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Brakes are sqeauling but pads are good...wth?

Ok so my brakes are squealing like crazy sometimes when I brake but I have taken the pads off and checked them and they still have tons of padding left so wth? I am stumped as to why it is squealing. Also my ABS light is on but I think that is the sensor on the pumpkin. So what do you guys think?
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My ceramic pads would squeak under light braking and they had plenty of life.

Turns out since I didn't replace or turn my rotors when I switched to ceramic, they didn't set right and caused the squealing and subsequent brake dust
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i have people come in everyday for this problem at the dealership i work at just deal with it only thing you can do is change pads
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that is not a good suggestion. if i came to your dealership and you told me to just deal with it and keep changing the pads, i'd find a new dealership.

i'm aware that some squeek or squeal more then others so myabe try switching to a different brand. if they still make noise, they probably need to be realigned or the rotors need to be machined so there isn't any uneven surfaces.
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that is not a good suggestion. if i came to your dealership and you told me to just deal with it and keep changing the pads, i'd find a new dealership.
Lol yeah pretty sure I would find a new dealer to take my truck to if I was ever told that hahaha.


Guess I will get some new pads and have the rotors re surfaced and see what happens. Thanks guys
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There is this stuff that we used at the dealer I used to work at and you put it on the pads and let it dry then slap the pads back on and drive it around the parking lot with a few hard brakes and the brakes go quiet. Most of the time we would turn the rotors too if it was real pad.
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If you decide to get new pads look at Wagner Thermoquiet
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The back of the pads need to be cleaned as well as the caliper. They also need a bit of brake grease to help with vibration and noise.

If you didn't turn your rotors I bet you didn't clean and re-lube your sliders either. You need to pull the bolts that hold the caliper on and remove the rubber bellows and clean the pins. If they have rust then they will need a bit of the wire wheel. Lube them with the hi temp brake grease too.
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that is not a good suggestion. if i came to your dealership and you told me to just deal with it and keep changing the pads, i'd find a new dealership.

i'm aware that some squeek or squeal more then others so myabe try switching to a different brand. if they still make noise, they probably need to be realigned or the rotors need to be machined so there isn't any uneven surfaces.
wow dumbass like i would tell a customer that. use your brain. we tell them they need new pads most of the time when your pads are squealing like crazy they look like a huge chunk of metal instead of a normal pad.


me personaly im cheap i would deal with it but others would change pads
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There pads could have also been installed incorrectly
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lolzz, downey, if I came back in 10k miles and was told I needed brakes. I would laugh in that service advisers face.

did you put any kind of glue/tacky stuff on the back of the pads/ on the caliper where the pads rest? Grease the slides? grease where the pads slide on the caliper/pad bracket?

we used some 100% silicone lubricant at the last shop, at Honda we have some aerosol tacky **** we spray on the back of the pads so they stick to the caliper and won't rattle/squeak.
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people come into pepboys all the time with this and we just tell them they need new pads and if they say no try to hustle some brakequite on em.
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If ur brake rotors are glazed over they are gonna keep squeaking if you put new pads on or not. If you work at a dealership and dont know this it might be a good idea to look into a new profession. If you are to cheap to get your rotors turned you can take em off and give them a light scuff with some light sandpaper. Also if you do get new pads Id go with some sort of ceramic. This will cause less brake dust and will equal less squeal. Im not saying they wont squeal a little over time just that it wont be crazy freakin loud. This will also keep you from getting as much brake dust on your wheels as you would with regular metallic pads. If you do happen to get new rotors remember that they are coated with oil when they come out of the package to prevent rust in humid climates when stored.... this must be cleaned off before installing. Hope this helps bro.
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i don't know what you tell your customers, i'm guessing its the same misleading info you type here,

either way, it doesn't effect me. i don't plan on bringing my truck to your dealer for work nor do i follow any advice you give.

OP, you got a bunch of other good info to go on. good luck.
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The old pads on my truck would squeak. I took the pads off, took some emery cloth to them to roughen them up, then took a die grinder with a fine sanding disc to the rotors, sprayed some blue sticky **** on the pads, and that helped with the squeaking, and they stopped better.
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i have people come in everyday for this problem at the dealership i work at just deal with it only thing you can do is change pads
I bet the comeback rate went up too huh?
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