Brake groan

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Re: Brake groan

Post by drjamesr » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:07 pm

I have the same issue. Worse with auto hold on but still there without it. No sign of improvement but my car has done only 70 miles (D4 auto awd). My Q3 did the same, particularly when I applied the brakes only partly to reduce speed reversing down my steep drive. My wife's Vauxhall does it when parked on a slope as the cable handbrake is not the best and never has been from new. It doesn't actually slip but we still use a brick behind the road wheel in case!

Might this groaning therefore be to do with the brakes coming on partly, maybe due to hill hold kicking in temporarily, but then switching off as the accelerator moves the car?

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Re: Brake groan

Post by gtest » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:28 pm

johnbluerio wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:27 pm
Hi Andygou
I wonder if the date of production and batch of pads and discs has anything to do with it. Our 40s are of similar age and model spec. Mines still the same in the wet or in the dry, backwards or forwards, gentle release of the brake on a slope brake assist off, in or out of drive mode the resulting groan is the same. I'm nearly convinced its the pad material / spec that's the problem. Its not newness wearing off as we have done 5K + miles.
Visiting our dealer later this week to collect a smaller euro size front number plate bracket for private plate so will try and discuss with someone in technical / service there. Will let you know how I get on.
Hey John,
What did the dealer Tell you about your 'groan' ?
Has it been sorted?
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Re: Brake groan

Post by abby606 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:05 pm

For what it's worth my V40 did this, I think it's just a Volvo thing, along with squeaky brakes! I've had 6 Volvo courtesy cars and all but one had squeaky brakes. The only ones that didn't have the brake groan were manual ones.

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Re: Brake groan

Post by Lazwarriot » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:00 am

I have the same issue here with my XC40 T5 Inscription 2019 (~400 miles). I have experienced the same noise in other volvos (xc40 and xc60). I feel it every time I break at slow speed (forward and backwards). I have to deactivate autohold every time I am trying to get in or out of my parking spot because the noise gets worse. It is good to know that there are many people out there with the same issue. I was worried thinking it could be something of my car, but apparently volvo has that ''problem''. Nevertheless it doesn´t seem to affect the security of the car and I am really enjoying all the other features this amazing vehicle has. I Love it. If anybody finds out how to reduce the noise please let us know.

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Re: Brake groan

Post by XC40Warwick » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:13 am

15,000 miles on and the brake groan has gone ! hoping this is the case for all of you suffering it currently.
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Re: Brake groan

Post by Septercius » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:55 pm

For what it's worth, my Mercedes (C Class) does the same thing, though not all the time. Perhaps it's a trait (albeit annoying) of cars with auto-hold.
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