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just did my brakes, and they're already giving me problems..

ive never done the brakes on my truck till the other day. did them tons of times on the grand prix and never had this problem.. well only did the front pads, dont even want to deal with drums lol.

anyways, about 2 days into having the new pads, the truck still stops great, but they squeek like a ****! so loud! i dont understand why. they're duralast gold pads. anything i can do to get rid of the squeeking?
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i did my pads yesterday and no squeekings.. maybe the metal bracket that supports the pad is loose?
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Did you clean them (discs, etc..) well with break cleaner?
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Umm, no offense but the problem is the pads. Basicaly when buying like a duralast or a bendix pad all your buying is the waranty. My family own's an auto parts store and no matter what quality no name pad we sell they all give us problems. Try finding a Wagner pad or something higher quality. Not many buy them anymore because there higher priced, but when you buy like a wagner pad your paying for a quality pad, not a waranty like your paying for with a duralast pad.
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i just found whatever i could at vatozone. but the thing is, i've used these before with no problems.

i wonder if they make hawk pads for our trucks..
thats what i use on the grand prix. i might try some new pads.
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Hawk Performance HB472Y-650 - Hawk Performance LTS Brake Pads

they do...

might get some of these. they never did me wrong on the grand prix...
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Hawks are the Shi* ceramics FTW
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Brakes Products for Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd XLT 2007

not sure which i want though.

LT's or performance ceramics? they're a dollar difference in price, which do you guys think would perform better?

and i'd rather buy from tire rack. summit wouldnt ship till the 26th... screw that.
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Yup! I just put ceramics on my truck last weekend.... Super quiet and stops real nice like! lol
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guess ill get the performance ceramics. they're a dollar cheaper then the LT's lol
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The breaks that you bought should be quite.

Go back and get a new set.
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The breaks that you bought should be quite.

Go back and get a new set.
i would, but i should have done them right in the first place. now that i think back about it, the duralasts always gave me problems. thats the reason i started putting the hawks on my grand prix in the first place.
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Did you have the rotors turned? If not, they're probably glazed over. Also, were they grooved at all from the previous pads?

That's where I think the problem lies. Try taking a wire wheel or something slightly abrasive to the rotor and see what happens.

As far as pads, Wagner Thermoquiets are the best pads I've run so far. I've had cheap semi-metallics, expensive ceramics, and now these.
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Tyler, good call on the rotors.

They gotta be turned.
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OEM Brake Pads

OEM Brake pads are made of softer material unless they've been upgraded when purchasing the vehicle brand new. Most expensive pads are made of harder material and squeaks when rotors are hot. If you haven't already done so, have the rotors turned, or purchase the rotors and pads (as a set), while at it, replace or service the wheel bearings as well.
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I spoke to a Ford mechanic while purchasing my pads, and he recommended the softer pads if I don't want to hear them squeal/squeak when the rotors and pads get hot.
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Also, did you clean the stainless steel shims that the pads rides on? What about under them? Rust can build up in that area and cause squeaking as well.

Were the caliper guide pins greased? They should be with caliper grease. Just pull on the rubber boot when the caliper bolts onto and the guide pins will slide right out.
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truck only has 25k miles on it, and there are no grooves in the rotors. i might get em turned, but dont really have the time to do that.
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Did you bed them in? mine almost totally stopped there squeel after i beded them in.
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how do i do that?
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truck only has 25k miles on it, and there are no grooves in the rotors. i might get em turned, but dont really have the time to do that.
Still doesn't hurt to have them done. A local O'reillys should be able to do it quickly. Doesn't take that long and I think it'll help.
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did you put caliper grease on the pads? I would of just went to Napa and got pads never had a problem with Napa parts. Autozone, Advance Etc FTL
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i would go get em turned, but the grand prix aint exactly street legal right now, so unless i can get a friend to drive me...

but how do i bed in the pads?
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