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Old 09-03-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Default Brakes creak when slowing to a stop

I put new front pads and rotors on my 97 SL2 last November. Recently they have started making a creaking sound as I slow to a stop. It's not the squealing sound of a wear indicator. It's not really a grinding sound either. The best I can describe it is a low creaking. It only happens at very low speeds.

In addition, the brakes pulse when braking at high speeds. I have no idea why the rotors would be uneven already, but that's what it feels like. If it makes a difference, they are good quality rotors (I don't remember the brand) but the pads were super cheap, about $22.

I'm mostly curious about the creaking. Any idea what it might be, or what I should look for when I take the wheels off?
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Brakes creak when slowing to a stop

Did you bed-in the pads when you installed them? This could cause the pulsing at high speed.

The creak sounds normal to me, my auto Grand Am did it if I wasn't pushing the brake hard enough to stop the auto-creep.
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Brakes creak when slowing to a stop

I bedded them in. Anyway, they only started vibrating recently. Everything has been fine until the past week or so.

I asked another knowledgeable car guy and he said not to worry about the creaking. I'm not really comfortable ignoring it, but maybe I should.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Brakes creak when slowing to a stop

Are they still bringing your car to a stop?
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Brakes creak when slowing to a stop

I may be on the wrong track calling this a brake problem.

The aforementioned knowledgeable car guy pointed out that it may well be clutch related, perhaps the throw-out bearing. My car has 180,000 miles on it and the original clutch has been due for replacement for a long time now (hard to shift). The fact that I hear creaking when I come to a stop may be because I'm depressing the clutch pedal. What's more, the creaking has become much more noticeable since I drove into LA yesterday after spending previous weeks in the cooler northern states. It's incredibly hot here, and I'm told the clutch bearing issue could be exacerbated by heat.
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