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Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Updated on August 18, 2016

Do Your Brakes Squeak?

Any squeak in your vehicle can be annoying, especially if it continues to get worse. Here are four common types of squeaks that come from the brakes—common problems that come through the shop everyday—plus a fifth (bonus) brake noise—a scraping noise. I hope I can help you understand what's causing your brakes to squeak.

Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Disc Brakes
Drum Brakes
Morning squeak from overnight rain, dew, or condensation moisture .
Rear drum brake squeaks when shoe-to-backing-late contact points need lubrication.
Thinning brake pads set off brake wear indicator squeak.
 
Cheap brake pads with high metal content.
 

Two Types of Brakes

To make this discussion clearer I'll tell you that there are two types of brakes.

  • Most brakes today are disc brakes, where a pad presses against a disc or rotor to stop the car. The first three squeaks described here come from disc brakes.
  • Many cars have drum brakes on the back wheels, where a curved “shoe” presses against a hollow drum to stop the car. The last squeak here is made by drum brakes.

1. Disc Brakes Squeak After Car Sits Overnight

Most brakes squeak after sitting overnight. This is usually due to moisture from rain, dew, or condensation that collects on the surface of the rotors.

When moisture collects on the brake rotors, it causes a thin layer of rust to form on the rotor surface. As the rotor turns, the pads scrape the rust off the rotors, and then the rust gets caught on the leading edge of the brake pad. These fine particles of rust then get embedded into the leading edge of the pad and cause a squeak.

The only way to prevent this type of squeak is to garage your vehicle or store it in a climate-controlled environment. Rust on the rotors can also cause pad impressions on rotors, which in turn, cause a thumping noise or brake pulsation.

Rust Embedded in a Rotor

This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads.
This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads. | Source
The same rotor, close up;  you can see the rust  embedded in the metal.
The same rotor, close up; you can see the rust embedded in the metal. | Source

Noise From Rusty Rotors

2. Thinning Brake Pads

The brake wear indicator is another common cause of brake squeak. This sound starts when the brake pads are almost worn out and getting extremely thin. It’s a very effective warning that the that the brake pads are almost used up and need to be replaced.

The wear indicators are little metal tabs made of hardened steel. The manufacturers attach wear indicators in different ways: welding them on, using a rivet, or using a push-on clip attached to the edge of the brake-pad backing. These steel tabs are designed to hit the rotor before the brake pad totally wears out, warning the driver that the pad material is getting very thin and is about to create a metal-to-metal situation. You don’t want to get to that point because it means ineffective braking, and metal grinding and scratching on the rotor can damage the rotor’s smooth surface.

Wear Indicator Noise While Driving; Step on the Brakes and the Squeak Stops

3. High Metal Content in Brake Pads

Brake pads normally contain bits of metal, but some cheap brake pads are manufactured with very high metal content. They have large chunks of metal pressed into the pad material. These large pieces of metal drag on the rotor and cause a high pitched brake squeak.

Since brake pads sometimes can last between 30,000 to 40,000 miles, you'll have to listen to this annoying sound for months. This is one reason to spend a few extra bucks on quality brake pads. Another reason, of course, is that your brakes stop the car and quality helps. Don’t let twenty dollars stand between you and an accident that could end up costing you a lot more money.

To minimize squeaks from your brake pads, use brake pads with a high content of organic brake material (resin, rubber, Kevlar, fiber, or what-have-you). More organic brake material means fewer metal shavings in the brake pad, less squeaking, and less metal dust on your wheels. Metal particles in brake dust can discolor chrome or aluminum wheels.

This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material.  Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak.
This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material. Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak. | Source

4. Drum Brakes That Need Lubrication

Have you ever heard a squeak from the rear brakes after pushing on the brake pedal? This is a sure sign that the shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication. If these contact points lose lubrication, the metal will begin to rust. Once this happens the shoes will scrape against the backing plate, causing a rhythmic squeaking noise with the rotation of the wheels. Most new vehicles have disc brakes on all four wheels, but drum brakes are still used on the rear wheels of some cars.

The best way to prevent this noise, or to repair it, is to keep the contact points lubricated, either with a high temperature anti-seize compound or a lube called Moly Paste 60. You use it on the back of brake pads and on all brake pad/shoe contact points, not on the brake pad or shoe surfaces themselves.

If you're looking for a lube to use on the caliper slide pins, use a Hi-Temp Wheel Bearing Grease like Amalie. If you use high quality products when doing your brake jobs, the time spent doing the job will be well worth it. In the long run, you'll have longer-lasting brakes with no headaches.

Honda 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)
Honda 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)

Moly Paste 60 is manufactured specifically for brakes, and will not melt or wash away. It comes in a small squeeze packet with all genuine Honda brake pad sets. I have used this for over 29 years on all my brake jobs, and it truly stops brakes from squeaking.

 

Where to Lube Squeaking Drum Brakes

Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak.
Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak. | Source
More contact points to lube on drum brakes.
More contact points to lube on drum brakes. | Source

Rusted Drum Brakes

Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated.
Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated. | Source

Bonus Noise: Scraping From Plate or Rock Hitting Rotor

Scraping Noise From Wheel While Driving

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      Micki 7 days ago

      About 13 months ago I had my brakes replaced including router. After I had them done I had a horrible high pitched squeak in the rear passenger side that I did not have before the brake was replaced. I drove it around for awhile thinking that it would go away. It did not. I took car back to where the brake was installed and they said they adjusted the brake and did not hear the squeak any longer. It usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes before the car squeaks which seems to be the problem as I cannot get anyone to drive it long enough to hear it. I have had this to 8 mechanics to date. They tell me the brakes are fine, they adjust them, they all say they have driven the car and no longer hear the squeal. I get in the car drive 10 to 20 minutes and the squeak is back. This happened again today after adjusting the brakes. The car is a 2000 corolla, runs like a dream, and hate to give it up. The squeak happens when I go to brake and has a sort of wah-wah sound like the tires that are stopping only it is a squeak. Gradually over time the squeak gets very loud and is constant to the point of even when I am just driving. After they adjust the brake the squeak is softer again and only when braking. Can you help me?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Make sure all your anti rattle clips have clearance between the rotor and caliper, if that looks OK, try sanding the sharp edge on the pads, sometimes these edges can make noise. Hope this helps ;) and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Derson03 3 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a annoying squeal in the left front brake. I recently replaced the pads, rotor, and the wheel bearing/hub assembly today. The squeak seems to go away when pressure is applied by turning slightly to the right. I used ceramic pads from Auto Zone like I have in the past ( never had any issues in the past). Oh, by the way the car is a 05 Centugry. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

      Thanks Joe

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sky, You're welcome.

      I truly think if your mechanic installs new Acura OEM brake pads, the noise should stop. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Sky00 4 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Correction: The front brake started making squeaky noise about five months ago. I've just found my other question entered five months ago regarding the pricing on the brake change on your blog. Thanks.

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      Sky00 4 weeks ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Thanks so much for your informative site.

      The front brake on my eight years old Acura TSX makes some squeaky noises starting two months ago for the very first time. My mechanic whom I have used for more than ten years has always fixed things without difficulties. He is a nice guy with patience. There is always a waiting list for his services for years. But, he has been fixing this squeaky noise three times in the past two months, now it starts to squeak again for the fourth time. I am lost for words now. I will have to go back to him until he can truly fix the brake noise. I really wonder if he can ever do it.

      I asked him the second time I was in his shop why he didn't get me a new brake. But he said they are all used ones... I am confused by his statements and his limited English skills.

      What's your advice on my situation? Thanks.

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      Adolfo 5 weeks ago

      Hello. I have noticed a loud screeching sound on the back tires of my car. It only appears after driving long distances and It is usually only noticeable at low speeds. The noise seems to dissappear for a moment after applying the hand brake. Model is Toyota Tercel 97 so it uses drum brakes

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Simon,

      Did you use OEM brake pads? This is usually the main problem when replacing brake pads, cheap pads make a lot of noise. Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      Yes, sometime even new brakes will squeak when they are wet. Think of the squeak like a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass, wet rotors hum or vibrate at a very high frequency when wet causing a high pitched sqeak, but should stop squeaking once the brakes are applied a couple times. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Paul Edmondson 6 weeks ago from Burlingame, CA

      @eddie I have a new car and the brakes are squeaking loud after it rains. I don't think there is any rust on the rotors. Should new brakes squeak when wet?

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      Simon Man 6 weeks ago

      Hi,

      My front braking began to squeal and a garage advised I needed new pads only. Purchased some new pads had them fitted squeal noise was remained but worsened. Then was advised there was a lip on both side rotors and myself can feel it too. Fair enough so went and purchased a pair of brand new Pagid brake discs and pads for the front as garage recommended for German vehicles. Got it fitted and he did was he said he would grease the back plate pads and the calipers. And believed the squeal would disappear after 100-200 miles or remained squealing, tried to put up with it hoping by time it stops. It's 230 miles and it's squeals even louder when I break slowly to the traffics or when never applying brakes. Even the security colleague I drive past to work said my brakes squealing are very loud and irritating. I noticed the squealing mainly deeper from the left brakes. Any suggestions, please?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Christina, I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Christina 2 months ago

      Very well done! I rate you a 10+.

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      Lennard 2 months ago

      My corolla had 8 mm thickness on front brake pads and the rear pads changed to new 7 months ago. The car had just done 2.4k miles after this, but now when I apply brakes lightly, I can hear a light squeal, just like the wear indicator. But when I apply them harder, there's no noise. How would they wear out so fast with just 2.4k miles? The car was parked for two months in between.

