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So I’m hearing a bad noise from the new car…

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I took all your advice and apped DCU. Approved for a car loan for 2.49. Great. I bought a new-to-me car exactly one month ago. Jan. 24th. Nice Volvo, 2011 with 40K miles.Everything was going well until last week when I heard a noise that was kinda scary, sounding like rubbing metal. It was loud, lasted for about 10 seconds. During that time, the gauges on the dash were all normal and the car felt fine. Then the noise stopped. Today, the same thing again. To me, it sounds like the sound you hear when the rotors are worn, but wouldn’t they have checked that before they sold me the car and put new brakes and rotors on? The car passed inspection! I’m really steamed about this. Can a car-savvy CBer tell me what recourse I have? I really did not expect to have to put new brakes/rotors on a quality used car that I’ve only had for one month! And it’s still under the dealer’s limited warranty but I believe that excludes brakes. The car’s only been driven about 700 miles, for goodness sakes, and about 200 of that was driving the car back home from where I bought it in Jersey. And I’m saying brakes/rotors because that’s what it sounds like to me. I guess it could be much worse? What do I do? What can I say to the dealer to get them to take care of this – or am I SOL? That would suck. Your advice is appreciated and desperately needed. Thanks so much.

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You need to find out what it is first. If you take the car back and it doesn't make the noise, you can't expect them to know what to do either.

 

No warranty included brake pads because they're a "wear item", expected to need replacement periodically.

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As already stated, the first job is to find out what the problem is.

 

I doubt any dealer/seller would put new brakes and/or rotors on a used car unless it was absolutely needed at the time, and inspections only cover currently working parts, not stuff that is going to need replacing in the next 500 miles. If it is your brakes, you will be responsible for the cost. You're not getting screwed... this is just part of buying a used car.

 

Did you have the car checked out by your own mechanic before you bought it? That's really the only way you might have known about this in advance.

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As mentioned dealers will not put on pads and rotors unless they really need them but at the same time some good dealers will help resolve the problem even a month later. At the same time you can't expect it since it is a used car.

 

The problem does sound like the brakes but could be anything. Its possible that a rock or something got in between the pad and rotors and caused the grinding noise possibly twice. I had the same noise one time on my truck and it never came back.

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