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Old 07-20-2005
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Brake Help...

1st off let me start by saying "what's up?" I guess i'm the new guy around here. But I have a very important question. I have recently changed my brakes and got new tires, and now i have like a squeaking noise coming from my passenger front tire. It gets louder it seems if i turn more to the left. Can anyone please gimme some help. I know I'm the "new guy" but this is a very aggervating problem. Any help would be GREAT!

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Old 07-21-2005
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Will someone be a help to me please... I really don't understand what in the heck is wrong with my truck. Its very frustrating because i have just started to mod it and now this happens... and i dont know what it could be!

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Maybe you put the brake pads in backwards? Do yourself a favor and take the wheel back off and the brakes back off... re install them and look for any scraping... maybe you left a bolt loose or something... It sounds like maybe you should have let someone else repair your truck...
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Do what thunder recommended but don't listen to the crap about letting someone else repair your truck. It is the only way anyone ever learns. That is what this site is for. Someone else here might have a little more knowledge about the subject. Good Luck!
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Yeah I would just go back and redo everything really quick. Make sure your pads are installed correctly, make sure bolts are tight, and clean the rotors with some brake cleaner also. If that doesn't get it, let us know.

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Yeah i pulled off the tire today, and took off the caliper and then off with the pads, and everything seemed to be put on correctly. I mean there really is not a way in hell that i would be dumb enough to put a brake pad on backwards. I did see some paint scratched off on the brake pad on the piston side of the caliper, but i thought it was normal. Then i thought that it might be the vibration bracket mounted on the top of the caliper. So i removed it and put it back into its place. So after the frustration of not finding out anything, i went to reinstall everything and i noticed that the 2 bolts that mount the caliper did seem to have a little give. Like they didnt want to tighten down. But i would think it would be normal... Is it? Because it does have 2 rubber spacers between the 2 bolt holes and caliper. Are they suppose to be able to move? If this was any helpful information to lead someone to the cause of my problem. Please let me know.. I can also take pics of the whole set-up. ( 2000 Ford Ranger Sport Ext. Cab )

Thanks for all the replies so far!!

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Is it constant driving down the road. Or does it only occur when braking. Be more specific on when the noise occurs.
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I happens all the time, when i brake it goes away. If i turn to the left it gets louder. I really dont want to take it to someone so that they screw me over, cause i really dont know what it is. All i hear is "squeak... squeak... squeak..." AHHHHHH!
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2wheel drive or 4x4? PLEASE make a signature with the stats of your truck so we can help you....I am thinking it might be a wheel bearing...or a hard spot on the pad...
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A temp. sig has been made. Thanks for all the replies sorry about all the unknown info that i have not provided. Just new around here still have not gottn a chance to do all the profile, avator, sig, etc...

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man I've had some bad luck this week w/ friggen brakes I've had to buy new pads, calipers, and my line broke and I had to work in a parking lot in the heat. But now its just fine.
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Yeah i pulled off the tire today, and took off the caliper and then off with the pads, and everything seemed to be put on correctly. I mean there really is not a way in hell that i would be dumb enough to put a brake pad on backwards. I did see some paint scratched off on the brake pad on the piston side of the caliper, but i thought it was normal. Then i thought that it might be the vibration bracket mounted on the top of the caliper. So i removed it and put it back into its place. So after the frustration of not finding out anything, i went to reinstall everything and i noticed that the 2 bolts that mount the caliper did seem to have a little give. Like they didnt want to tighten down. But i would think it would be normal... Is it? Because it does have 2 rubber spacers between the 2 bolt holes and caliper. Are they suppose to be able to move? If this was any helpful information to lead someone to the cause of my problem. Please let me know.. I can also take pics of the whole set-up. ( 2000 Ford Ranger Sport Ext. Cab )

Thanks for all the replies so far!!

Jason
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Any answers?? I am still having trouble...


Any help or ideas would be fantastic!!!
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Old 07-27-2005
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Our front rotors require the removal of the wheel berrings in order to replace them. Did you clean off the berrings and re-pack them or use the old grease? Grease is like fly-paper for dirt and other rubbish and a pair of greasy berrings can attract a LOT of items ( unbeknownst to us ) while they are out of the rotor.

I buy 2 cans of brake cleaner when I do a pair of rotors. After removing the rotors from their proper packaging, I spray the hell out of them to make sure all the anti-corrosion oil/sealent is removed. If any of it gets into the pads, it will cause burn on the rotor and POSSIBLY irregular noises. The pads MAY NOT show any signs of odd wear, but if any of this was to burn into them from rotor friction, it could cause an ongoing problem no matter how much you clean them AFTER it happens.

Theres 2 Instances that can cause noises and they are both mechanical.

1.) The calpier and its actions. Having the pads ride or NOT ride the rotor
2.) The Wheel Berrings having something improper within their functions.

Some would point to ' brake dust ' and other items, but those are part of the calpier and its actions.

"Yeah i pulled off the tire today, and took off the caliper and then off with the pads, and everything seemed to be put on correctly. I mean there really is not a way in hell that i would be dumb enough to put a brake pad on backwards."

It would be hard to remount the calpier with the pads on backwards. It won't fit.

"I did see some paint scratched off on the brake pad on the piston side of the caliper, but i thought it was normal."

It is normal from the pistons pressure on the pad.

"Then i thought that it might be the vibration bracket mounted on the top of the caliper. So i removed it and put it back into its place. "

This wouldn't cause a squeal, but a vibration noise and would be VERY noticable.

"So after the frustration of not finding out anything, i went to reinstall everything and i noticed that the 2 bolts that mount the caliper did seem to have a little give. Like they didnt want to tighten down. But i would think it would be normal... Is it? Because it does have 2 rubber spacers between the 2 bolt holes and caliper. Are they suppose to be able to move?"

No. The bracket should be tightened and have loc-tite used to make sure it stays locked. I don't have the torque specs ( on the laptop/not here ) but that bracket should not move. No play at all.

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1st off, THANK YOU!

I am going out to cheak all that out right now. I will post when or if i figure out this pesky problem. But the last time i took off the caliper and put it back on it seemed that the brake pads were rubbing on the rotor (front pass. side) and then i noticed that the caliper did have some give... I will go and check it all out again. Thanks again for the reply. I will keep an update for my progress.
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