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      beth 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie, recently I have noticed while driving at slow speeds I can hear a low pitched scraping sound every time the wheels rotate, and a shrill squeal when I am braking at slow speeds that is becoming more regular and more noticeable. Also especially if I am braking while driving around a bend in the road, the steering wheel shudders briefly. Warped rotors, thin pads? I would be interested to hear your thoughts, thanks !

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      If the noise is coming from the back brakes, you'll need to take it back to the mechanic who replaced them, it sounds like a brake shoe is not secured properly or something is not torqued correctly. The thump noise when releasing the brakes is what concerns me. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Mary 2 months ago

      Have new back brake pads and drums and there was a squeak so I got the pads sanded a bit which seemed to get rid of the squeak but woke up one morning and the squeak is extremely loud and it's not a high pitched squeak but a loud slow squeak while braking as well as a thump when releasing the brake. It's a chevy cavalier. Any help would be much appreciated thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      If the rear tires are hitting small bumps in the road while braking and the rear shocks are not stopping them from bouncing, then yes, failing shocks/struts could cause your car to fishtail. If the tires are locking up and your rear tires are skidding when stopping, that is something totally different. Let me know if this helps or if you still have more questions :)

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      Stephanie 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am the one with the question for the 2007 Colbalt below the tires are brand new but yes it does seem to need struts. Is this the cause of it not stopping when it's supposed to?

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      If there is no free play in the brake pedal, try backing off the brake light switch up on the brake pedal bracket. If the brake light switch is out of adjustment, it can cause light pressure on the brakes at all times causing them to overheat and eventually seize until they cool.

      If the brake light switch is OK, you may have a blockage in the system causing the same issue, you'll need to find which brake line has the blockage by bleeding the brakes and inspecting all the lines. Let me know what you find Justin, thanks.

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      Justin 2 months ago

      While my driving my car with drum brakes

      The front seem to lock .. I know this cause touch the brake pedal and there is no play Wat so Eva the pedal is hard as rock .. If continue to drive it will either free up or lock up to a point where car will not move forward .. Also can smell Wat seems likely to be drums over heating .. Let cool down then good to drive again .. Plz any help much appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      I think you have two different problems here. How is the tread depth on your rear tires? Does the rear of your vehicle skip over small bumps in the road? Do a bounce test on the vehicle by pushing up and down on the rear bumper to bounce the vehicle, once the vehicle has a good bounce going, stop pushing on the bumper and count the bounces, if it's 3 or more you probably need new shocks/struts in the rear.

      The brake noise may be caused by after market brake pads. You could replace them with new OEM pads or deal with the noise until you need to replace them, then use OEM pads. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Stephanie 2 months ago

      I have a 2007 Colbalt that is constantly making the rust on the rotors sound you show in the video any time I brake. I have replaced the brakes and adjusted them but the noise continues I also notice that there are time when it is hard to stop or that the back of my car slides (kinda like a fish tail) can you help me

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Belvant,

      That's great! One thing that concerns me is the shoe separation. I recommend changing the shoes as soon as you have the money because if the brake materiel completely separates from the metal backing, the brakes could lock up, and I'm not sure the condition of the shoes. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just giving you a heads up :)

      Hi Andrew,

      Do you know if the pads are OEM pads? No need to remove any rust from the rotors because that's probably not the issue, more likely you have after market pads that are making the noise. Be careful with the air gun if you have never used one, they have extreme torque power and can cause damage if you don't have any experience with it. Manual tools work good to, just more time consuming. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Andrew Foster 2 months ago

      Hi I am having a problem getting the exact same noise you have in the video in which the brakes are rubbing the rust of the rotor but it happens. all through out the day. Sometimes when turning, Parking and even reserve parking. I also get a random really loud squeaking noise when driving around 10 mph. Its sound like something rubbing on the wheel and its come and goes randomly but stop if i apply any amount of pressure on the brakes.

      I have taken it to the garage but as it random can cant identify the fault. Its really embarrassing when you every turns around looking at you driving along because of the squeaking. I have already changed brakes pad and front discs but the noise is still there.

      I am ordering a impact wrench to remove all wheels and see if i can find anything myself. Ill try to give the rotor a good clean with rust remover.

      Do you have any other suggestion please. The car is a VW golf.

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      Balvant 3 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I had the brakes cleaned and adjusted. The pads were sanded and still had about 30% pads left. They found one pad slightly detached from the metal but the mechanic said that it was still OK. That is it and no more whistling sound so far (3 days). Thanks for helping out.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Balvant,

      I recommend having the brakes checked because it sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor warning you the brake pads are low. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

      Hi Robin,

      The car must have sat for a few days when the bumper was replaced? If so, most likely your rotors had some rust build up and cause pad impression when it was sitting, this will cause a loud grinding noise and also a thumping noise, it may even cause a pull while braking. The noise may subside after a few 100 miles of braking, but it may never go away completely until you either resurface or replace the rotors.

      The body shop should have checked your brake just to give you peace of mind, and also it's good for business, but it's had to find those people who will go the extra mile just to help. Let me know if this helps you, and have your brakes checked just to be on the safe side.

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      Robin Mears 3 months ago

      2012 Dodge Challenger: my car was fine, no noises of any kind. Then I was rear ended at a stop light. Insurance looked at it and said bumper damage was all that was wrong. I new there was more than that because I drove it home after the wreck, so I had it towed to the shop that replaced by bumper. As I drove it slowly away from the shop it was making a noise like the brakes were metal to metal, mostly from the right front area. Also I heard a thumping coming from same area. As I slowly pressed on the breaks more scraping noise so I sped up & still same noise. I noticed it was pulling a little to the right .When I pressed on the brakes hard, it turned to the LEFT bad! When they had called to tell me my car was ready the wowan had stated to me....your car is all finished and 2 of my mechanics have driven it and they both said that it's great!!!!! So I called them not 2 minutes after I had Driven away, when a man answered, I said are u one of the men that drove my black Challenger and said it was fixed? And he replied NO, and placed me on hold. The woman answered as I drove next to a wall with the windows down and said does this sound like my car is fixed? She stated that she could very clearly hear the scraping, scqueeling noise! Took it back and the MANAGER DROVE MY CAR! 30 seconds later he came back and said very sarcastically YOU NEED BRAKES & sruged his shoulders. I said 2 of ur guys said it was FIXED!!!!! He said the insurance adjuster said the only damage was the bumper & that's all they paid for $701.00 ( I had already given them the check) so I guess my question is... I know my car was not making any noises before that man rear ended me(he was also pulling a rented trailer filled with dirt) so am I crazy or could the reck be responsible for what's going on with my car???????? Shouldn't they have at least checked the brakes out to see if that's even the problem??? Please let me know what you think! I've been reading all your posts & you are the first person that's sounds like to me you know what your talking about!!

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      Balvant 3 months ago

      Eddie, I notice it happens at about speed 50 to 60 mph and more when I slightly turn right. The whistle is more like a tea kettle but very faint. This whistle goes away if I press the brake pedal slightly. It is definitely not metal grinding noise. Thanks for helping out.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Balvant,

      Do you know if the noise changes when turning slightly or with wheel speed? Is it a whistle or metal /rubbing/grinding noise?

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      Balvant 3 months ago

      I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and there is high pitch squeal at high speed (60 mph) but if I brake, it stops. I had the brakes checked at a local shop and they say that pads (OEM, have not changed them!) still have 50% remaining but could not help where the noise could be coming from. I can tell it is the front but cannot pinpoint if it is on right or left. I noticed this after i changed to winter tires but I do not if this was just a coincidence. Thanks for any clue you can offer.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi TJ,

      I would start by checking the drive shaft u-joints, that would be a very common squeak from that year yota. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      T.J. 3 months ago

      Hey Eddie need your help with a 1991 Toyota pickup, so there is a squeaking sound when I pickup speed and goes away when going really slow or at a stop but when start going again I starts to squeak ad the faster your going the faster the squeak

      Thank Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hannah,

      Can you take a video of the noise and post it on YouTube, then send me the link? I'll take a listen and let you know what I think.

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      Hannah 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie. I have a Toyota Tundra 2005 and I can't find anybody who knows what they are talking about nor describe the noise on google. My truck does not squeak but when I'm parking or like coming to a stop and have to turn the wheel to either park or pull through the drive thru at a restraunt or something when I'm mashing the brakes and turning the wheel it makes like a noise that's hard to describe. Like if you set your phone on a glass table and it's on vibrate. Whenever someone calls u it's kind of like that noise. Can u help me ?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Carp1, keep me posted.

      Hi Kristiann,

      If you replaced the pads yourself, did you lubricate all moving parts like the slides or pins, plus all the contact points of the caliper and pads?

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      Kristiann 4 months ago

      Hi i have a question so we changed my front brakes on my 2009 Chevrolet hybrid tahoe because we thought the brakes was going out but when we took it off it was still good but no matter we put the new ones off . The next day i noticed that the squeeking sound while im driving and when braking is still there . Can u help me please?

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      carp1 4 months ago

      Thanks for the information. I am using ceramic pads. This is the 3rd set I have tried. I will buy some OEM pads. What baffles me is the other wheel does not squeak at all and this one quits for a time when changed. Also i have not tried the moly based brake lubricant.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      It sounds to me like it's the wear indicators on your front brake pads. Are you positive the noise is coming from the drums?

      Hi Carp1,

      The noise has to be generated from the brake pad material. Are you using OEM pad sets?

