I HAD JUST GOTTEN BOTH MY FRONT AND BACK BRAKES REPLACED. EVER SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN I BRAKE MY CAR MAKES A CLUNKING AND LOUD SQUEAK NOISE. ALSO WHEN I DRIVE IT MAKES THE SQUEAK NOISE BUT NOT VERY LOUD. IT DIDNT DO THIS ALL UNTIL I GOT MY BRAKES DONE.I TOOK IT BACK TO THE GUY WHO DID IT AND HE SAYS IT IS NOTHING BUT I THINK IT IS CUZ IT IS GETTING WORSE AND LOUDER WHEN I BRAKE. PLEASE HELP.I AM A WOMAN AND I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CARS BUT I DO NO THAT THAT IS NOT SUPPOSE TO DO THAT CUZ IT NEVER DID IT BEFORE!
Complaints about brake squeak/squeal became a problem when front-wheel drive and semi-metallic brakes arrived on the scene in the 1980s. Semi-metallic pads are harder than their asbestos counterparts, and thus are more apt to chatter and squeal if there are any irregularities or roughness on the rotor surface, or if you notice looseness between the pads and calipers.
Some types of caliper designs are more apt to be noisy than others. The pads in these calipers may not be held as tightly and/or the caliper itself may move around a lot when the brakes are applied. And, as we said earlier, the greater the play in the system, the greater the tendency to make noise. That's why some new car dealers try to dismiss the problem by telling their customers some noise is " normal", leaving the customer no alternative but to live with the problem or to get it fixed by somebody else.
Trying to fix a squeal problem the wrong way can often make the problem worse. If somebody does a quick brake job and replaces the brake pads but doe snot resurface the rotors, the result can be an even louder squeal. The same can happen if the rotors are resurfaced incorrectly, too quickly or with dull tools. Excessive rotor runout can also cause problems
April, 30, 2009 AT 3:38 AM
SO THAT COULD BE THE SQUEAKING NOISE PROBLEM. WHAT WOULD CAUSE IT TO MAKE THE LOUD CLUNKING/CLICKING NOISE WHEN I BRAKE. ONLY DOES IT WHEN I BRAKE?