Mechanics

BRAKE SQUEALING QUESTION

1997 Ford Escort • 180,000 miles

What way should the brake squealers be on when being replaced. Are they suppose to be on the side of the caliper piston or the side facing the wheel. Because im getting a loud high pitch squealing when im driving but when I stop it goes away. I have a feeling someone who touched my front end swapped my brakes the wrong way.
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Kbourassa
July 9, 2013.



Inner and outer pads are usually different and can't be switched. When they are the same the ones with the squeakers typically go on the outside. Putting them on the inside will not hurt anything but the wear indicators usually would interfere and not allow the pad to fit properly.

Regardless which side the wear indicator is installed on, it won't make noise unless the brake lining is worn down. They commonly stop making noise when you apply the brakes because the pads are forced to straighten out and that pulls the squeaker away from the rotor.

Caradiodoc
Jul 9, 2013.
Outside is towards the wheel right and ive always been taught to put the squealer on the side of the caliper pistons and they are bran new rotors and pads so what is making that noise I hear

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Kbourassa
Jul 9, 2013.
Axle seals can make a squealing noise too but it's usually louder than a brake wear indicator. My minivan has been doing that off and on for the last two years.

There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.

Caradiodoc
Jul 9, 2013.