      Hi Andy,

      I recommend returning them and getting the OEM pad sets, and make sure all your brake pad contact points are lubed good. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Andy 4 months ago

      Changed front disk brakes about 3 weeks ago on 03 GMC Yukon Denali XL they squil when not braking and quiet when brakes are applied. Bought Weaver platinum series so figured spending the extra would pay off, ironically it backfired. Please let me know if have some insight on this!?

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      carp1 4 months ago

      My issue is on a 2008 jeep patriot 128 k miles. Right rear disc squeaks when NOT engaged and quiets when engaged. No other issues stops well and straight. Normal pad wear. I have changed pads several times, changed and lubricated clips, cleaned and regreased pins put disk brake quiet materiel on the pads. Still squeaks. If I exchange the left pads with the right ones the squeak goes away for 500-1000 miles then returns on the right rear brakes again.

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      Daniel Parker 4 months ago

      I have a 1997 nissan sentra with rear drum brakes. I noticed about a week ago that my car started to make a high pitch noise backing up but as soon as the brakes are applied it quits. It doesn't do it while driving or stopping just in reverse. I thought it was the shoes but they are still good. What do you think it is? My father said it sounds like they are out of adjustment.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joel,

      I'm note sure what you mean by hollow sound, Is it a hum, squeak, squeal, thump, etc... Let me know thanks.

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      Joel 4 months ago

      Eddie I have a Honda Odyssey Van that when I brake lightly I hear a hollow sound. Again it only happens when I brake light and when I turn at low speeds. My rotors and brake pads are less than 7 months old.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sig,

      You probably have run out of brake pad material (grinding noise) The ABS and Traction Control lights should always come on when starting your engine because the vehicle is doing a bulb check for all warning lights. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

      Hi Amber,

      If your mechanic used aftermarket pads, it's a good chance the pad material has a high level of metallic material in it causing the pads to squeal. Aftermarket meaning non original manufacturer equipment. The pads are safe to use, they're just a lower quality parts.

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      Amber 4 months ago

      I had my front rotors and brake pads replaced a couple of days ago. They are STILL squeaking when I brake. Is this normal for having new equipment or do I need to be telling off the mechanics? I've already experienced shady repair jobs from a few shops where broken parts were placed into my car and passed off for new!

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      Sig 5 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      2002 grand am

      Yesterday I noticed my brakes began making a loud noise that I would describe as grinding and had some burnt rubber smell along with it. I haven't had the chance to pop off the wheels and take a look and plan on that tomorrow morning but figured you might see this in case I can't figure it out.

      Also I noticed the ABS and traction lights came on once when I started the car as well.

      Any info will help, and great work!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      The mechanic could have use an after market brake pad which can cause the noise, you can put a video up on YouTube and send me the link. Just place the link in the comment box here.

      Hi Carolyn,

      I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic asap, it could be a loose caliper or something minor like a hubcap rattle, either one should be checked out soon. Keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

      Hi Dena,

      If the brake light is on, it means one of two things, either your emergency brake is on or your brake fluid is low. Check both to be on the safe side. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Dena 5 months ago

      i just had four tires put on my car and i just was wondering would the shop had know before putting on my new tires that if i had bad breaks pads or brake disc, cause my light came on in my car letting me know that something is wrong with my brakes. just had my tires for about three weeks now.

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      carolyn 5 months ago

      I just got new front brakes pads now I hear a rattling sound when I hit a bump or manhole something shakes but just on the right side please help

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      Jenny R 5 months ago

      I have the exact sound that your truck made right after the carwash in the video, except mine isn't just in the morning or after a carwash, it's all the time. How can I fix this issue? I already had new brakes installed on the front and back, so I know it's not the pads. Is there a place I could send you a video of the sound?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Candace,

      It's possible you have a small rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate, but you'll need to have the wheels pulled to check for this problem.

      Hi Tara,

      You'll need to find which wheel the noise is coming from, once you know this you'll need to pull the wheel and check the calipers slides and brake pad contact points, if they're not lube properly, it can cause this noise. Let me know what you find.

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      Tara 5 months ago

      I have a 2011 Kia Sorento and I had the brake pads changed around a year and a half ago and back ones probably less than a year. For quite some time I have a noise when I go slow that sounds like something stuck in a bicycle tire, a clicking noise but when I speed up it stops. And then when I brake slowly/gently there's a squeaking/squealing noise and almost sounds like a bouncing at the same time. But if I slam on the brakes it doesn't do it. Someone changed a caliper and said that they go bad in sorentos or something and the noise stopped or got quieter but now it's back to as loud as ever. Any suggestions/ideas????

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      Candace Coomes 6 months ago

      My car does that squealing noise where when youre driving its squeals but when you stop on the breaks or go over a bump or rail road track the noise stops... and the noise isnt all day it just comes and goes

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vara,

      Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it ;)

      Hi Heriberto,

      Buy a set of OEM brake pads and most likely your problems will disappear. I have never used ceramic pads and have only used OEM pads, I have never had a problem unless there was a recall or service bulletin on the pad set. Try it and let me know how you make out. Thanks.

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      Heriberto 6 months ago

      i had changed the front brakes to my Honda civic 2014 and the brakes where going smooth for about a month when i began to hear a skipping squeal noise when braking slowly and coming to a stop. i figured it would go away soon but the noise got louder over two weeks. I put the car on the jack and i cleaned the brake clips, the brakes, and the rotor with brake cleaner. I then applied some "quiet brake disc" to the back ends of each brake pad and put the brakes back together. Another month went by without any noise and then it happened again so i put it on the jack. This time i applied "brake grease" to the clips, the edges of the brake pads. I also applied the "quiet disk brake" on the back of the pads again. Another month without any noise and it came back again. Whats going on? i never new that changing brakes would be so hard. The rotors are still in really really good condition, the ceramic brake pads were new too. I made sure the clips didn't touch the rotor, i made sure the inner and outer pad where in the correct place. i tightened the caliper bolts correctly, and made sure the caliper cover went over the brake pads in a flush groove. If anyone can help me before i decide to go buy new brake pads.

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      Vara P 6 months ago

      Pretty informative. Thanks for your effort putting these videos together.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      I don't know anything about 5th wheels. Did you have someone stand by the wheel when turning? They may be able to determine exactly where the noise is coming from, you'll need a large parking lot to execute this task lol. Hope this helps. Keep me posted on what your find. Just remember, on a trailer that size, there is a lot of flexing going on in the suspension so it may be a suspension part rubbing or hitting something.

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      Jim McGallan 6 months ago

      HI there. I have a 2014 Primetime Sanibel 5th wheel. The problem I am having is when I make a right turn (NOT BREAKING) there is a loud squeal coming from the right rear tire. This sounds like a metal on metal squealing. It disappears as soon as you straighten and only does this when making right turns. This trailer has tandem axles as well. I have had this to the dealers and they don't seem to know what is causing the problem.The replaced the entire wheel assembly on the rear right side axle but it is still making this noise. I am stumped. Any advice would be appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sky,

      Yes, If I read your comment correctly it cost you about $560 total? I'm not sure what the labor rate is in California, but if it's around $100 per hour, the brake job cost is fair. Thanks for taking the time to write a post Sky, I really appreciate it :)

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      Sky 6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your blog! I've found the squeaky noise whenever I stepped on the front break of my 2008 Acura TSX (done mostly town driving) two days ago. My mechanic (for ten years) has ordered the parts which replaced the old ones. He asked me to test drive over the weekend to see how it worked. The front break makes no squeaky noise or any other noise since I picked it yesterday.

      I didn't have a chance to ask him what exactly was replaced since he was on the phone when I was there. I will ask him about the details on Monday. He is quite popular locally because he does good work and charges people fairly. He quoted me $260 for the repair and the 3-hour labor. Although I am still curious if this price is about right in California. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Your welcome Jen, glad I could help :)

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      Jen 7 months ago

      Thank you for the helpful video of squeaky brakes! Hearing the noise and seeing why was super helpful!

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stan,

      There are a few things that can cause this noise, usually it's cause by brake pad impressions, but you can also get the noise from drum brakes or calipers. I recommend checking the rotors for brake pad impressions, if everything looks clean and smooth, you 'll need to dig a little deeper. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

      Hi Bob,

      A few things you can try are lubricating all moving parts on the caliper and all contact points of the brake pads with a high quality lube ( pads and contact points should be lubricated with Moly paste M77, and slides and pins should be lubed with a high temp grease). While you have the pads out of the calipers, try sanding or grinding the leading edge of the pads, sometimes this works. Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

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      Bob S 7 months ago

      10 years ago I replaced the brakes in my '97 Camry with after market brakes. Never had a problem with the brakes before. After they were replaced, I had a high pitched squealing when applying the brakes, especially when the car was cold in the morning or at very low speed pulling out of my driveway. It is ear piercing and embarrassing. I went to several shops to fix it, none could. I finally replaced the brakes with OEM brakes this week. The squealing is even louder now. It is still the worst at very low speed and light application and when the car is cold. How can I finally stop the squealing?

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      StanF 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie & Thank You for Your images, Sound & Video it was informative. I have a question for you which I believe is caused by the brakes. When I press on the brakes to slow down when driving I here a kind of low pitch thump thump thump & as the car slows down so does the sound. any ideas?

      Thank You for Your time Eddie,

      Stan

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi EM,

      I think you're right. Pads or shoes that old are very dry / brittle should be changed. Mileage isn't the only factor when it comes to brake linings. Change them and let me know how you make out, thanks.

