Brake Noise When Backing Up

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Testing Your Brake Knowledge

Author: Jeff Bruno

The majority have a tendency to fix his or her brakes for numerous factors.  Such as,  strange sounds or an unusual noise during braking,  feeling an odd and distinct sensation while pushing on the pedal,  and some various other telltale signs of problems.  Its nevertheless,  a better concept to be proactive about brake servicing,  and by following a few timelines for maintenance,  it is possible to better assure your safety,  the protection of your passengers,  and the safety of your fellow motorists.

Precisely how frequently are you looking to check this safety system that is accountable for stopping?  Ideas fluctuate,  but the bottom line is the fact that you need to choose a preventative servicing timeline/schedule for your vehicle and sick to it.  Waiting to have the system checked out until you realize something is wrong is certainly not preventative,  and for that matter,  it’s not very smart.
Oil changes are somewhat of a standard occurrence for owners,  and even though you don’t to have the check carried out in unison with each and every oil change,  relating assessments to your regular oil changes will let you make sure to conduct the preventative maintenance on this necessary safety element in your or truck.  It is indicated for you to have your brakes looked at every calendar year or once every 15 thousand miles,  and for the common driver who uses the guidelines from the typical manufacturer’s ownership manual that is around 3 oil changes to one brake inspection,  so getting the system checked out every other time when you have your oil change would be a good schedule.

Another way to assure that you are taking the best care of this,  your ‘s most critical safety element,  would be to have regular tune ups and ask them to include a examine of the system.  Once again,  not many people have typical tune ups owners tend to be more apt to wait until they think something is wrong with the vehicle before they begin to look for repair options.  Did you know;  however,  that even with the price of regular tune ups,  which should include brakes,  that you stand to save cash in the long run?  If you are pro-active and preventative regarding your vehicle’s servicing,  small tweaks and fixes can keep the big buck repairs at bay.

Additional maintenances that can overlap with examining this system are things such as getting new tires,  rotating tires,  or lube jobs,  but even if you have to correlate the maintenance with non-vehicle related happenings such as your birthday,  Christmas,  or the kick-off to football season  you will be doing yourself a great favor by choosing and sticking to a schedule.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    HELP please??? 02 Civic..rattling/squeeking that stops when I brake..and whining noise when backing up?
    1st issue…

    When I back up out of the drive way/parking spot, it makes a whining noise. It stops once I move forward.

    2nd issue … I am hearing a rattling, sometimes squeaking noise towards the right side that stops when you hit the brakes or even slightly tap the breaks. I can tell by the rhythm of the noise it sounds like it is in a wheel. This comes and goes, some days it doesn’t do it at all.. or does it then stops half way through my trip.

    Also the engine/motor just sounds “worn out’ or something.. sounds like its lower/deeper than it use to.. and almost growling.. just doesn’t sound healthy..if that makes sense :-/ I just had an oil change in early September.

    Obviously I am taking it in to be looked at, but wanted to see if anyone might have a guess as to what it is?

    It’s a Honda Civic ex 2002.. only about 65,000 miles.

    • ANSWER:
      the noise when backing up and the noise on the right side that goes away when you brake are caused by the same thing–your front brake pads are worn out. the front brake pads have a metal ‘tang’ on the inside brake pedal that normally doesn’t contact the brake disc rotor. when the brake material wears down to the point where the brake pads need to be replaced that tang scrapes against the rotor to make the noise that lets you know its time to replace the brake pads. The noise almost always starts to occur backing up. As the pads wear more, you’ll hear it at low speeds with the brakes not applied. the reason the noise goes away when you brake is that the application of the brakes presses the brake pads against the rotors and that dampens the noise of the metal tang; the noise is still there but its deadened.

      the price of the brake pads at a honda dealer are about for the parts plus the labor to install them. If you chose not to go to a Honda dealer, be sure to have the honda brake pads installed by whoever replaces the brakes. The non-honda pads are usually semi-metallic and are very noisy and can lead to premature rotor wear. So go with the pads that were engineered for the and you’ll be happy with the result.

      as for the deeper sound of the engine, it could be anything from a worn or loose drive belt to a power steering pump that is low on fluid to any number of other things. Its really tough to offer a credible explanation without hearing the noise and knowing under what circumstances it occurs. Be sure to demonstrate the noise to whomever you take the to so that they can experience it and hear it.

      hope that helps

    2007 Mitsu. Galant backing up/brake noise problem?
    I have a 2007 Mitsu. Galant. When I back up from a parking spot (while my foot is slightly on the brake) I hear an annoying high pitched sound. It only happens after the has been resting a while & only when I back up. I called the Mitsubishi dealer and they told me the brakes were engineered a weird way and that the sound was normal. My question is, “Is this true?” & “If not, what can I do to fix my problem?”

    • ANSWER:
      No is made to make noise. That is illogical. There is something wrong. take it to a shop and have them lube that calipers and put stop squeal on the pads. If that don’t work, I would thing about having top of the line parts put on.

    why 98 seabring brakes makes noise when backing up?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably need new brakes or rotors

    Why does my make a weird, annoying sound when I am backing up?
    When I park my it makes this noise that I cant explain, sounds like a screaching, loud, annoying sound, what can that be? I dont hear it all when I am driving, only when I am backing my up. When I press on the brakes while backing up the noise stops, once I let go it starts up again, does anybody have any idea? Anything I should look for, suggest I should do, any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Brake pads wear in when driving forward , however you go into reverse in some cases the pads align differently in the caliper and as pads are not spring loaded rub loosely on the disc this can cause screaching the same is true with brake shoes ,they have a leading and trailing edge which can act completely different when the drum rotates backwards. Try replacing brakes with a good quality material and bed them in slowly not erraticly

    1997 camry. There is a rear brake squeal when I first start the and back up.?
    After the is driven for awhile and i apply the brakes while backing up there is no noise. Other than that the brakes work fine. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      its common..have someone look but many even most sound differnt backing…really!
      i got 500 dollars in new pads rotors and 2 new calipers…putting any pressure on brake while backing and it grunts like a pig and sometimes even screachs a bit..

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