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Old 04-22-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
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Brake Squeak?

I love my Jeep! I've had it a few weeks now and it's a great vehicle.

Anyway, I've noticed a slight brake squeak coming from the rear drivers side brake (it might be the rear passenger side too, but I can only tell that the noise is coming from the drivers side). I have no noticeable loss of braking power or any abnormal braking, but I've noticed the squeak.

Now this is not a squeal (which would be when i'm stopping), but rather a squeak since I hear it when I let off the brake pedal after stopping (I have a manual tranny). It's definitely the rear since I've also noticed that when I put the e-brake on to park then let off of the brake pedal, I hear no squeak.

Any Ideas??? I think it is something with the rear brakes moving when I let off the brake pedal since the squeak is gone when the e-brake is on, which locks the rear brakes. I hope that makes sense. Is there something I can use to clean the drums or maybe the "caliper"?

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:05 AM   #2
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does it have disc breaks or drums? If drums it might be the shoe touching the drum slightly after adjusting itself. If discs, it could be a sticky guide.

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Old 04-23-2007, 03:35 AM   #3
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Possibly Brake dust, old rubber components, or something rubbing/stuck/out of adjustment. I would pull the wheels and check everything good while your in there, might as well check the pads/shoes also..
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:24 AM   #4
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Put it up on jackstands, pull the wheel, pull the drum and look. It might need new brake shoes, might just be dirt. The eyeball will tell you.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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I know this is an old thread, but did you ever find the problem? My 04 Rubi is doing the exact same thing.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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If you have drums, see if the guide for the adjuster cable that is held to one shoe with a retainer spring is out of the hole it is supposed to stay in. This will allow the adjustment lever to swing down away from the adjuster sprocket and contact the drum in some cases. I have had this happen twice.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:39 AM   #7
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If you have drums, see if the guide for the adjuster cable that is held to one shoe with a retainer spring is out of the hole it is supposed to stay in. This will allow the adjustment lever to swing down away from the adjuster sprocket and contact the drum in some cases. I have had this happen twice.
X2...Pull the drum and inspect. Mine had a broken cable and the cable end got caught between drum and shoes. I wound up replacing everything.
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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What I have seen is if every thing is in correct order is the rear shoes have to travel too much (probably out of adjustment) .The shoe itself is held against the backing plate at (3 or 4) locations (it is supposed to). When you step on the brake and the shoes have to move/travel more than 1/8 " the shoe rubs at these locations and squeeks either on the stop or return (or both) directions. usually these spot locations have some slight rust. You will need to remove the drums, use a screw driver to pry outwards on the shoe (one at a time) and put a very small dab (BB size or less) of anti-seize at these contact points. Not enough to get on the drum or shoe material. Then adjust the brake adjuster-just until you can get the drum back on (assuming no deep wear in drum). Then wheels back on and try it. You may want to adjust the brakes a little more (spin tire by hand while adjusting star wheel with a brake spoon through the oblong hole in the backing plate at bottom (remove rubber plug) adjust until shoes just start to rub slightly. then you are done. hope this helps.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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The new semi-metallic brake pads are known to squeak. I got them on an old Mustang of mine, and I hated it. I wouldn't worry too much about it, unless they are grinding at stops.

I had that problem on my new wrangler too, after a short while. I took it into the shop, and the mechanic checked them and they were fine.

On my Mustang, it was different. My brakes were grinding at stops. So, I took it into the shop, and the guy said they were worn down and the bolt pads were grinding the rotors. He showed them to me while they were on the car. So, I had to have my rotors resurfaced and my drums replaced.

For peace of mind, you can have your brakes checked or check them yourself. If they are a problem you can see it. The rotors and drums will have deep groves in them if the noise is caused by metal rubbing metal. It is easy to do yourself, especially on the disc brakes. Just take off a front wheel and look at the rotors. You can see the rotors easily. They are a shiny circular metal surface, about an inch thick, rectangular holes around the outside surface, with a pad assembly over the shiny face. If the front shiny face is clean and not circularly scared, it is just normal brake squeaking. You can also see the thickness on the pads. The Pad should be about an 1/2 inch thick. The pad is comprised of the metal harness and the contact pad. You should be able to see the pad without having to removing the metal sheath that covers it. I think the discs are on the front wheels, and the drums are on the back wheels. I actually learned to change my brakes on my Mustang myself, and adjust them. I also did it on an old girlfriends vehicle. It is pretty easy. I've had my pads for 15 years on my Wrangler, and I'm not having any squeaking or brake issues. Sometimes it will happen if you get your brakes get wet too(squeaking).

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