      Hi L'Oreal,

      The rusted rotors may be causing the noise, keep in mind that the turning force of the wheels causes some flex in all your brake components. If your clearances between the calipers and rotors is minimal, they may touch in that type of situation. Hope this helps.

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      L'Oreal 7 months ago

      Your videos really helping me out because my dealer cant get it right but my problem is when i reverse its a rubbing type noise similar too your rusty rotors video its like i reverse hit the brakes while cutting the wheel...and you hear it. They said my caliber pinneds were jammed but i got it back and same thing still happening...but my rotors are really rusty so i wonder...thx for the video.

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      Em 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      The noise from my 2005 Holden Barina sounds like the squeak at the end of the first video. My rear drum brakes have been squeaking intermittently for years now. Mechanics have cleaned the rust and put lubrication on it and that only helps for a few weeks before it starts again. The noise happens alot when breaking in wet weather. I'm thinking the brakes may need to be replaced (the brakes are 9 yrs old and have done 40 miles)? However, no mechanic have said they needed replacing yet... I'm thinking that's cost drum brakes are a pain of a job!

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lady E1026,

      That would be the hub trying to engage, you need to replace the front hubs to fix the problem. Once you have them off, you'll see the damage. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

      Hi KM,

      The most common cause of that noise is the rotor backing plate touching the rotor. I recommend having the backing plate clearance checked first, keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Ruth,

      Something is too close to the rotor like the new backing plate, a screw, a piece of rust or even a caliper anti rattle clip for the brake pads.

      Hi Gary,

      Sounds like the rear brakes are out of adjustment or your brake light switch at the brake pedal is out of adjustment. The brake pedal needs to have about an inch or 2 of play, otherwise the brakes heat up the brake fluid, it expands and applies even more pressure to the brakes causing them to overheat and squeak. Let me k now what you find, thanks.

      Hi Raul,

      It sounds to me like your brake pad wear indicator is just starting to touch the rotor. I recommend having a good mechanic pull all your wheels and check both inside and out side brake pads at all wheels. Let me know what you find, thanks, and thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

      Hi Caroline,

      It sounds like you have brake pad impressions embedded into your rotors. Did the car sit for a few days or weeks? Some garages will resurface the rotor if the are thick enough. You may want to get a second opinion from a reputable shop. Let me know if you have more questions, and let me know if the car sat for a while, thanks.

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      Caroline Twiddy 7 months ago

      Hi. A few mths back my car was serviced and I needed a new spring coil and brake pads. Twice it's been back into the garage as I can hear a terrible scraping thumping noise, the garage took the brakes off and sanded all the rust off and said it it continues I'll need new brake discs. Well the noise has come back and it'll need to go back in but I don't want to be ripped off. Any advice.

      Car is a Ford Kuga 2011

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      Raul 7 months ago

      Hello. Great article. I read most of the posts, sorry I did not read them all. I have a 2009 Honda crv. I hear a high or low pitch chirping sound only when breaking at a low rpm. On city streets I can hear it clearly. On highways not so much. At one point it was a skipping grinding sound. The sound has gotten worse and Lowder. I took it into a service center and after the mechanic listened for the sound he said it was coming from both the front and the back. He said I need to replace the rotors. He also said it's OK to drive and it would not cause any serious problems. It didn't make any sense to me. I am new to attempting my own repairs. When reading one post, it may be the caliper clip. Again great article. Never knew breaks could make so much noise. Thank you for your time.

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      gary 8 months ago

      After 8 -15 miles rear brake starts making an intermittent mid tone queek noise . if you apply the hand break it goes off or the main break pedal, but the pedal is sensitive . no play.

      the noise goes then come back as you go into bends. Whe elwheel gets hot.

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      ruth 8 months ago

      hi, replaced the rear brake backing plates on 2010 safari van. Now loud squealing noise when turning left.Cannot figure out why. Any ideas?

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      Km 8 months ago

      I have a 2007 Mercedes e350. I replaced all the brake pads and rotars. I also had the brakes serviced. When driving at low speeds or turning there is a high pitched squeaking noise coming from the back drivers side rear tire. The car has all the maintenance up to date and I have only used German parts. The underplate isn't hanging or scraping on anything so Im not too sure what else it could be. I heard that there is a spring on the e brake that could be making some noise but I am not too sure what else it could be. Please advise.

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      LadyE1026 8 months ago

      Good Morning

      I have been having a "chain like rattling" sound from the front passenger side wheel. Had ball joints replaced, tie end rods replaced and now the sound is getting worse. It occurs while driving. At first it only occurred when rolling over speed bump, pot holes, now its whenever the truck is in motion. It's a 2004 Ford Explorer with 118,000 miles

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      Draquetta 8 months ago

      Hello I have a Mazda 3 2010 everytime I break I hear a scrapping noise on the front passenger side of the car do u have a idea what it could be? thnx

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vanessa,

      If you didn't have this noise before changing over to ceramic pads, most likely it's the pads are causing the noise, unless there were installed wrong or the anti rattle clip is hitting the rotor. If you had a mechanic install them, bring it back and take them for a ride to point out the noise. Let me know if this helps Vanessa, thanks.

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      Vanessa 9 months ago

      Ok, i got my new brake pads put on recently. Theyre ceramic. My rotors are only a couple months old. When i drive for a long period without hitting my brakes theyre quiet but if i get stuck in traffic theyre screeching like piglets. Whats wrong with them? Its driving me up a wall.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lianda,

      Definitely have the brakes checked, it would be the most common problem, and you can't always see the wear indicators because they are usually located on the inside pad. Sorry so late with the reply ;)

      Hi Tracy,

      Sounds like the backing plate is bent and is hitting the rotor or the anti rattle clips are not centered in the calipers.

      Hey Jeep Guy,

      Check the caliper clips, make sure they are not hitting the rotor. I would also have the u-joints checked, especially if you hear any squeaking when accelerating. The e-brake thing makes me think u-joint. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Kevin,

      Did you use OEM brake pads and rotors?

      Hi Josh,

      Did you use OEM pads? The brake warning light is usually caused by low brake fluid or the e-brake is on.

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      Nir 9 months ago

      Hi Eddie , This is Nir here from Qatar. I am driving 2003 BMW X5 3.0i. Car problem is when i drive scraping noise coming from rear passenger side...the brakes is fine and when i reverse car there is no noise.. only when it run. actually last night i washed my car... and the noise start from morning. after that i take my car to the garage and the mechanic said rear differential problem. i am not sure its true/wrong ...

      waiting for your response.. Thank You

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      josh 9 months ago

      I recently changed my brake pads on my 2006 Buick Lesabre. The brakes work fine, but (1) in inside brake light on the dash stays on sense I changed them and (2) after they get hot the brakes squeak as I come to a stop. I'm not sure what would be making this happen. Any ideas?

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      Kevin 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 Nissan Murano and i replaced the front rotors because they were bent and i also heard a squeaking noise everytime i applied the brakes so i decided to replace the rotors. The noise went away for about a month and it came back, what could it be? also the rear makes a noise like metal grinding against each other. Its more noticeable when I am at low speeds. what could it be? i dont even have to apply the brakes for that noise

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      Jeep guy8541 10 months ago

      I started hearing a squeel when braking and it was definitely coming from the front. Removed the wheels and inspected the brake pads, expecting to have to replace them. But, the pads have plenty of material left on them. Sprayed both rotors and calipers with brake cleaner. As I was tightening up the lug nuts, and the truck was rocking slightly, I heard the squeeling again. Emergency brake applied, I started rocking the truck back and forth - squeeling. Emergency brake disengaged, rocked the truck - no squeel. The noise is definitely coming from the front end. What could be causing this. BTW, 2007 Jeep Commander NOT 4x4

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      Tracy 10 months ago

      My pads and rotors were changed on the back of my 1999 Hyundai Sonata. It makes noise wether the brakes are applied or not. The slower you go the older it sounds. Any suggestions?

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      Lianda 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      My son bought a car four weeks ago and it's developed a squeak/squeal as he's driving.......the brake pads don't look worn but it's getting longer and louder.......any ideas Hun xx

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Beaz, let me know what happens :)

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      Baez 10 months ago

      Hey. Yeah I checked the backing plate and push it away a little front the rotor. It still made the noise but not as loud. I don't think I pushed it out enough, I will try again sometime this afternoon. Thanks for the input.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hamim,

      The only way is to remove the wheels and inspect the pads by looking at them.

      Hi FrogOne,

      It's very possible you need brakes now, but $150 is not expensive for parts and labor. Let me know how you make out.

      Hi Lizelle,

      It's possible you have a rock stuck in between the rotor and backing plate causing the noise. I recommend taking the mechanic for a ride to point out the noise.

      Hi Beaz,

      Most likely your rotor backing plate is bent and is touching the rotor on sharp turns. I recommend check the backing plate and bend it out of the way. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

      Hi Suzitah,

      I recommend having them checked, sometimes pads wear prematurely because of sticking calipers, it better to be safe then sorry. Let me know what you find or if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Suzitah 10 months ago

      Hello..

      Glad to read the information here. You give me the answer why there is a noise when I use the break every morning. But I noticed the same noise when I use the break rapidly. For example during the trafic jam. Is it related to its temperature? Is it normal? Or I need to replace the break pad? But I just purchased it few months ago and I think it should be worn out at least within a year. In addition, the noise is just temporary. There is no such noise if I don't use the break rapidly. I hope for your advice. Thanks.

