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Old 07-26-2017, 11:45 AM  
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Hey y'all,

I have a 2008 SX4 and it has started making this weird popping/cracking/knocking sound from the front tire area ONLY when I brake. The brakes are band new. I have taken it to a mechanic and they claimed it was because I needed new brakes which is 100% wrong. The sound doesn't happen every time I brake which is weird. It happens when I start to press the brakes and when I release the brakes (only if I don't come to a complete stop). I have read that it might be a sway bar link but wouldn't that still make noise while I'm just driving?! It is a very loud clinking sound about 75% of the time when I brake. Again, its just a loud clink sound when I push the brakes. Just one clink. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ewwwww!!!
The old one clink syndrome!!

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Kidding

It sounds like a loose caliper mounting bracket or ill fitting caliper in the bracket
and when you press the brake pedal the slack is causing the sound.

Just a wild guess.

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What I'm going to suggest is that if you don't have the experience to deal with an issue personally, and you don't like what one mechanic tells you, find another mechanic and get a second opinion.

We're discussing brakes here, potentially a life or death situation, and that makes it not a place for guesswork, which is all you're going to get asking questions on the internet.

If the brakes are "brand new" and you're getting a popping/cracking/knocking/clinking sound when you brake, my guess would be that whoever installed the brakes may have left something loose, and I would be taking the vehicle back to them, and doing so as a matter of urgency.

By the way - what exactly is brand new - the disk pads, the calipers, the rotors - and what is it this mechanic is telling you needs to be replaced - the disk pads, the calipers, the rotors?
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Brand new meaning everything was replaced in the last 3 months. Everything is tight. I am very familiar with my vehicle and would say that I have far more knowledge of mechanical workings than the average person. I'm just hopping that someone could give me suggestions on what to check next so I don't get scammed.

The mechanic was suggesting replacing it all again even though everything is still new. AKA: I'm a blonde young woman and they see dollar signs.
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What about the person who did the brake job in the first place. Is he trustworthy? This should be looked at.
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Yes, I helped with the brakes and made sure it was done correctly. I have check the calipers and they are fine. Good and tight.

In order to properly check the sway bar, should the car be jacked up or can I do it with the tires still on the ground?
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You can do it both ways. Links are new type bar style, not bushings like older cars. For them to make noise, they should be nearly destroyed. Check the sway bar bushings also.
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Have you removed the calipers and verified the pads can operate smoothly and no anti rattle device is missing?

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Found this?

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Whilst I can understand where you're coming from with the mechanics and the dollar signs (I have three daughters, the youngest of whom would, I suspect, be about your age), I would also suspect you're not as familiar with the vehicle as you would believe - I was very specific when I listed the three most commonly replaced brake parts, I did not list everything, so when you say, everything was replaced, I know everything wasn't.

It's going to be a lot easier to check the sway bar hardware with the front of the vehicle off the ground and the wheels removed - you do need to make sure that both left & right sides are in a similar condition - if one side is off the ground and hanging, the other side should be the same.

In my opinion, it's unlikely, that the sway bar & related hardware are the source of any noises that occur only whilst braking, and only once, when you brake - those types of noises are far more likely to be caused by loose or missing brake pad mounting hardware.

The easiest way to diagnose worn sway bar hardware is to roll the vehicle slowly over a speed bump or similar rise in the road at an angle so that one wheel goes up before the other - as the wheels rise and fall independently any looseness in the links will be exercised.
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