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Old 04-15-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

So I replaced my rotors and pads (they needed it) on my 2002 SL2 and I'm still getting a squeal when I'm nearing a stop. I don't get the noise immediately when I press the breaks...like I said its mostly when coming to a complete stop. Same noise I had before I changed everything. I should also say that I have a bad wheel bearing but I wouldn't think that would cause a high squeal. I'm puzzled.

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Old 04-15-2018, 11:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

Did you use the anti-squeal grease that comes with most pads?

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Old 04-16-2018, 12:22 AM   #3
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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

From my days as a counterman at two different stores this type of complaint was heard with some frequency. Squeeling results from metal on metal vibration/movement and it typically relates to disc brake hardware. Be sure that all hardware parts which require lubrication have had it applied correctly. This is easy to overlook.

Quality brake pads for your car come with some type of shim attached to the back of the pad for noise reduction and many include the necessary hardware. It's highly recommended that such brake hardware be replaced whenever the disc brakes - front or rear - require pad replacement.

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1) brake hardware replaced, and
2) did any points requiring lubrication receive it?

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Old 04-16-2018, 07:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

Hey thanks for the replies everyone. I just bought the basic Duralast pads/rotors. They did not come with any extra hardware/grease. I'll lube them up and see if that helps.

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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

You should get the hardware kit that includes the anti rattle clips and caliper boots - it's usually $5 or so.

Replace the clips and remove the old boots. I typically, run a drill through the side of the caliper bracket which has the boot that goes through the entire assembly. The drill bit cleans out the corrosion and rust that accumulates and allows the caliper pin to slide more freely. A sticking caliper pin can cause unexpected squeaks.

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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

Macgyver's point is correct. He's provided good advice!

Please remember that there are some parts which require a lubricant and others which do not. Placing lubricant where it doesn't belong will, in all likelihood, lead to unforeseen brake problems. If you're not referring to a repair manual of some kind ask for advice here as to which items require lubricant, or (in no order of importance)

1) go online and purchase a subscription to http://alldatadiy.com/;
2) purchase a Haynes or Chilton manual;
3) search within local libraries as some do have automotive repair manuals.

4) Purchase new front disc brake hardware. Do not reuse the old parts. (Just in case you're considering this, lubricating the back of the brake pads is not recommended.)

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Default Re: Replaced rotors and pads -- still have a squeal

I'm gonna replace the brake hardware this week sometime and I'll report back!

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