How audible should brakes for the front and rear of a 92 Corolla be when they are still in good condition?
Probably a month ago I started to hear a terrible scraping noise from an undiscernable area of my car. In addition, my brakes pulsated as if I could FEEL the scraping through the brake pedal. This prompted me to go to the mechanic where I was then told my front brakes were fine, yet my rear brakes needed to be replaced. This sounded right to me since the person I purchased this car from had the front pads changed around 3 months ago, but had no recored of the rear ones. So, I paid the guys and had them replace my rear pads and turn the rotors with the belief that this was the issue.
I guess this was only a half right assumption though. Less than a week after the repair, I heard and felt the EXACT same scraping noises again. I then took it back to my mechanic and I was told that while it sounded bad, there was no real issue and that if it was metal to metal it would sound much more worse. In addition, I was told that what I'm hearing is normal for cars of this size and type.
I didn't believe it, so I had them replace my front pads regardless. Now, the pulsations are a little less pronounced, but the scraping is still apparent when I brake and it's just driving me nuts trying to wrap my head around the fact I should "normally" hear this from a completely new set of pads. I mean, how is it possible that I would all of a sudden hear and feel this when I never noticed it before??