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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Squeal

Anyone have a problem with your front brakes squealing lightly. I had my brakes done about 3 months ago at the dealership and every so often they squeal lightly just for a second. I happens more often when they are cold and goes away when they warm up. Also if it is raining it goes away.

I went into the dealers to ask them about it and they told me it was because they are metallic pads. And the noise would go away over time. Just wanted to ask you knowledgable folks if this sounds like it could be true or if its just a load of bull?
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metallic pads are slightly noiser will last longer though, if its a light occasional squeal it should be fine

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Funny a Ford dealership would have replaced the pads with semi-mets, the OEM pads are NAO. They must have been going cheap, semi-mets do last longer, but generally don't stop as well in normal braking and, as you already noticed, tend to be noisy. Permatex makes a good product that generally will take the noise out of them, it's called Disc Brake Quiet. It's a blue spray you put on the back of the pads and stops the noise by making the pads stick to caliper pistons(noise is caused by the pads vibrating quickly against the caliper/anchor). So far as the noise going away with time, they're BSing you, you will have the noise until the pad is replaced or they add a noise suppresant of some sort to them.
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Would Canadian Tire sell that Permatex product? And if not where can I get some of it? I am debating just replacing them with a better product myself. Like EBC or something.
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No we don't sell it at work, I order it in from a local auto parts store(APM Ltd.), runs about $13/can if I remember correctly.
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So I guess just head to an auto parts store and try my luck. lol
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CTC in Ontario sells it. At least in the Hamilton/Burlington area. So does Auto Parts Source, Napa and a host of others. It's common stock here, but not as a spray. Just a small tube of semi-liquid. Looks almost like medium strength Lock-tite. Some people will use high temp. silicone to accomplish the same effect.

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That's not the stuff I'm talking about. That product is similar to a silicone RTV, the product I'm refering is a spray can, 1/2 the size of a regular paint can. The silicone stuff doesn't work as well and makes a mess that hard to remove.
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you could also have dust build-up on the leading edge of the pad.


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I've been having a similar issue with my Ranger since they had to replace the calipers 5K ago. Ford bought the calipers and I bought the pads & rotors. The new pads squeal on every application of the brakes and will start from when I touch the pedal to when the truck comes to a stop. I put up with it for 5K until my next service was due.
I had it back to the dealer on Wednesday, funny it was raining, and they wouldn't make any noise for them. They cleaned them up, and I didn't even get from the dealer back to my office before they were squealing again. I drove a ton today, and while it's not a continuous squeal it's getting longer and longer when I apply the brakes.
I'm going to let it go until it's consistently every application and then drop in to have them go for a ride with me. It's frustrating, but I believe eventually they'll get it fixed.
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