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Thread: Squealing in the front.
07-28-2009, 06:06 PM #1
Squealing in the front.
I'm getting a fairly high pitched squealing noise coming from the front wheels. I can't pinpoint if it's coming from one wheel or both. It disappears when i apply the brakes but will slightly return if i make a fairly hard corner. I know brakes will need changed in probably less than a year or so but i'm not seeing it as a brake issue since it goes away when i apply the brakes. I'm not sure what it could be so any suggestions?Brian
2004 Chevy Silverado Z71
Red Extended Cab
1999 Mercury Cougar
Pearl white with black racing stripes
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07-28-2009, 07:37 PM #2
sounds like the wear bar on the brakes is making contact with the rotors, may be needing brakes sooner than you thought.1997 Chevy K3500
4x4 X-Cab Dually
454 Dual Exhaust
07-28-2009, 07:46 PM #3
I wondered about that but wouldn't the squealing noise continue or get louder instead of going away when i'm applying the brakes?
07-28-2009, 08:35 PM #4
07-29-2009, 12:47 PM #5
I just rotated the tires about 3 weeks or so ago and took a look at everything. That's why i know i'll need brakes within the year. The design of the brakes seems strange to me, but then again i have very limited experience dealing with brakes. Basically, the pads are about 2" wide overall. But part of the brake pad that's actually touching the rotor is about 1 1/4" wide. I'm used to seeing brake pads touch the rotor from near the hub all the way to the edge. My pads stop touching the rotor about 3/8" to 1/2" from the edge. And overall the pads still look thick but if you subtract the thickness of the area of the pad that's not touching the rotor then they are definataly getting thin. It's a bit hard to explain so if need be i can draw up a quick sketch of what i'm talking about.
07-29-2009, 01:25 PM #6
Please post a pic of those brake pads. I'm kinda curious now......
07-29-2009, 01:47 PM #7
Can't really get a pic of them without taking the wheel back off...and it's raining...i'll draw up what i'm saying real quick...
07-29-2009, 02:56 PM #8
Okay, heres a very basic sketch of what i'm talking about. The view of the brake pad would be looking straight on from one of the ends.
07-29-2009, 08:35 PM #9
yeah sounds like its time for brakes the pads have whats called a backing plate and a friction material
the material will be thin and the backing plate wont change unless you run em into the rotors then you get to replace the rotors also at that point heres a sample of one thats worn and a new one side by side http://georgenitta.com/thumbs/brake_pads1.jpg
07-30-2009, 09:12 AM #10
Well, looks like i'll be brake shopping here soon. Might as well get it done will the weather is still warm. I'm going to have to replace the rotors anyways due to the brake pads not touching all the way across the face of the rotor. And i don't feel like going through the hassle of turning them.
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