Easiest/Cheapest way to stop breaks squealing?

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IamJacksContempt
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My car is coming up only 2 years old but the breaks are often squealing when I brake lightly and it's doing my tits in.

What's the best way to minimise it?
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You need to replace your break pads, probably cost like £30
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go to a garage, ask them what the problem is, get it fixed, bingo
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(Original post by IamJacksContempt)
My car is coming up only 2 years old but the breaks are often squealing when I brake lightly and it's doing my tits in.

What's the best way to minimise it?
Squealing brakes is a sign of worn brake pads, when it is a metal on metal action. I'd get it seen to ASAP to prevent any damage to your brake disc.
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Squealing brakes is a sign of worn brake pads, when it is a metal on metal action. I'd get it seen to ASAP to prevent any damage to your brake disc.
Probably just the early warning indicator to be fair, so not much damage being done as of yet - still though, Sheepy is right; get them changed!
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Thanks folks, I'll phone the garage soon. Haven't had to contact them since I had my previous banger of a car getting fixed every 2 weeks, should bring back some great memories :rolleyes:
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Squealing can be a number of things, such as debris caught between the pad and the disc or worn pads. As you say it happens when braking lightly I suspect it's more likely to just be a lack of grease on the back of the pad. It's not a big job to fix but the pads have to come out, so if you pay a garage to do it then you may as well get the pads changed at the same time. Although I'd assume a two year old car to still be in warranty, which probably won't cover pads but should cover the squealing if it's not just worn pads.
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The pads might actually be fine. Who ever replaced the front pads on mine must of bought really cheap ones because they squeak super loud at low breaking speeds. The only reason i would want to change them is to get rid of the noise, other than that they are fine.
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The pads might actually be fine. Who ever replaced the front pads on mine must of bought really cheap ones because they squeak super loud at low breaking speeds. The only reason i would want to change them is to get rid of the noise, other than that they are fine.
Get a brake cleaner spray from halfrauds, ecp or other local auto spares shop and see if that sorts it out. If not then you might actually need the pads replaced.
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I'd reccomend some new brakes.
But make sure to get all 4 done otherwise your car will pull to one side under braking and that is rather dangerous
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I'd reccomend some new brakes.
But make sure to get all 4 done otherwise your car will pull to one side under braking and that is rather dangerous
I hope you mean 4 pads and not 4 corners!
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I hope you mean 4 pads and not 4 corners!
I mean replacing the pads on all 4 rotors as to keep the car evenly balanced under braking
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I mean replacing the pads on all 4 rotors as to keep the car evenly balanced under braking
Why would one replace the rear drum brakes unless necessary?
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(Original post by IamJacksContempt)
My car is coming up only 2 years old but the breaks are often squealing when I brake lightly and it's doing my tits in.

What's the best way to minimise it?
It could be as simple as a little bit of Dirt. So get garage to check.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
Why would one replace the rear drum brakes unless necessary?
So they can put disc brakes on

More of a peace of mind thing.
I'd rather run with all new brakes so that I don't have to alter the brake bias or anything.
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So they can put disc brakes on

More of a peace of mind thing.
I'd rather run with all new brakes so that I don't have to alter the brake bias or anything.
Brake difference wouldn't be an issue between the front and the back, the issue spans from replacing only a single side of the front, which is a silly thing to do.

Providing both corners at the front are replaced, the rear can remain as is until the time comes for them to be replaced when necessary.
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Brake difference wouldn't be an issue between the front and the back, the issue spans from replacing only a single side of the front, which is a silly thing to do.

Providing both corners at the front are replaced, the rear can remain as is until the time comes for them to be replaced when necessary.
You'd need to change the bias as the front brakes would be significantly more powerful than they were previously. Therefore it's quite dangerous and you could lose control of the vehicle under heavy braking.

Or you could do them both at once and be done with.
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(Original post by FireFreezer77)
You'd need to change the bias as the front brakes would be significantly more powerful than they were previously. Therefore it's quite dangerous and you could lose control of the vehicle under heavy braking.

Or you could do them both at once and be done with.
That's only for when you have disk brakes on the rear. That is uncommon for the majority of vehicles, especially in the UK. The majority here have drums on the rear that last through several front brake changes.
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(Original post by IWMTom)
That's only for when you have disk brakes on the rear. That is uncommon for the majority of vehicles, especially in the UK. The majority here have drums on the rear that last through several front brake changes.
Which I do on my car which I'm basing this off tbh.
Haven't owned a car with drums on the rear as of yet.
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(Original post by FireFreezer77)
You'd need to change the bias as the front brakes would be significantly more powerful than they were previously. Therefore it's quite dangerous and you could lose control of the vehicle under heavy braking.
Or you could do them both at once and be done with.
Brake bias is not typically adjustable on a road car. There's a brake proportioning valve to compensate for axle loading (and it gets exciting when that seizes, as I've found out!). Plus on most cars built in the last 20 years or so will have ABS which will prevent the rears locking.

(Original post by IWMTom)
That's only for when you have disk brakes on the rear. That is uncommon for the majority of vehicles, especially in the UK. The majority here have drums on the rear that last through several front brake changes.
Rear discs have been pretty common in the UK for the last 15 or 20 years... not universal but more common than not, especially on anything bigger than a small hatchback.
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