Just got home from work and put my car into park and heard a grinding sound.

The parking brake stopped working. I tried putting it into drive and got the same grinding sound. It was as if something was scraping against the asphalt.

Any ideas?

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    Have you looked under the vehicle to see if the is something dragging? Or was the scraping noise present without the vehicle moving? May 1, 2015 at 20:12
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    Yeah it does it without moving and gets worse when giving it gas. Almost seems like it's not quite getting into gear? I looked underneath to make sure nothing was dragging, that no rocks were stuck anywhere or that anything was bent/broken and checked all my fluids.
    – stephen
    May 2, 2015 at 19:06

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Check your e-brake drum shoes. They are located on the inside of the rear wheels. If the drum is rusted or the shoe (pad) is scraping it would make a scraping noise such as the one you described.

  • This could be helpful to some people, but in @stephen's comment he says the noise happens even without moving. Jan 11, 2016 at 17:00

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