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Old 09-20-2003, 12:47 PM   #1
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For the past 2 weeks or so my brakes have been making quite a bit of noise, a kind of squeaking, scraping sound. The noise stops when I apply the brakes. There isn't any fade in their operation, nor is the pedal squashy like when pads are worn. I took off the right rear tire last weekend and looked at the pads, they look fine to me. The rotor does have rust everywhere but on the contact area. Could this be making the noise? If so, is this a serious problem or something I shouldn't worry about too much. It's really annoying me but I don't know if my warranty covers rotors. Should I take it in to a dealer and have them look at it?
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Old 09-21-2003, 07:37 PM   #2
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No ideas?
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Old 09-21-2003, 07:55 PM   #3
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Well, the fact that you threw "scraping" into the mix bothers me a little, but I will assume that it's more of a high pitched squeak

The rust on the rotor thing is normal. Usually it's painted on new cars, but knowing subaru's paint . Many rotors come unpainted anyway.

But as for the problem, there probably isn't one. As long as there is pad life and the rotors aren't scored/pitted, you should be fine. Be sure to verify that all 4 wheels are good, and make sure you check both pads on each wheel. It wouldn't hurt to call up your dealer, tell them you have squeaking brakes, and see if it's covered under warrenty.

If the rotor looks okay and you have pad left, it's just a nuisance. The brakes are still fine.
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Old 09-21-2003, 09:02 PM   #4
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could just need some cleaning. Last winter my brakes started sqeaking, then I washed my car and it went away.
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Old 09-22-2003, 02:24 AM   #5
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Post Happened to me

i had this happen just a few weeks ago.

My brakes were way sqeaky pretty inconcistantly and then one day i here this real deep growl almost like grinding but it was wasn't hurting my rotors. I had plenty of pad life on all 8 of my pads but went to change them anyway, that took away the growling but the sqeak came back pretty quickly there after, then someone from the forum told me about a goop http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=409874 sold at some auto part stores that prevents the brake shim from vibrating (thus the cause of squeaky brakes)...works really well.

Left me satisfied

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Old 09-22-2003, 02:32 AM   #6
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if you will decide to change pads.. go with the composite material ones.. a.k.a non metalic.. they usually don't sqeak at all.. I had my for over 50k miles and didnt sqeak single time.
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Old 09-22-2003, 03:08 AM   #7
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every once in a while I find it helps to blast the brakes with the hose or at the car wash.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:00 AM   #8
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check your calipers... they could be frozen.
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Old 09-22-2003, 12:03 PM   #9
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Well, you checked your pads and rotors for wear. Step one complete.

The noises you are hearing, are they constant or is it rythmic or sporadic? If it's contant, then you may want to verify that the caliper hasn't seized. Caution dealer will charge to the tune of $800 for new caliper and rotors and pads. So you may want to find another source for parts.

I would first try the "goop" mentioned earlier. If you do try the blast with a hose, do it before applying the brake quiet goop. (Otherwise you may just end up removing it).

If that doesn't stop the noise, you may have a warped rotor or seized caliper.

Hope things turn out well for you and the soob.

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Old 09-22-2003, 06:20 PM   #10
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Well, I think I'm gunna take off the rotors this weekend and blast them with the hose. The rust looked pretty thick though so I'm not sure how well that will work. If not, I'll try the goop thing. It's a pretty steady noise, but I checked the caliper to see if it was seized up, but it's not. The best way i can describe the noise is like a finger around the rim of a wine-glass, a kind of ringing/scraping.

Thanks for all the help. This will be a long weekend of brakework.
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:44 PM   #11
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Don't bother taking the rotors off. I'll bet you money after you take the brake pads off and clean the pad shims and apply the "goop". You will be all set. Scraping is major, high pitched squealing is dirt and/or shims. Don't worry about the rust on the rotors.
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Old 09-22-2003, 10:29 PM   #12
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i didnt mean to take off the rotors and wash them, just use your hose and blast away dirt and grit from the caliper. First time I did that sooo much junk came out of there, now I do it regularly.
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:58 PM   #13
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I took off the right-rear tire, which was the loudest of the 4, and hosed off every surface of the brakes. It's now much quieter, but the others are still making noise. I'll hose out the rest of them this weekend and hopefully that will be the end of the problem.
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