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When i drive it makes a scraping sound like something is

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when i drive it makes a scraping sound like something is dragging but nothing is dragging. is it safe to continue driving it like this
JA: How would you describe the sound? Does it happen more when you're braking? Shifting gears?
Customer: When I am braking or starting to drive again.
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: Honda Accord 2003
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: nothing yet just wanting to go on a road trip and want to know if i can drive it as is before taking into the shop
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Honda-Man replied 3 months ago.

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A scraping noise when braking and starting off is most likely the brake pad wear indicator(s). The brake pads have a metal tab that rubs on the brake rotor when it's time to replace the brakes. It won't hurt anything unless you keep driving for another few hundred miles. It can even go a thousand or so if you drive mostly highway miles. Once it starts making noise there is still approx 10-15% brake pad lining left. Since you are going on a trip I would suggest having it looked at just to be sure. Another possible cause is a rock or road debris between the rotor and rotor shield. This is not a emergency but should be looked at before your trip.

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