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My Ford Escape started making an unusual noise recently. Would appreciate if anyone can help me diagnose the problem.

  • The noise only occurs when I brake and only when my speed gets down to about 15 mph or less
  • It's a grinding, crunching sort of sound
  • It's a repeated "crunch" "crunch" "crunch" as if something on the axel rubs against something else every time it rotates
  • It happens regardless of the weather
  • It sounds like it's either coming from my back passenger tire or both back tires

Any ideas what the problem may be?

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Have you checked the rear pads? –  Nick C Apr 25 '14 at 9:19

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There are a few things it could be.

  1. Dirt in the brake drums (if its not rear disc)
  2. Pads or shoes have been damaged or become worn
  3. Hardware has come loose and is getting caught as you are braking
  4. Rusted drums or discs

You should get this check out right away before it causes expensive damage or you loose braking ability all together.

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