Why do my brakes rattle?

Brake pedals. —Flickr/greeblie

I hear a rattle while going over bumps in my old Ford Bronco. Any thoughts on what it could be?

Q. I hear a rattle while going over bumps in my old Ford Bronco. I had the front end all checked out and the shocks replaced, but I can still hear it. Any thoughts on what it could be?

A. The brake pads on old Broncos have a metal spring clip that holds the front brake pads from rattling. At some point, it is more than likely that the clips were left off during a brake service. Here’s a simple test: Drive on a bumpy road where you can hear the rattle, then drive on the same road while lightly applying the brakes. If the rattle is gone, it means the clips are missing.

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John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com.