'91 accord made grinding noise but now sounds fine

Discussion in 'Accord' started by jrenfree, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. jrenfree

    jrenfree Guest

    I have a 1991 Honda Accord DX 4-door sedan, and about a week or two ago
    I started hearing this nasty grinding sound coming from what seemed to
    be my front driver sound tire. The sound would generally begin when I
    pressed on the breaks, but then sometimes it would continue on even
    when the brakes were no longer pressed. It would do this for maybe
    like 30 seconds and then stop. So that was last week, but I haven't
    heard that sound in almost a week.

    My suspicion is that it is my brake pads wearing down, but here's why
    i'm confused. Firstly, I had new break pads installed between 1.5 to 2
    years ago. Don't they usually last a whole lot longer than that? I'm
    generally very gently with my cars too. Also, if it were the break
    pads, why would the grinding continue even when the brakes aren't being
    pressed, and why did the grinding noise stop almost a week ago?

    And here's another unrelated question: When my car is cold (and by
    cold I mean hasn't been run for quite a few hours), there's a lot of
    creaking noise when I turn the steering wheel. It usually happens when
    I turn it to the left, but not always. And once the car warms up a
    little bit, the sound goes away. Any ideas what this might be and does
    it sound serious? It's been like this for a while now and my car's
    been running great, so I haven't been to worried about.

    jrenfree, Feb 23, 2006
  2. jrenfree

    TeGGeR® Guest

    wrote in

    Not necessarily. If they start to seize, the BRAKES will wear down in jig

    Who knows. If I were you, I'd get it looked at.

    Uh-oh! Sign of a seizing balljoint!
    (pics at bottom)

    It usually happens when

    Could be. Consequences are dire if it is the balljoint. If it's just the
    spring creaking in its seat, you're fine though. At this point nobody knows
    which it is.
    TeGGeR®, Feb 23, 2006
  3. jrenfree

    SoCalMike Guest

    the only way to really tell whats up is to remove the tires/wheels and
    not necessarily. how many miles? 30k is common for automatic
    transmission cars.
    they float over the disc, regardless.
    wear tabs mightve broken off.

    check the power steering fluid, and only use honda fluid to refill. even
    better would be to use a baster or vacuum pump to get the pump empty,
    then refill with fresh.
    SoCalMike, Feb 24, 2006
Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.