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Noise From Newly Installed Pads and Rotors

I will post this in 2 spots as I am not sure which forum will get more traffic.

I just installed new front pads and rotors on my 2002 Ranger. I have done this many times before on this and other vehicles of mine, so I feel as if it was done correctly.

The issue is when the brakes are applied, they make a noise, like scraping, not high pitched, just like a noise. Hard to describe. I have never heard this before. They are semi-metallic pads. I sprayed brake cleaner on the rotors before installing to get any grease or protectant off. Could they just be breaking in? Don't want to ruin anything.

I get the noise and I am not sure what to do and it makes me slightly nervous. Also, I think one pad may be hanging up a little as I get a scraping/clicking noise. Is that possible? Is it possible that I tightened the screws for the caliper too tight? Not sure what to do, please help.
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Check to make sure you did not get one of the pads backwards (with the metal side against the rotor). I have done many brake jobs over the years also but one time I got in a hurry and mistakenly got one of the pads backwards. Fortunately, I caught it before any serious damage was done.

There are other things that can make a scraping noise but that is where I would start.
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I did not do that for sure. Checked that 2x.

Others have told me to let them break in for a week and that the noise should go away. Thoughts?

What do you think about my question about a pad hanging up?
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