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      Baez 10 months ago

      Hi everyone I'm new to this forum. I just recently changed the rear brakes on my 04 Lexus es330. When I take a sharp left turn the right wheel screeches loudly. Any ideas what this might be? Thanks

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      Lizelle 10 months ago

      Hey Eddie

      Please help. I replaced my cehv aveos's brakes about 6 months ago and now it sounds like if there is no brakes pads whatsoever. I got it checked out and the brake pads are still in a very good condition but if I hit the brakes it sounds like steel on steel. What can it be? Thank you

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      FrogOne 10 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have squealing only when I brake. I had new disk rotors put on the about 2 years ago. The brake guy at the time said I didn't need pads. Now for the last month or so, it squeals only when braking. The same brake guy said its possible it still didn't need pads. Does this sound right? I take it in in a few days to have him look at it. Wants to charge $150 for a complete front brake job. Not sure if that sounds high or not. Its for a 1993 Ford Ranger, 2wd short cab.

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      Hamim 10 months ago

      Hiya i was wondering if there is a away of tell if the front or back brake pads needs changing. Mines makes a squeeze when i btake not always but on and off please help

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      2002 CRV Owner 10 months ago

      Thank you for this very informative site!

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ohio,

      Thanks for the feedback :) Glad I could help.

      Hi Steve,

      The noise you're hearing is most likely coming from after market pads. I recommend trying OEM brake pads and see if that helps. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Steven 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I bought a audi a4 2010 jut over 1 month and half ago. When I took it for test drive I noticed the brakes make a high pitched squeling noise. I raised the issue to the dealer and got told if it carries on to let them know. So took it back 2 weeks later and got told they are ok and they have De greased the brakes. So took it back and is doing the same thing! It's happening when there is not much pressure on the brakes like when I'm rolling upto the traffic lights. It's really annoying me and I rang them back up yesterday to be told it's probably dust? Due to have them looked at again this week. Are they trying to have me on?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Hello from Ohio 11 months ago

      I found ur site and i really like how u explain things. It has helped me right off with a battery question. Im going to put u in my bookmarks and will definitely read more!!!!!!! Great job. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Anytime Johnny.

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      johnnymills13 11 months ago

      Many thanks! Really appreciate it!

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Johnny,

      You're welcome. The noise you're hearing is usually caused by the cut pattern in the rotor. If you look at the pad contact surface on the rotor, you'll notice chatter marks in the surface where the cutting bit was not cutting smooth. This noise will not get any worse, and eventually it will quiet down after about 3k miles, the only other remedy is to replace the rotor or have the rotor cut again. Let me know if this helps Johnny.

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      johnnymills13 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie! Thanks for posting the videos and info. Question for you... I just changed the rear brakes on a 2010 Jetta yesterday. I put on new pads, used the lubricant for the back of the pads and had the rotors resurfaced. Now, when braking, I hear a sound that "winds down" with braking... think the quintessential sound of a bomb dropping... kind of siren sounding... not a squeal or screech. Thoughts? Thanks, in advance!

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Check your wear indicators on the brake pads and the backing plates.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Miss Q,

      No, I'm saying that the mechanic could have bent a backing plate ( a thin metal plate behind the rotor) and now it's hitting the rotor. Most oil changes go by mileage these days, usually 5000 miles for a newer car.

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      Miss Q. 11 months ago

      So u saying the mechanic didn't put Rotors & Brakes on right he also was suppose to change rear cam plug is it a way for me to tell he changed it and just didn't put the parts back? I went elsewhere they stated I was 1quart low on oil..can u tell how can I tell also when it comes to oil. Which to go buy month or miles to change it

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      Miss Q. 11 months ago

      Thanku 4responding I really Appreciate that!

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rharper,

      Sorry I didn't see your question. If you going to buy the drums on line, read the customer reviews on the parts, use Amazon to help with reviews, you get some pretty good feedback from people who have already bought the parts and you'll also get to know how good the company is that you're buying from. Hope this helps.

      Hi Miss Q,

      It sounds like the backing plate is bent and is hitting the rotor, or maybe you have some debris stuck between the rotor and backing plate. If the rotor was dropped it's doesn't help, but I doubt it caused any issues, if anything, it would have cause a thumping noise when braking. Let me know if you have more questions Miss Q :)

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      Miss Q. 12 months ago

      I just had new brakes & rotors done it's been two weeks and the rotor is making a screaming noise do u know what can be causing that? Is it also bad if a rotor has been dropped?

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      Robert 12 months ago from West Texas

      I have an old 1987 Chevy Cavalier station wagon that was serviced at a local repair shop. The back brakes were replaced and the left side started sticking and making noise - however the city had started enforcing yard cleanup and bathroom laws and this shop closed down and someone took his place. I took off the left back drum and saw that the drum was thin and had grooves that were creating a lot of brake dust. Since it does not rain often I took a gallon of water and washed the brakes.

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      The question I have is what brand(s) are good? I found $22.5 plus $3.5 shipping drums (each) on the internet, however, at the local autozone or oriellys they are 49.95 a piece.

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      It's either the brake pad wear indicator hitting the rotor, or it's the rotor backing plate, sometime when the backing plate is too close to the rotor it will rub against it and cause a squeaking noise. I recommend having someone remove the wheels and check the brakes in the area you hear the noise. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Melissa 12 months ago

      I have an '09 Toyota Camry 75,xxx miles.

      4 weeks ago I started hearing a high pitched squealing sound coming from front end drivers side tire area. It only does it when I make a very sharp left or right turn, like parking in a parking lot. I have my brakes applied when this happens turning sharply, but when I drive normally and apply brakes there's no sound at all from brakes. I had my car aligned 2 weeks ago, they said one of my front tires (I forget which) was really out of alignment. I didn't hear squealing after week of alignment and sound started again a few days ago. I checked belt and it isn't loose, power steering fluid is full. My car drives no problem, just this squealing noise only when cutting steering wheel sharply at low speed. It's a constant squealing once it starts till car comes to stop. What could be causing this?

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Do you know if the brake pad contact points were lubricated during installation?

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      tree martin 13 months ago

      brakes squealing as I approach traffic signals or stop signs... not continuous through stopping process. Brand new brakes all around vehicle but there is still this faint squeal going on after rotor have been turned. Any advice is greatly appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Damian,

      I'm glad I could help you out with this noise, I wish all my readers were as enthusiastic as you, lol . Thank you for coming back here to write a comment, people like you are what keep this page alive, so I really appreciate it :)

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      Damian 13 months ago

      Thank you, of thank you, thank you. Put coilovers on my car and had a strange metal rubbing noise. Saw the the note about the flexible metal shield behind the rotors and remembered pulling on it to adjust the camber. Pushed it back out and the noise is gone. YOU'RE THE BEST!

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Travis,

      On older cars the edge of the rotor gets a build up of rust and eventually it touched the caliper or caliper anti rattle clip. I recommend checking the rotor edge for a thick ridge of rust, if it there, you can use a small hammer and chip of the loose edges, but before you start removing the rust ridge, check for any spots in the rust where the caliper or clip could have been rubbing. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Travis 13 months ago

      Good afternoon eddie,

      Thanks a lot for your videos, your video about the backing plate scratching the rotor help me fix one of my problems.

      I currently have a 1997 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8 liter car and I currently keep having the same issue over and over again.

      It's this light staggered scraping or squeaking sound on the drivers side area. It varies in how loud it sounds depending on the weather.

      Recently I had the drivers side axle replaced. As well as the brakes and rotors cleaned, &, had the backing plates pushed back so they were not bent. It was fine for a few days, then when the weather got bad, the lights scraping started again.

      When I first heard it, it was happening without pressing the brakes, then after a while of driving it, it started happening only when I was lightly pressing the brakes, and you could only hear it prominetly when I was going really slow.

      My to mechanic said it's not the brake pads, he said the brake pads will be fine for a while. My only thought at this point is at the rotor is displaced or warped, or, one of the bearings is going, or, the caliper is bad.

      I will also note that the scraping almost sounds a lot like a little bit of squeaking too.

      It's not affecting my drive at all, it's just more annoying than anything. Considering I've already dropped about $800 a try to fix it.

      What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sean,

      First, pull the wheels a check your brakes so you don't spend unnecessary money, just time. If the pads are low and the rotor look OK, install a set of decent pads for now until you can afford to do the rotors and pads. The proper way to check brakes is to measure the rotor thickness with a micrometer and resurface or replace as necessary, but a pad slap will work temporarily. Let me know if you have more questions Sean, thanks.

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      Sean 14 months ago

      My 2008 Saturn Aura XR is making a braking noise. I had the front rotors and pads done in July 2015 but didnt do the rears. Its hard to determine where the noise is specifically coming from but Im thinking its the rear. It seems to make a sqeaking noise when I start applying the brake. While I'm driving I don't hear any noises. Should I just replace the rear pads or buy new rotors as well? Just trying to save some $$$. Thanks in advance!

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Teddy,

      Did you use OEM brake pads?

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      Teddy 14 months ago

      My 1992 Toyota xli, limited hatchback, makes a squeaking sound when applying a break. I have got the rotor resurfaced, lub the calipers, changed the caliper kits. However, the sound will come after driving for a while. What should i do to eliminate the sound it is very irritating.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      James, you are an anomaly here on this post. I writing to help people with average vehicles, not people who drive 196 mph, plus you even stated yourself that the high metal content brake pads you have in your vehicle make noise on slow speeds.

      I really appreciate the information you have brought to this post, it helps people realize that a $450 brake job with rotor and pads really isn't that pricey after all lol. Thanks for your feedback James.

