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    Is this anything to worry about? It mainly happens when pulling up to traffic lights, or stopping in heavy traffic. If i have to brake quickly or suddenly it doesn't happen.

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    Sounds like your pads need greasing a bit to dampen the vibrations; best to get them inspected and find out for sure.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    Sounds like your pads need greasing a bit to dampen the vibrations; best to get them inspected and find out for sure.
    I know there is some rust on the brake disks. The callipers are very rusty - though i don't think that has any affect.
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    it's just a harmless irritation - you can grease the back of the pads if you're really bothered, that's the metal side, not the side that rubs onto the disks.
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    it's just a harmless irritation - you can grease the back of the pads if you're really bothered, that's the metal side, not the side that rubs onto the disks.
    I suppose that would mean taking the wheel off?
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    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I know there is some rust on the brake disks. The callipers are very rusty - though i don't think that has any affect.
    a little bit of rust on the disks is normal if you don't drive for a few days.

    calipers are usually covered in surface rust - not a problem either
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    a little bit of rust on the disks is normal if you don't drive for a few days.

    calipers are usually covered in surface rust - not a problem either
    I checked the front bake pads the other day and they are fine. I have read online that if you get a stone stuck; that can cause squeaking. We do have a gravel driveway so perhaps it's just a lodged stone.
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    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I suppose that would mean taking the wheel off?
    Yeah - there'll be guides on the internet or haynes manuals in your town library (least there is in my town library)
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    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I checked the front bake pads the other day and they are fine. I have read online that if you get a stone stuck; that can cause squeaking. We do have a gravel driveway so perhaps it's just a lodged stone.
    Well the description of squealing when you come to a gentle stop sounds very typical of the way all brake disks used to sound until the OEM brake pads started having anti squeak material on the back. I'd guess it's a second hand car and the previous owner put on cheap halfords pads without the anti squeak to get it through the MOT. (nothing wrong with halfords pads imo - use them myself)

    if you take the wheel off you can look for trapped stones, never had this myself but tbh that sounds like it'd make a noise whether you were braking or not - also unlikely to happen to both wheels simultaneously.
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    Well the description of squealing when you come to a gentle stop sounds very typical of the way all brake disks used to sound until the OEM brake pads started having anti squeak material on the back. I'd guess it's a second hand car and the previous owner put on cheap halfords pads without the anti squeak to get it through the MOT. (nothing wrong with halfords pads imo - use them myself)

    if you take the wheel off you can look for trapped stones, never had this myself but tbh that sounds like it'd make a noise whether you were braking or not - also unlikely to happen to both wheels simultaneously.
    Second hand, 114,000 miles on the clock. Tbh it drives like new. I shouldn't really be complaining as i suspect it's nothing major - the annoyance more than anything. The front brake pads are newer than the back - perhaps you're right about the cheap pads - who knows.

    The only other thing i forgot to mention is that iv'e read that brake dust can cause squeaky brakes. Perhaps a good wash with wheel cleaner - that targets brake dust, would do the job.
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    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I know there is some rust on the brake disks. The callipers are very rusty - though i don't think that has any affect.
    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I suppose that would mean taking the wheel off?
    Rust is normal, don't worry about that; but yes, it would involve taking the wheel off. Quick 5 minute job each corner to grease up the pads, and copper grease is relatively cheap (about £3 a tube on Amazon).

    (Original post by Hachik0)
    I checked the front bake pads the other day and they are fine. I have read online that if you get a stone stuck; that can cause squeaking. We do have a gravel driveway so perhaps it's just a lodged stone.
    Foreign bodies like a stone would make more of a grinding noise, similar to that of metal on metal if your pads were worn down, but a little less.. well.. metallic..


    Cheap pads can be and usually are always noisier than their slightly more expensive counterparts, not to mention they last a hell of a lot shorter.

    Just pop your pads out, regrease, and pop them back in; give them a little rub down to make sure no little stones are actually there - if you still have the issue, consider buying new pads, or have a mechanic diagnose the issue.
 
 
 
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