`95 Legacy L & rear brake grinding

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by Bradley Walker, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Hello all,

    My mom made mention yesterday of noticing a weird grinding noise and feeling
    coming from the right rear wheel area of the vehicle when she pressed on the
    brake. She first noticed this when driving on the interstate where it only
    did it once while getting off at an exit ramp. It didn't make any more
    noises until today when it appearantly began happening or at least became
    more noticeable more often. When she got home this evening I took the car
    for a half mile drive pressing on the brake to slowdown in the road and
    drove into a parking lot where I pressed on the brakes somewhat hard to get
    a reaction. I heard and felt a VERY noticeable grinding sound and feeling
    coming from the right wheel area.

    My intial thought was something is wrong with the brake pad or rotor. After
    getting out and inspecting the rotor I didn't notice any cracks or any newly
    formed grooves in the rotor indicating something might have gotten lodged
    between the pad and rotor. Or is all of this a sign of something different?

    Bradley Walker, Jan 11, 2006
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  2. If a caliper is stuck on the slides, the outer pad that's easy to see
    can look good but the inner one can be on metal. Get them inspected
    properly and proceed from there.

    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Jan 11, 2006
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  3. Bradley Walker

    johninKY Guest

    Wheel bearing?
    johninKY, Jan 12, 2006
  4. The service department at the dealership said that there are virtually no
    rear brakes on my mom's Subaru (she just got done driving it home from a
    1400 mile round trip). The caliper on the right rear is
    frozen/locked/rusted in place and not even functioning where as the left
    rear has some mild functionality. However the brake pads themselves are
    totally gone on both, with both the rotors having been worn down to the
    point that the dealership was afraid they'd break off. Total replacement
    cost, ~$800.
    Bradley Walker, Jan 13, 2006
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