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Old 09-19-2009
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Creaking noise when braking... Help!

Hey ya'll,

Just got a new-to-me Ranger. 2004 4.0 Edge 4WD with only 20k miles on it. Love it already (except for the gas mileage, which it seems is a sensitive subject around here).

Anyways, today I noticed a noise that seems to be coming from under the driver's side when I brake. Can't tell if it's from the front or rear. It only happens when I brake with a certain amount of pressure. I would describe the noise as a rythmic creaking/grinding.

Could it be the pads, rotors, or calipers that are causing this? I really don't know where to begin, as I am not the world's greatest mechanic. Any help would be great. Thanks guys.
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I'd pull the wheels off and check the pads...
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agreed see if there is anything missing a bolt or if they are just worn maybe warped rotors, can you "feel" it in the pedal or the seat?
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If it is a caliper bolt you will know it will be a loud thumping sound prior to it falling off I know from experience

I say your pads are going
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lol yea i know ive been there too and it gets to the point where you feel like the whole wheel is going to fall off and it pulls insanely hard to that side, yep ive been there lol
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Yeh i agree check the pads !
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