Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Chagrin Falls, OH
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: FXT
just installed new pads/rotors - how to get rid of squeak?
Hi all, I haven't posted here in a long time but always use it as a great resource.
I just changed my front rotors (Autozone) and pads (Duralast Gold) and took it for a spin to bed in the brakes. Right out of the driveway they were basically quiet, with a slight sqeak at stop signs. Once I got to a road I could get up to 50-60mph to do some stops, they started to squeak. After doing a few stops I noticed they were smoking (like they're supposed to) and after about 10 pretty hard stops (just before ABS turns on) they had a constant squeak/squeal going on.
I put the car back up on jackstands and I can hear some friction when I spin the wheel but nothing crazy (I'm not sure what if had any before, or how much), and after giving it a hard spin it will keep going for a couple seconds - so it's really bad.
I pushed the pistons in again to make sure they were in all the way, and took it for anothe spin. This time it was silent! .... for the first 4 or 5 minutes, then once the rotors/pads got warmed up a squeak started (seemingly coming from the right front). So now it's a squeak with every tire rotation, not constant, and a pretty lound one. It's still there with the brake pedal applied, but the sound is a bit deeper in pitch.
So I just pulled the rear rotor off and sprayed the hub down with brake cleaner thinking that might do the trick, but it didn't. Same squeak.
Any idea what it could be or what I should do? Everything else about the brakes are fine - good power and feel.
I could really use some quick help on this one, as I'd like to finish it up tomorrow morning before I have to pick my wife up at the airport.