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squeeky brakes

all of a sudden i got squeeky brakes, how do i fix my problem??
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Where's the squeak/squeal coming from? Front? rear? Either way, it probably means you need new pads (or shoes on the rear), and possibly new rotors (drums on the rear). I'm guessing it's the front, so R&R it as soon as possible. Maybe you can get by w/ just new pads. If it's squealing, it's either the "squeallers" on the pads letting you know they are shot, or if it doesn't have "squealers", the pads are down into the rivets. Or it could be something else. A keeper rusted off or broken allowing the pad to move, etc. Gotta pop the wheel and caliper to see what's amiss. My truck is 3/4" lug nuts and 14mm on the caliper bolts, even though everything i've read says the caliper bolts are 13mm. The big bolts (if you gotta get the rotors off are 15mm. Put some of that anti-brake squeal slobbery stuff on the backs of your new pads where they make contact w/ the calipers. Might save you tearing back into it.
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If they put de-icer on the roads that could be getting on your brakes and making them squeek. but you should check to see if they arent worn out first.
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If they put de-icer on the roads that could be getting on your brakes and making them squeek. but you should check to see if they arent worn out first.
His location is Florida. Probably not de-icer.
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If they put de-icer on the roads that could be getting on your brakes and making them squeek. but you should check to see if they arent worn out first.

ahahahahaha... de-icer, what the hell is that dude, like he said ^ im in florida..

oh and 03XLT, thats alot of good info so thanks for the help. i got to check it out.
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Are they semi-metallic brake pads? They can get a film of corrosion on em pretty quick.
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i have no idea, wht evr the stock ones are
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Stock is semi-metallic. The pads may have glazed over. Either buy new ones or take th old ones off and rub them agenst concrete to get the glazing off.
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03XLT, thats alot of good info so thanks for the help. i got to check it out.
you're surely welcome. Let us know what you find. It's not too hard of a job. If you gotta get the rotors off, the 15mm bolts holding the caliper bracket on ae tight, so be prepared. Long breaker bar, 1/2" ratchet, etc. You'll need something w/ some leverage. I smacked my breaker bar w/ a ball peen hammer and they popped loose right away. The caliper brackets come over the rotor, so you have to take them off if you need to remove the rotors. The rotor will be frozen on the hub. Remove the 2 (on my truck) keepers on the lug studs, then beat around the hub w/ a hammer, not hitting the lug studs, and then from behind where the caliper normally rides before you moved it out of the way. Hang the caliper from some tie wire on something handy under there so it isn't hanging by the rubber brake line. Keep hitting it and turning the rotor so you're hitting a different area each few blows. You'll think it will never come off, but it will. make sure your keepers and anything else in there isn't out of whack.
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