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I have a 2012 Rav4 and I have been hearing a creaking/groaning sound coming from the front left brake when I apply it lightly. It gets worse as it heats up. It sounds exactly like the brake in this youtube video.


I have taken it to the Toyota dealership and have gone on a road test with the shop foreman. He said that it was either a warped rotor or a bad caliper.

I took it into the shop and they only checked the rotor and serviced the brakes. They didn't inspect the caliper. The rotor was true. Then they road tested it again and still heard the noise. They are telling me that it is a bad caliper and that I need to replace it (expensive if they do it). I don't want to pay a lot of money to replace the caliper if I don't need to and if it won't definitely fix the problem.

Is there anything I can do myself to try to fix it? The youtube comments saying that it might be the wheel hub or u-joint.
 

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Got it fixed.

I took it to a different mechanic instead of the Toyota dealership. He said that everything seemed fine (slide pins, anti-rattle clips on pads, etc...) but he made sure that the back plate wasn't rattling and re-lubed everything for me. He said that one of the brake pads had a shiny spot on the end where it sits against the caliper. So it might have been rubbing where it shouldn't have been. After he lubed it up properly the noise disappeared.

Toyota just wanted to replace the caliper and rip me off out of ~$500 when it just needed a simple fix. I guess I'll never go back there.
 
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