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Old 02-18-2011
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Brake question to stop me from yelling at my truck

My truck has 29,000 miles on it. My brakes started squealing pretty loudly at about 20,000 when I first got to college and had my truck parked for weeks at a time due to the fact the parking lot for it was 3 miles away from campus. Of course I'm going to expect some squealing at that point, but as I started to drive it regularly again, I figured some of the noise should have stopped. Well, at 26,500 I got my pads replaced even though they had some life left to hopefully stop the squealing. No, still just as bad and seems to almost be getting worse. I mean they're loud as hell, to the point where if I roll my windows down it hurts my ears.

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I know it's hard to answer brake questions without seeing them, but in general, if I replaced my pads with some ceramic pads would that be enough to stop squealing? And also, if I also trued my rotors at the time I got new pads, would that give me a higher chance to stop the squealing? It's literally to the point now where I can't take it and cuss at my truck every time I'm in it. It's a good time.
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ur rotors could be warped slightly which would cause a squeal. also did u have the sliding pins for the caliper greased when u changed the pads?
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I did have the sliding pins greased. I was leaning towards the warped side too, but I don't know why they would be. Additional info that might be helpful...when almost stopped so I can actually hear what the squeak is doing, it only does it on one part of the wheel. Kind of hard to describe but it will make a sound at one wheel position, stop making the squeak, and then make the squeak again in the same spot when the wheel does a complete rotation. Hopefully that makes sense.

And also, when I put the brakes on hard, it'll make a lower, almost buzzing noise.

My stopping power is unchanged though..
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i would take it apart again if u can and take ur rotors to a shop and have them check to see if warped, that sounds like that is the problem. rotors can get warped from worn down pads, anything that comes into contact with it such as a rock or something, and overheating the brakes. so if u slam on the brakes a lot that could cause it as well.
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Alright thanks for the info and the suggestion. I'll definitely have it looked at when I get the time.
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no problem. My info was assuming it actually is a brake problem. which it sounds like btw. lol. good luck.
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its only when u apply them right? mine does it when im driving its the dust shield hitting the rotor
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Yeah it's only when I apply them, and at various pressures. Light brake and kind of hard brake don't make a sound (hard does when I really have to hit them, makes that buzzing sound I was referring to), it's the usually used medium brake that causes it.
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