Front brake pad making squeaking noise when reverse

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panpanbebe

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Tonight when I got home my model 3 was making huge squeaking noise when on reverse, i inspect my front pads both of them are touching rotor, is this normal, I thought they suppose to have space between pad and rotor?
 

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If it is the brake pads, then no, thats not normal. You are right they are not supposed to be touching the rotor (disc). Could it be a stone or debris stuck in there instead?
 
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I’ve read that there are two possible causes, and one of them affected me.

For some vehicles built in May and June 2018, the clips that hold the pads to the calipers were defective. They’d fracture and the pad would rub on the caliper when the brakes were lightly applied. Mobile service replaced my clips in January and I’ve never heard a squeak since.

I’ve read in these forums that another potential cause is getting small pieces of road debris caught between the pad and the rotor. People say that the debris usually works itself out in a few days.
 

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I’ve read that there are two possible causes, and one of them affected me.

For some vehicles built in May and June 2018, the clips that hold the pads to the calipers were defective. They’d fracture and the pad would rub on the caliper when the brakes were lightly applied. Mobile service replaced my clips in January and I’ve never heard a squeak since.

I’ve read in these forums that another potential cause is getting small pieces of road debris caught between the pad and the rotor. People say that the debris usually works itself out in a few days.
Sorry for bringing up an old thread but I am having the same squeaking in reverse problem and my car was built in June 2018. I have had the mobile service twice and taken it into the service center once and they couldn’t blamed the noise on me not using my brakes enough and they did some brake burn ins. That didn’t help and I still have that loud squeak.

Do you or anyone know if this is a known issue with the clips in the calipers? I just want reference so that I could let the mobile service know on my next appointment.
 

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Do you or anyone know if this is a known issue with the clips in the calipers?
If you search around here, you will find that it was not uncommon. However, it would usually happen shortly after delivery and we haven’t seen any posts about this lately.
 
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Sorry for bringing up an old thread but I am having the same squeaking in reverse problem and my car was built in June 2018. I have had the mobile service twice and taken it into the service center once and they couldn’t blamed the noise on me not using my brakes enough and they did some brake burn ins. That didn’t help and I still have that loud squeak.

Do you or anyone know if this is a known issue with the clips in the calipers? I just want reference so that I could let the mobile service know on my next appointment.
At the time mine were done, both the Service Center and a mobile tech said it was a well known issue. The clips were replaced 18 months ago and I have never heard the squeaking noise again.

I‘ve since read that some people have had small rocks catch between the rotor and pad, and that doing some quick braking several times in a row will dislodge them. I’ve never had that issue so I can’t tell you if it sounds different.