1997 Ford Explorer 97 Explorer break squeal

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 94,200 MILES
I recently inherited a 97 explorer and I had a quick question about the brake pads. When braking, there is a very loud squeal unless I brake hard enough. I looked at all the pads without taking the wheels off, and each look like they are brand new. They all have at least 3/8" left. I do believe atleast one rotor is warped though, as is apparent through the pedal. I'm assuming that the pads are glazed and I was going to sand them down with some 220 grit and break them in again. Does anybody have any good break in tips? Also should I sand the rotors? Thanks guys.
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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 5:25 PM

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Tiny
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Actually, you could try to sand the rotors. If the pads are glazed, they are too. You may want to have them cut if they are warped. Also, they make an anti squeal product. It is placed on the backing plate of the pad in liquid form and hardens into that of a rubber compound. As a result, it absorbs most of the vibration when they squeal. You may want to try that.

Let me know if you have other questions.
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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 AT 10:34 PM

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