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Old 08-22-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Squeaky brakes

When I step on the brakes there is almost always a bit of a squeak or screech.
My bake pads are fairly new, Need I be concerned about the noise?

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Old 08-22-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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Well, if you can live with the noise, in most cases no. Some brake materials, particularly the cheaper ones and some ceramics, just make noise. The noise is a high-frequency vibration. This is where anti-squeel shims and adhesives come into play. One time where you should be concerned is that the noise is sometimes an indication of a glazed lining. This is where curing resins rise to the surface of the lining and form a hard surface. This greatly reduces braking performance. But you didn't mention anything like that so I assume it's just some ordinary chatter.

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Old 08-24-2008, 11:13 PM   #3
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It's likely the anti-squeal silicone gel was not applied properly or not liberally enough on the back of the brake pads.

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:49 AM   #4
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Default Re: Squeaky brakes

What I've always wondered is how the anti-squeal "lube" on the BACK of a brake pad actually stops squeaking. Anyone care to shed some light on this? I'm stumped... or am I just missing something here?

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What I've always wondered is how the anti-squeal "lube" on the BACK of a brake pad actually stops squeaking. Anyone care to shed some light on this? I'm stumped... or am I just missing something here?
The squeak is due to a resonating oscillation (vibration) between the brake pad and the rotor (or shoe and drum). The goo often put on the back of the pads is there to dampen that vibration so that the noise is either eliminated or moved to a frequency that's less annoying to human ears. All bets are off for your pooch though.

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http://www.aa1car.com/library/tr996.htm

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Old 08-27-2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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I had my Saturn dealership check out the squeaky brakes today. They said my rear brakes had a bent metal plate. They straightened the plate and the noise is gone. Cost: $61.30.

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