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      James 16 months ago

      You may want to correct some of the incorrect information in section 3) "Squeaking Noise While Driving, Due to High Metal Content in Brake Pads", It states "Some cheap brake pads are manufactured with a very high metal content...spend a few extra bucks on quality brake pads. Another reason, of course, is that your brake pads are going to stop the car in an emergency, and quality helps"

      My car has brakes with a very high steel content, which can result in a slight noise at low speed, but the quality is EXTREMELY HIGH. A set of pads will run around $1500 online (Nissan charges $8,000 for the brake job, including the rotors). A supercar needs EXTREMELY high quality brakes to stop safely from 196MPH.

      Yes, I know carbon ceramic brakes are higher quality, but spending $16,000 to upgrade, when the Nissan GT-R has this setup already, doesn't really make it feasible.

      Soo.... You may want to correct your post to say super cheap pads are metallic, as are super high quality. $20 pads at Autozone are Ceramic, $1500 pads have a high steel content.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Naeem,

      The best thing to do in this situation is to bring it back to the mechanic who did the work and take them for a ride and point out the noise, it may be a quick fix caused by human error :) Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Naeem 16 months ago

      Hi, Thank you .. this has been very helpful. I have my breaks done new pads and router resurfaced but i hear squeaky sound when i apply break below 20mph. and it seems coming from driver side wheal only. I have nissan altina 2011. i used new pads from nissan. your expert advise is required!

      thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dorothy,

      Sorry I didn't see your post sooner. Did you replace the rotors too or just the pads? Have you heard the noise lately?

      Hi Mark,

      What is the year make and model of your vehicle?

      Hi John,

      The whistle sounds like a brake wear indicator, the squeal could be the pad material. Pad material is glued to a metal backing and sometimes when brake pads are low on material you can get abnormal squeaks and squeals. I recommend having the brakes checked, it may be time to replace. Keep me posted on what you find John, thanks.

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      John 16 months ago

      I have a vauxhall zafia 2001 model and every now and then i hear a light whistle coming from my front wheel while im driving and it starts and stops making it any ideas on the issue? Also every time i break i hear a loudish sqeual is this my break pads getting low?

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      Mark 16 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the video, it was very informative. I was wondering if you could help me identify the sound coming from my brake pads. It's only audible when in reverse and I slowly realise the brake, there is a low groaning sound. Any help would be appreciated.

      Regards,

      Mark

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      Dorothy 16 months ago

      Hi Eddie, i changed all 4 disc pads about 3 weeks ago, and about 1 week or so after, started to hear a knocking sound at random while driving (not when applying the brakes and not necessarily when driving on bad roads). On top of that, squeeling when applying the brakes, started about 1 week ago. The mechanic says the squeeling is due to the quality (metal) of the pads and strangely there was no knocking sound today when we went for a test drive to hear the knocking sound. Any ideas what it could be?

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      stephanie 16 months ago

      Hey Eddie! :) hopr you're having a fantastic day!

      ...About the car my dad and his friend fixed my car! :) Yay!! Turns out the i forgot the brake hub? I think its something behind the tire that was broken (thats what the shop told him) and so they had fixed it and apparently one of my rear tire didn't have a break? And the other back tire the break somehow got broken to the point where i only had a broken break

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      I think you have a few things going on here.

      1. I think your belts are squealing and need to be adjusted or replaced.

      2. It seems like your transmission is slipping. I recommend having the fluid level and condition checked asap.

      3. If you cannot find any brake fluid leaking externally, look under the dash, follow the brake pedal up to the master cylinder rod and feel the carpet on the drivers floor, if it's wet or the master cylinder rod is dripping, you have found the leak, you'll need to replace the master cylinder.

      Let me know if this helps,and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      steph 17 months ago

      Help! Plz--2000 dodge plymouth neon

      Hey Eddie hope you're days going Awesome! ,.....i have 2 question to ask.

      1- my tires squeal when it rains, like i first start driving stop and then start driving again and they make that i guess squealing noise? You know that noise some cars make when as they say burning rubber? It happens on and off while im driving which makes it hard because the car doesn't take off when it supposed to or like normal, i have to take my foot off the accelerator and then put it back on.

      2- this started about 3 weeks ago? All of a sudden my break light came on in my car, so i went and bought a Dot 3 break fluid and filled it up. I had bought the big bottle and ended up using about 1 whole bottle in about 1 week? I told my dad since he knows about cars and we had checked behind the tire (turning the tires as well to get better view)on the wheel axel? To see if there was any dripping? And it was all dry as well as checking on top, he thinks there might be a hole in the cable but i don't know. Unfortunately we are not doing well financially, as 1 week after this happened my dad had a car crash and now i am the only one supporting the family. I am supposed to start the police academy this jan and have to pay for that as well but if this is more serious than what i think then i don't think i will be able to do that.

      Thanks for you're help Eddie much appreciated and sorry bout it being long.

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Les, great question.

      Any time a vehicle sits overnight and moisture has a chance to settle on the rotors, you'll usually get a slight squeal or grinding noise from the brakes the first few times you apply them after sitting. If it continues to squeal throughout the day at almost every stop, it could be caused by the brand of brake pads installed or something else. Let me know if this helps Les, thanks.

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      Les 17 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      These videos are very helpful, thank you for sharing. I just recently had my brakes and rotors replaced. After a few months, the squeal started just like on your first video. I had it serviced again, it did quiet down a bit but the squeal is still there once in a while when I slowly step on my brakes either going forward or in reverse. And it usually happens after an overnight parking. The mechanic have checked everything and said all were working out fine. He also changed the pin of my caliper just to make sure it wasn't that one. But I still get the squeal every once in a while. Is that normal? Do I need to bring the car to another mechanic for a second look? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Omar,

      Sounds like the brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor. I recommend having the brakes checked. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Omar 17 months ago

      I have an audi s4, and i recently changed the front rotors and brake pads and it makes a squealing noise from the passengers side when driving slow and sounds faster when driving fast and stops when pressing the brake. Any suggestions??

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Juanita,

      That's pretty common, it even happens to my vehicle. There is not much you can do about it, it's usually caused by a thin layer of rust built up on the rotor surface cause by dew, condensation, humidity or rain, once you hit the brakes a few times it goes away. If you could park in a controlled environment like a garage, you wouldn't have this issue. Let me know if this helps Juanita, thanks.

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      Juanita 17 months ago

      I have a 2002 PT Cruiser, and recently the brakes have been squealing. I believe the back, but it is only when I first start out, and usually after it has been parked for hours, like when Im at work, or over night. Like the first 3 or 4 times I apply the brakes, then it stops. When I brake, nothing and they always seem to work fine....Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danny,

      If the noise goes faster and slower with vehicle speed, it's most likely something to do with the brake calipers, pads, or rotors. That's where I recommend you start looking, so first find out which wheel the noise is coming from and inspect that area for something hitting or rubbing the rotor like a rotor backing plate or caliper clip. Keep me posted on what you find Danny, thanks.

      Hi Randall,

      Try greasing the rear u-joint, I know it sounds silly but give it a shot and keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Bryan,

      You are the MAN!! Thank you so much for the feedback, it truly is priceless :)

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      Bryan 18 months ago

      Useful article and video, car been driving fine but this evening had horrible grating metal on metal sound when wheels turning.

      Followed Eddie's article with regards metal backing plate and grating sound gone. Prime suspect being small piece of gravel from the various roadworks.

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      Randall 18 months ago

      Hey i have a 2003 f150. I am hearing a squeaky noise from the rear after i apply the brakes and turn. It sounds like a squeaky old bed. I replaced the pads but squeaking still occurs. I also replaced the e brake shoes. Still occurs.

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      Danny 18 months ago

      Great article, thanks. I just bought a new (used) car and there is a sound coming from it when driving. It's sounds like an insect, such as a cricket. It speeds up when going faster and slows down when driving slowly. Any ideas or advice please?

      Many thanks,

      Danny

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Manny,

      Rotors most likely will not stop the squeak, did you use OEM brake pads?

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      manny 18 months ago

      Love your site. I hear squeak/screeching sound on the front driver side when I brake. I replaced old with new pads (old brakes still looked new) hoping that the squeaks would stop, but later in the day, the squeaks came back. When I did the inspection, I noticed top sliding pin boot was ripped, so I replaced them (all four) and lubricated them with brake silicon. Still it squeaks. Would I need to get new rotors that could stop the squeaks? It's a 2000 Dodge Stratus.

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      It sounds like you have something caught between the rotor backing plate and caliper, or the backing plate is bent and need to be adjusted. I recommend bringing it back to where you bought it to have them check it out, it should be an easy fix, and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Daniel 18 months ago

      I bought a 2000 Buick lesabre limited and when I'm driving if I turn while applying the brakes I hear a rubbing sound almost like the sound when your brakes have moisture on them but it's been doing it since I got the car and only does it when I'm turning and braking

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rita,

      I Recommend replacing the brake pads with OEM Ford Brake pads to start. The OEM pads are made with the best brake material and will fit in the calipers the best. Brakes will usually squeak a little in the am when the rotors are wet from dew or rain, but they shouldn't continue to squeak. The mechanic also needs to apply lube to all the pad and caliper contact points, that should stop most of your squeaks. Let me know what you decide to do Rita, thanks.

