
>> I know it is impossible to diagnose a problem like this without
>> actually seeing/driving the car, but does anybody have any ideas of
>> what this might be? As a woman who knows a little about cars and how
>> they work, I hate it when a mechanic says something to the effect,
>> "Well Baby, your framahammer has come discombobulated from the
>> doomajigger and it's gonna cost you $XXX.xx to get it fixed!"
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated!