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Old 07-09-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Brake squeal?

Hey ppl out there on the Interweb. I am hearing a faint--yet high pitched--squeal sound at low speed after using the parking brake. The wheel does not seem to get hot. The brake works well enough to keep me from rolling down my driveway or into the lake, and it releases normally. I have a standard trans so I like to use the brake in certain parking situations and when loading/unloading the boat. The squeal is super annoying. Any advice?

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Old 07-09-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Year model? Do you have 4 wheel disc brakes?

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Old 07-09-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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`97, rear drums
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:53 PM   #4
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I am interested to hear the responses as my 2001 Sport has the same issue...
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:48 PM   #5
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have you had the drums off and checked the shoe thickness ? if they are down to the rivets, that could be the culprit. if not, they might not be releasing fully, or just be adjusted a little too tight. Is it a constant noise or a rhythmic squeak squeak squeak ?
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:13 PM   #6
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Rythmic--good way to describe it. And no, I haven't done a visual inspection...I know that is the obvious move; I am just trying to get some idea(s) before I dig in there as I'm inexperienced with drum brake repairs.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #7
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When you do pull the rear drums off look for shiny spots on the edges of a brake shoe-where it may be rubbing against the drum inside. i have seen this even when there was 1/3 shoe material left. I have seen where a drum was rubbing badly-was a result of a horse shoe "C" retainer on the axle worn-along with the axle end. This allowed the whole axle/drum to move in/out of the rear axle housing too far. I am not trying to scare you. That one was pretty bad. yours may just be the shoe material glazed. Hope you find it easily.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:56 AM   #8
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Like kawzak said, pull the drums off and look for shiny spots. It may just be a matter of cleaning and lubricating the brake hardware. A lot of times noise comes from where the shoes ride against the backing plates. It could be rust build up on the drums as well. sounds like a good clean and adjust should take care of the issue.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #9
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