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      Rita D 19 months ago

      Hi Eddie,I leave to work at 4:45am when I leave my apt outdoor parking lot I'm braking before leaving the driveway and my brakes are squeaking so loud I'm afraid of waking up the neighbors but more so being stopped by the police that patrols that area at that time,I drive 2miles before getting to the freeway (squeaking at stops)and 8 miles on the freeway to work I notice they are not squeaking after I'm off freeway,but after work after car has been sitting 7-8 hours it squeaks agan when leaving. I have a 2001 Ford Taurus.I last had my brakes worked on by a friend (backyard mech) 13 months ago could not stand the squeaky noise he said the noise will go away after awhile it did not,11 months ago I took it to Pepboy they redid the job and it still squeaked I returned it a couple times they continued to say same thing about the squeaking(6mo),now for awhile basically after its been sitting it squeaks. I always warm my car 1-2 min before driving off. Plez Help.

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      Good question. No, you should never spray any chemical on brake rotors or pads. Rust is the natural brake down of metal, the only way to prevent rust on rotors is to park under shelter or in a garage, but it's still not a 100% guarantee because of humidity. Hope this helps :)

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      Jess 20 months ago

      Can you spray anything on brakes to help with rust?

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks RTalloni,

      Everyone has a special talent and it sounds like your husband is tuned into mechanics. Trying to help people with there car noises on line is a bit challenging, but for the most part, I just point them in the right direction :)

      Thanks mikeydcarroll67, I really appreciate the feedback.

      Thank you whonunuwho, your feedback is priceless.

      Hi Kristen, thanks for the vote, HOTD was a bonus today, I had no idea :)

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Eddie. This was real interesting and informative to know. Voted up for useful! Congrats on HOTD!

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      whonunuwho 20 months ago from United States

      Great info my friend and well presented. Thanks for this valuable information and it might just prevent a bad accident. whonu

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      mikeydcarroll67 20 months ago

      I love how much detail you decided to cover! It is very beneficial! I hope that others find this useful when trying to fix their breaks in the future.

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      RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this very useful post. My husband has an affinity for the mechanics of vehicles. The other day we were walking across a parking lot when a van drove by making a noise. When he asked me if I heard it I realized I had but had paid no attention to it. Lesson 1, pay attention. :) Anyway, he said, "It is the … something …" I have no idea the "something" now, but the sound alone told his ear the story. I asked how long they had to get it repaired and he said a month or two maybe, which surprised me. All that to say, your post on the sounds of brake issues caught my eye because I had just imagined how funny people like me must sound to mechanics when trying to describe what is happening with their vehicle. My husband's eyes will enjoy your post on what ears hear when brakes squeak.

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      If the left wheel is getting hotter than the right, it possible your caliper may be sticking, overheating the pad, and causing the squeak. Any time one wheel is hotter then the others, it's a red flag for an issue, all brakes should be about the same temp (both front the same and both rear the same, front brakes are always hotter then the rear because they do about 70% of the braking) Let me know if this helps.

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      Johngoldman 20 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Great post! I have a Toyota Camry 2001, I recently got a new set of front brake pads. The front left started squeaking a lot in a week. I took it back to my mechanic and he said the rotors need to be changed. So I got new rotors and new pads. Again, the front left started to squeal in two to three days of driving (~100 miles).

      The squeal is is only from the front left. It happens only when the brakes are warmed up and are used heavily(like when driving in a city). While braking they start squealing when the car is in the 10 -30 MPH hour range.

      I took it back to the mechanic and he said sometimes the rotors have a problem. He replaced both the rotors again along with the pads, and now after using it for a week, the squeal is back again(although it's lesser). It's the same type of squeal - happens only after 10 - 15 mins of stop and go driving and only while breaking.

      What do you think could be the issue here?

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      Johngoldman 21 months ago

      Hi Randy,

      Great post! I have a Toyota Camry 2001, I recently got a new set of front brake pads. The front left started squeaking a lot in a week. I took it back to my mechanic and he said the rotors need to be changed. So I got new rotors and new pads. Again, the front left started to squeal in two to three days of driving (~100 miles).

      The squeal is is only from the front left. It happens only when the brakes are warmed up and are used heavily(like when driving in a city). While braking they start squealing when the car is in the 10 -30 MPH hour range.

      I took it back to the mechanic and he said sometimes the rotors have a problem. He replaced both the rotors again along with the pads, and now after using it for a week, the squeal is back again(although it's lesser). It's the same type of squeal - happens only after 10 - 15 mins of stop and go driving and only while breaking.

      Also the front left seems to be hotter than the front right.

      What do you think could be the issue here?

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randy,

      Have you inspected all you brake pads yet? Inner and outer pad thickness? That's where I recommend you start. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andrew,

      I highly doubt it the brake pad wear indicator, it has to be hitting the rotor for it to make noise. So this is what I recommend; find which wheel is making the noise ( you need to be positive this is where the noise is coming from) remove the caliper, rotor and all clips from the caliper and inspect them for rub marks. something is touching and most likely if it a metal part rubbing another metal part, it will leave a shiny mark somewhere. sometimes the caliper clips are not centered and will cause a chirp or squeak. What is the year make and model of the vehicle? Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Tino 21 months ago

      I have a 2009 Mazda3, and I personally replaced all 4 rotors and pads (no noise coming from depressed brakes, prior to replacement). Anti-vibrate lube was put on back of pads. All metal contact points were lubed with hightemp lube.

      High squeaking noise continues when breaking. If I pump the breaks prior to depressing break pedal to stop, noise is minimized. What is causing this annoying noise and how do I fix it? Thanks

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      Randy 21 months ago

      I have a 1500 4x4 Ram that has 1 front brake that screeches some at very low speed and light constant peddle pressure. If I press the peddle hard there is no sound. What your thought on this?

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      Andrew 21 months ago

      I've gone through many of these not all so forgive me if I ask something that someone else has asked. Back in 2012 we had a big snow and ice storm (well big to us in the Pac Northwest), I took my Subaru through many unplowed roads and later started hearing a grinding/squeaking noise (not continuous and only seems like on one spot on the wheel as it turns so it is more of a squeak - squeak - squeak... The rims were covered in brake dust and rotors were much hotter than the other three after a short drive. Weeks later I pulled the right rear wheel off to check the pad, what I saw was the pad had been tilted at an angle - don't know how this happened but it was wearing one side down fast as the other was barely touching. As I tried to compress the caliper I could notice it was almost frozen but was able to get it open. I went and bought a new caliper to replace it, unfortunately they gave me the wrong side so after getting everything apart and ready to install the new one I had to put the old one on. So I went until this year until finally replacing the caliper, sure enough the new brake pad only had 1-5% left. I brought the rotors in to be turned and the auto parts store said they still looked new, I guess with a heavy constant force on it this happened?

      Alright sorry for that long ongoing story, but here is what I'm getting to, prior to replacing the caliper this year I took it to Les Schwab to get the tires rotated (don't really care to do this but used it as an excuse to see if they could figure out the squeaking noise). They told me it was my brake pads and they needed to be replace for way too much - so that is when I decided to do it. After replacing the sticky caliper with a new one and new pads (only on that rotor - I know you're supposed to do both side but I didn't), I checked all other pad life and they were still all around 80-90% left.

      I thought this would've solved my problem but no, I still have the squeaking and cannot figure out why, it isn't all the time, most times it is when first starting out but I park in a garage that is very well insulated so it isn't rust - and I've looked for rust in the past and haven't really seen it. But other times I'll just be driving then you'll start hearing the squeaking - or I guess you could call it more of chirping. I've rarely noticed it on the freeway but at times you can hear it faintly. As far as quality of pads I always thought (before reading your comment) that brake pads are brake pads, the difference in quality won't make much of a difference and when a pad is gone your just metal to metal, still can brake but just destroying the rotors.

      I had a buddy tell me to grind off the squealer but I couldn't imagine that is causing the noise but honestly after years of this noise it is getting to me.

      Once again sorry for the lengthy story but don't wanted to give you the history I've had on the brakes.

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jarelitzi,

      I didn't see your post, sorry. I recommend checking the rotor backing plate, also watch my video above the comments here on this page, that will also help you diagnose the noise. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Isaac,

      You may have two separate problems here. Are you sure the metal popping sound is not the exhaust cooling down? Can you describe the wheel skipping sound? If it's a high pitched chirping noise, it may be the wear indicator tab on your brake pads warning you your pads need to be replaced.

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      Isaac V. 22 months ago

      My car makes a skipping wheel sound while driving periodically and it stops when I apply the brakes. When I'm done driving, I hear a metallic popping sound like the brake calipers are releasing. Could this mean my brake calipers are going bad?

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      Jarelitzi 22 months ago

      Hi I have a 2006 Chrysler 300. Recently 2 months ago I got nee rotors in the front of my car and now 2 days ago I went and got new brakes and pads in the front as well. When I drive my car makes a scraping sound on the right front side. what could it be and how can I fix the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roy,

      You probably bent the rotor backing plate or maybe some rust flakes got between the rotor and backing plate. You could try bending the plate out of the way or you may need to remove the wheel to inspect it.

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      RoyGrimes 23 months ago

      I just had my front brakes changed and now I hear a metal to metal screech on the rear brakes. I hear it when driving and backing out. I also hear it when I'm not pushing the brakes. What does it mean?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      No Problem Bob, and thank you for fighting for my freedom and putting your life on the line for me, there are no words that can express my extreme gratitude. Congrats on the twins :)

      Back to the noise;

      It sounds like either you have a small pebble stuck between the backing plate and rotor, or your brake pads are at the wear indicators. Your going to need to pull the wheels to check the brakes. Did you try pushing on the rotor backing plate with a long screwdriver to try to dislodge any debris that may be caught in between? Let me know Bob?

