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Loud squeel sometimes when brake applied.

(2006 Ford Five Hundred)
in Great Mills, MD on February 26, 2011
Have not been able to determine what makes brake(s)squeel; sometimes squeel is VERY loud; other times not as loud; once I come to complete stop, squeel stops but begins again when I start to brake the next time. So far squeel seems random and does not happen all the time...have not made any connection to temperature, weather, time of day, etc.. Took to dealer whose written report states, "Cust states there is front brake noise from time to time, wants to see if it's under warranty or part of a recall, unable to duplicate concern. Inspected brakes--no problems found at this time. Intermittent noises can be from moisture deposited on brake linings that needs time to evaporate or burn off." I'm not sure that I buy this explanation since brakes have only started squeeling in the past 6-9 months. If noises are from moisture, why wasn't this happening in pior years? Thanks for any input you might have.
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on February 27, 2011
You are correct; brake noises are like yours are not related to something that has always been present (weather), or something that is not typically defect related (the car is over 4 years old now..).

Instead, your noise is caused by one or more of the following:

1) brake pads are glazed, damaged, cracked
2) brake rotors have hot spots, are glazed, have a lip on the edge from brake pad replacement with a lack of machining the rotors.
3) brake pads are not secure in the caliper. Movement of the pads without insufficient shims and clips can certainly resonate noise.

Get another opinion about your brakes, and you will definitely come to a course of action to resolve your noise. Good luck.
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