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Old 07-14-2010, 11:13 PM
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Hey all, well earlier this year I replaced my front rotors and brakes. Since then, I've heard this "tink" sound comming from the drivers side front wheel/brake area everytime I hit a bump, big and small. I've taken the wheel off, checked what I could and still nothing. It is definately NOT hindering my brakeing or stopping ability whatsoever and have been dealing with it since March. I was just curious if anyone had any suggestions as to what it could be. The only thing I could think of was the "pins" on each side of the calipers, since I had to keep the originals.
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It probably isn't the brakes at all.

I would check your wheel bearing/hub assembly, tie-rod ends, and sway bar.

Also, I see you have a 4x4, are your torsion keys cranked up?
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I have a 2003.............I had to replace the front wheel bearings. It sounds like that could be your issue. Jack up the front and spin and grab the tire. Move it around and back and forth to check for play and noise.
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Thanks guys, I'll check the wheels out. Glad to hear it's really not the breaks, as you can imagine my slight worry. I've never touched the torsion keys so I'd say it's not that. Just never noticed it before I changed out the breaks.
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If you did the brakes and hear this noise, make sure your brake lines are properly secured, check the caliper fasteners and generally inspect the area to make sure all items are secure.
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A "tink" sound would indicate some sort of thin/lightweight metal is making contact. Check the calipers for missing or out of place hardware since it seems to be doing it when the brakes are applied and the pads are shifting in the caliper bracket.
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Check swaybar endlinks and I had a noise like that and it was the inner fender well loose. the bolts were in but not tight, this happened in my dads 05 dakota also
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When you did the brake job did you put the anti rattle clips back in? My '07 made a Ch-CH-CH sound every time I hit a bump. Whoever did the brakes last didn't put the clips back on and the pads were rattling in the holder. Just something to look at.
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Take a look at your U joint, I heard a sound like your saying and I thought the same thing but it turned out to be the U joint for me.
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Well it must be too late now but when you go over bumps try to gently put your foot on the brakes just to see if the noise goes away, if it does i bet you it's your pads moving up and down in your caliper, sometimes it happens, you can put some brake pad grease at the top and bottom of each pad (right where it slides into the caliper). If that's your problem, some grease will solve it but when the grease is gone the noise come back so there's another way but it's harder to explain or picture it, it's to hold the pad in the vise and hit it with a punch right on top and bottom (basicly same spot where you can put some grease, where you slide pads) so you spread some of the brake pad material and by doing so prevent pad from moving up and down in the caliper.
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