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Old 03-22-2005, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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everytime i slow down my brakes squeak....sometimes its kinda loud but other times its quite. What could be the problem?
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a few things. First thing you wanna check is your brake pad level. Pull off your wheels and take a look.

If your pads are fine then its just normal squeeking. First thing I would do is grab a bottle of brake cleaner and spray your brakes down really well to remove any impurities that might cause it. Then if that doesn't do it go down a straigh path at a good rate of speed and slam on your brakes. What this does is it breaks up some of the grooves thtat your brake pads and brake rotors tend to create within each other. Or you can just do a windy run and be sure to use your brakes hard core. But only after you know the pads themselves are ok.
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ok man thanks for the advise....this weekend ill be taking off my wheels anyway to install my new m3 double spokes on so when i take them off ill check all the pads. Ill also be posting a pic of my car with my new wheels on....
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Or you can just do a windy run and be sure to use your brakes hard core. But only after you know the pads themselves are ok.
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Be careful, you do not want to glaze your pads or get the braking system so hot that the fluid boils and reducing the ability to apply hydraulic pressure to the bads, or cause brake fade where the pads wern't designed to operate at such high temperatures.
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ya, just go try come brake cleaner...
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Where did you get your breaks? It may have to do with the actual pads hat thaey put in there. If you don't have it done at a dealer, they'll prob put in shitty ones. I'd suggest goiong to to dealer if you have the extra money
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You can also remove the pads and if they have enough life left in them, reinstall and, just apply some anti noise compund, disc quiet, etc. to the back of the outer pads. Most squeals are cause by a slight vibration in the pad. It's turning at such high rpm, any little movement in the pad will cause a vibration which in turn will cause a squeal. The compund, or paste fills the void.
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thanks for all replys....either tomorrow or monday of next week ill be putting on my new wheels so ill check out the brakes and use some brake cleaner.
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