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jeeps4u2nv88 05-21-2013 07:08 AM

Bad breaks? Or cheap breaks?
So my breaks squeak very loud almost every time I hit the breaks to come to a stop. The harder I press on the breaks the the squeak goes away. I had a front end and break specialist take a look at them and he said they were fine, still a lot of life left in them. He did narrow it down to the front breaks though and that the previous owner must have put cheap breaks on. So my question is, is there anything I can do to get rid of the squeak in the breaks without replacing them? The Jeep is a 1998 TJ.


CoyoteOn2 05-21-2013 07:21 AM

The issue you are describing sounds like you have what is caused by the dust from your
Brake Pads. That dust gets between the piston of the Caliper and the Pad and causes
a harmonic vibration, aka, squeak. Although annoying, it will cause you or the Vehicle no harm. There is a product that gets applied to the back of the pads that helps to eliminate that squeak, but a lot of times, a back yard Mechanic does not use it, and sometimes neither does a shop mechanic. That NOISE / SQUEAK can also occurs when certain types of Metallic impregnated pads are installed as well. Replacing the Pads can sometimes cure the issue, and sometimes it will just return.
That SQUEAK in NOT a sign that you got a CHEAP BRAKE JOB, or have cheap pads.

kshaws21 05-21-2013 07:22 AM

Probably not without changing your BRAKE (not break) pads.

jeeps4u2nv88 05-21-2013 10:46 AM

:doh: Sorry about the miss spell guys. Was in a hurry this morning. Thanks for the advice.

Dextreme 05-21-2013 11:33 AM

This is what I use between the caliper and metal pad backing. Just don't get it in the pad itself.

CoyoteOn2 05-22-2013 03:11 AM

It occurred to me I forgot to mention ONE MORE CAUSE for Brake Squeaking,
that is Hot Spots in the Rotor. If there is a driver that commonly does what is called
LEFT FOOTING, (they drive with left foot resting on brake peddle) it becomes real
easy to overheat the Rotors which will cause HOT SPOTS. Once that occurs, the
ONLY REMEDY is to replace the Rotors. Having the Rotors re-surfaced is time &
money wasted, the Spots will only return.

wmdavis007 05-22-2013 04:01 AM

First time I changed brake pads on one of my cars I forgot to use disc brake grease on the back of my pads like a buddy suggested and they squealed like a cat stuck in a fan...took them back off a weekend later and applied some brake pad grease to the back of the pads and no more squealing. Since then I've never installed a set without it...and never had squealing brakes on ANY of my cars. Easy fix on a Saturday :thumb:

Rubicondon53 05-22-2013 06:43 AM

I read all of this with great interest ( amusement ) as I have been doing my own brake jobs since the mid 70s, have never used any of the lubricants suggested, and have never experienced any brake noise.. However, if I ever do experience any brake noise, I'll know what to do about it.. Thanks for the info... To the OP, new pads and rotors are not very expensive, I'd just replace them, you'll feel better about it all around, the satisfaction of a job well done, and knowing you have nothing to worry about for the next 50k miles or so ... ;)

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