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At first it seemed the noise could only be heard while making slow left turns and while braking I know the brake pads aren't worn I replaced them 20,000 miles ago and checked them after the problem began they were over 6mm Now there is a grinding noise whenever the wheel is turning and there is a grinding noise when I hit the brakes at slow speeds at least thats the only time I can hear it any help would be appeciated Thank you for your reply

P.S. Anyone heard of changing your water pump at 80,000 miles to prevent impeller braking off and causing eng to over heat?

I own a '98 taurus w/24v eng
 

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Could be any number of things from ball joint to tie rod. If you can lub any of these I would do so. I would do a visual inspoection beyond the brakes.
 

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Originally posted by fordracing@Jun 16 2004, 02:16 AM
P.S. Anyone heard of changing your water pump at 80,000 miles to prevent impeller braking off and causing eng to over heat?

I own a '98 taurus w/24v eng
It's up to you if you do this, but mine failed @ 104k miles with a broken impeller.
 

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I'd start by pulling the rotor and checking both sides. Make sure there isn't any deep scoring in it anywhere. Check both brake pads too. Even if you just replace them, if you have a frozen caliper or something it could wear one or both pads faster. Other possibilities might include strut mount or wheel bearing. With the car jacked up, try to pull the wheel back and forth and see if there is any play in the wheel bearing. If it moves alot, it's time to replace them. You might try a different brand of break pad too, but if the problem is only on one side and you are using the same pads on both sides, it's unlikely the problem. The strut mount bearings sometimes go, but I think usually this is associated with more of a thumping sound when you hit bumps rather then a grinding sound.

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It's up to you if you do this, but mine failed @ 104k miles with a broken impeller.
Oh no, i'm at 102K. MAybe i should start looking for a new pump?
 

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At first it seemed the noise could only be heard while making slow left turns and while braking I know the brake pads aren't worn I replaced them 20,000 miles ago and checked them after the problem began they were over 6mm Now there is a grinding noise whenever the wheel is turning and there is a grinding noise when I hit the brakes at slow speeds at least thats the only time I can hear it any help would be appeciated Thank you for your reply
It could just be the pad/rotor combination making noise. I used to have brakes that did that. They made noise but there was nothing wrong. It especially does it if you get a high metallic pad, or if a caliper is slightly sticky it may do it when certain forces are put on the suspension. My Raybestos pads on my Ranger did it all the time.

It's up to you if you do this, but mine failed @ 104k miles with a broken impeller.
$hit, you mean to tell me this is ANOTHER thing I need to do to this thing? I still haven't cleaned up my intake, added a new trans cooler, change the air filter, change the oil (again), a new belt, etc. Plus I just bought brakes for my MPV. My wife's gonna have a heart attack because of all the money we don't have that I will be dumping into this thing.

EDIT: How come I never spent this much money maintaining my 89' Escort or my 94' Ranger? Even after rebulding the head and replacing the clutch in my Escort I didn't spend this much.
 

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Actually, I had a similar problem. I've got about 102k on my '01, and I had started to notice a similar sound. Look at the wheel and the break. You may notice a slight ring of wear where part of the brake assembly had slipped out of place. $20 for them to adjust it. I probably could have adjusted it myself, but I'm afraid to screw w/my brakes alone w/such little knowledge. :)
 
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