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      Cpl Bob 2 years ago

      I appreciate the quick response. I forgot to put that it was a metal to metal sound .The only reason it left me wondering, was because it only squeaks the loudest at higher speeds(30-55) and when making slight right turns. I do here a squeak when making full right turns and driving straight now, but It is much quieter. Like I said I appreciate the help and thank you. Just had twins and I'm about to get medically separated from the marine corps, so money is about to be tough.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob, Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback :)

      The noise, is it a high pitched squeak like a metal tab dragging or is it more like a rubber bushing squeaking? I'm thinking it either the brake pad wear indicator or maybe you picked up a small rock and it's stuck between the backing plate and rotor? Let me know, thanks.

      I have another website, SimpleCarAnswers. com where you can post pictures of your issue and ask questions too, just a little more interactive on that site if you ever need to send me pictures of you issue.

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      Cpl Bob 2 years ago

      I've got a 2005 f150 4x4. Was just driving and was hearing a squick. I was only a slight noise while turning right and a little louder while going 30 or so changing to the right lane. Any idea on what I could be. By the way great job your doing here, very informative.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Glad I could help mcorsaut10, you know where to find me if you ever need any automotive advice :)

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      mcorsaut10 2 years ago

      @eddiecarrara

      11 Days ago I asked a question about my 1990 Toyota Camry with the really bad sound. Well the mechanic looked at it again and it ended up being the rotor backing plate was rubbing against the rim. Thanks for your help. That sound was terrible.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Glenn,

      Do you hear the noise when braking or just while driving? Let me know, thanks.

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      glenn lewis 2 years ago

      I just had my brakes and rotors replace with brand new ones..when I drive I still here these weird grinding sound from the front..what causes that noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mcorsaut10, I would check the rotor backing plate, on the older cars they tend to rot off and start rubbing against the rotor. Check that and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      mcorsaut10 2 years ago

      Trying to figure out what this bad grinding noise is?

      1990 Toyota Camry

      It started with this loud grinding noise every time I drive from the front passenger brake. I went on ahead and changed the brake pad, disc, and the caliper. After changing all of it, it still has that grinding noise. Sounds like metal on metal and the brake gets really hot. Please help. Thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Agi,

      Do your brakes make the noise when braking or just while driving?

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      Agi 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie. Here's my dilemma. 06 Dodge stratus. New rotors and pads put on less than 2 years ago. Brakes started to make an unusual sound several months ago. Took car back to Pep Boys. Their response was brake pads and rotors look good. As a precautionary measure Pep B resurfaced rotors. Still hear noise. Had a could of (shade tree) mechanics check it out. Both said brakes look good. Afraid the dealership will charge me an "arm & leg" (can't afford). Noise best described as a slight rubbing (no metal). Any suggestions? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Rita, Yes, I had a nice Christmas, hope you did as well :)

      I would have the ball joints checked to see if they really do need replacing, then I would get at least one more quote, and have them quote it with OEM parts, then you'll know if the first quote was reasonable. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Rita, and Happy New Year!

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      Rita 2 years ago

      Hello Eddie, I hope you had a great holiday with family and friends!

      Sent my Mazda CX-9 to Mazda service center and they told me the brake pad shims were missing and that had caused the screeching sound. Total cost was $250. I know I got ripped! Do you think the auto repair shop where I had the rear brakes replaced should responsible for this cost? Also, along with this cost Mazda, as usual, found few other problems with the car and recommended repair. One of them was the front lower ball joints which he said were so loose that the tires might fall off anytime. That replacement cost is $850, not including cost for alignment, other jobs that linked to such replacement. I told them i will definitely get one or two more quotes. What do you think it is a reseanble price? I know the parts are expensive. I would love to give them the job as it is the original part, but I have a feeling the difference would be big. Thanks and I look forward to hearaing from you.

      Regards,

      Rita

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rita,

      Thanks you :) Some aftermarket brake pads have large metal flakes in the brake pad material, this is what usually causes the brakes to squeak like in your situation. If you take it to the dealership, they will probably be able to tell you what is causing the noise as soon as they hear it, and most likely they will recommend Mazda pads to fix the problem. Let me know if this helps, and keep me posted on the fix, thanks Rita :)

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      Rita 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Your web is ver informative! I was watching one of your video on how the rear brakes screeches after the car wash. I was like, yes, this is exactly how brakes of my car screeches each time after rainy day and a car wash. Although it happens only on the first brake application, still it wakes up the neighbor. I had the rear brakes replaced few months ago and this screechy sound started after the brakes replacement. I took it back and they replaced both brakes and rotors from the manufacturer made...still it screeches! I called them and was told, they have done all they could and I have to send my car in to the dealer. I have not sent it in yet. The mechanic told me to give it some time and it will go away which I doubt so. Should I send it in to Mazda, or should I wait? I don't mind if it is a little squeaky sound, not the high-pitch screech though. Please help. Thanks and take care!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wes,

      No worries, it's not a waste of time, but I appreciate your concern :) It's sounds like you have two different problems;

      1. the vibration is most likely tire balance or a tire that will not come into balance no matter what. You may want to try having the tires balanced at a different shop.

      2. If the shudder when braking is in the steering, it's usually caused by the front rotors being warped, you may need to have them resurfaced or replaced to remedy the problem. If the seats shake when braking, it's most likely the rear brakes, same remedy as front.

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      WesP 2 years ago

      First of all let me thank you for your response secondly I don't mean to waste your time I should have given you all the facts in the beginning when I first got this truck it was very apparent to me it had been neglected I replaced the upper ball joints stabilizer links front rotors and pads rear brakes when I pulled the rear drums off they were very very filthy and thoroughly cleaned everything used two cans of brake cleaner cleaning everything even the backing pads I had a 2000 Durango SLT previously I always did all the brake work to it myself never had any issues also the shuddering that I am experiencing only happens at it high speeds and only happens when I brake hard doing 70+ miles an hour I'm also getting a slight vibration at 75 to 80 miles an hour I'm kind of a shade tree mechanic but I'm lost with this issue at first I thought it was the tires I took it to a local tire shop they checked out the tires they said the tires were fine any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sara,

      I recommend having the rear brakes check, it sounds like they are probably getting low and the wear indicator is making noise. Let me know what you find Sara, thanks.

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      Sara 2 years ago

      Hi. Thanks you for writing this. It is very informative. Unfortunately the noise that my car makes isn't one listed.

      The noise is best described as a lower horn-like sound. It only makes the noise when pressing on the brakes in reverse.

      Have you heard of anything like it? What could this be?

      (I drive an 07 toyota camry hybrid)

      Thanks in advance!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Burks,

      You should always replace pads when resurfacing rotors, unless the pads are new, but I highly doubt the pads are what's making the noise, it's most likely the rotors, maybe some rust is built up on the edge and is hitting a caliper or caliper shim, but it's very unlikely it's the pads.Keep me posted on what you find Burks, thanks.

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      Burks 2 years ago

      I just had my rotors resurfaced because my steering wheel would shake when applying my break. I didn't have my break pads replaced at the time.

      Immediately following having my rotors resurfaced, I began hearing a slight thumping/clicking from the front right side when I apply the break at low speeds.

      I took my car back into the shop to have it looked at, and they're recommending I have my pads replaced.

      Does this sound legit or possibly this issue may be occurring because of the recent resurfacing and they're just trying to get more $$ out of me?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi PFC Caraballo Raymond ,

      It's very unusual to have calipers squeak but yes, you can lube the slide pins and the contact points. I wrote an article on "How to Replace Honda Brake Pads, Tips and Precautions" there are a lot of good tips in that article with some pictures on where to lube any kind of caliper, just go to my profile page and it should be pretty easy to find. Let me know if this help, or if you have any other questions, thanks PFC Caraballo Raymond.

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      PFC Caraballo Raymond 2 years ago

      My front right wheel squeaks but not while driving. It happens when the car is in park and I pump the breaks. Is there any way I can lub them if so how? Thanks in advance for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jodee,

      If your still hearing noise I would definitely bring it back, there is no such thing a having to let the brake pads wear in, lol ( I love the excuses mechanics give their customers just so they don't have to fix the problems) I't's possible an anti rattle clip is out of position or there is some rust stuck behind the rotors. I would bring it back and ask them to check it again, tell them you will not accept the noise if it normal and they need to replace the pads again.

      Front rotors will always be hotter than the rears because the front brakes do 70% of the braking. Keep me posted on what happens Jodee, I'm curious to know what the mechanic says this time :) thanks.

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      jodee 2 years ago

      Dealer resurfaced front rotors & installed high quality ceramic break pads. I heard a rubbing/scraping noise as the car pulled out of the lot. They did a test drive, said the shield behind the rotors was ok, then said the brakes have to wear in for a week. Over a week has gone by,but I still hear the noise when the car is going slow & when the brakes are applied. The front rotors are very very hot after the car is parked, while the rear rotors are only warm. Is anything wrong, should I bring it back again?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi philipariel and thank you very much for the feedback. I noticed you don't have any Hubs written yet. With all your talent, I was hoping to see a Hub published soon. I know a lot of people have a hard time getting their first Hub published because of one thing or another (it's mostly the stories we tell to ourselves in our heads, lol) but you just have to get past the first step. So, What are you waiting for? Put you fingers on the keyboard and get cracking :) Hope to see a hub published soon.

      Eddie

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      Philip Verghese Ariel 3 years ago from Secunderabad, Telangana

      Very informative post.

      The video is very nice

      and well presented.

      Thanks

      Best Regards

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