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Old 03-14-2006, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Can I spray brake cleaner without removing the brakes?

Yeah Yeah...I'm not gonna apply it and then try to run a road course.

Our SUV makes a squeaking sound when braking at times, and the pads were replaced and the rotors turned just last summer.

Can I apply brake cleaner to the rotors without removing the wheels, etc and just wipe dry and let it sit for a bit, then drive around the block a time or two to get them fully dry?

I just want to get rid of the stupid squeal because it sounds like the brakes are bad and they aren't.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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No need to wipe. Brake cleaner evaporates.

Chances of it fixing the squealing are slim to none, however.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:16 PM   #4
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No need to wipe. Brake cleaner evaporates.

Chances of it fixing the squealing are slim to none, however.
well, any recommendations?
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:18 PM   #5
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well, any recommendations?
Nope. I just live with squeaks, I can't fix them.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:20 PM   #6
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yeah get some "Disc Brake Quiet" goop from the local auto parts store and smear it on the backside of the brake pads. that should take care of it..
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:20 PM   #7
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Coating my brakes in a combination of WD-40 and Vaseline seems to work best for me.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:24 PM   #8
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Try not to put any on a painted surface or on the rubber of the seals or lines.

Just kidding, spray the **** out of them, then throw a match on there to burn off the excess.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:26 PM   #9
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Oh yeah, In fact they spray it on blind kid's faces and it gives them sight...
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:34 PM   #10
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Oh yeah, In fact they spray it on blind kid's faces and it gives them sight...
Thanks smartass...
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:51 PM   #11
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Oh yeah, In fact they spray it on blind kid's faces and it gives them sight...
Brake clean burns like a futher mucker when sprayed in the eyes.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:57 PM   #12
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yeah get some "Disc Brake Quiet" goop from the local auto parts store and smear it on the backside of the brake pads. that should take care of it..
Thanks alacrity...much appreciated.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:08 PM   #13
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I use brake and parts cleaner to clean my cd's and dvd's all the time.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:20 PM   #14
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well, any recommendations?
different pads than what you are using.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:44 PM   #15
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Should clear it right up.
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:03 PM   #16
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Some squeaking is inevitable as most rotors get a little surface rust and will squeak the first time you hit the brakes in the morning. For a consistant squeak it takes a little more effort to get rid of it.
Assuming you have bedded in your pads, it is not just surface rust, this has been going for a little while. (I have taken my GF's brakes apart three times and every once in a while they still squeak, I am sure just to piss me off.)
1. Start by spraying brake cleaner as you originally posted. Pray this works.
2. When it doesn't take your wheels off and spray the calipers again (avoid spraying rubber parts, etc.)
3. When this doesn't work, remove the pads and note shiny places on the backs, the slides, anywhere they touch the caliper.
4. Spray the caliper with brake cleaner.
5. Use the tube of Brake Squeal Stop goop from Autozone to lubricate the back of the pads and the shiny places. Do NOT get the goop on the pad surface or the rotor. Do NOT put so much goop on it could get on the pad surface or rotor.
6. Put everything back together, drive around a bit and listen for which wheel still squeaks.
7. Re-tighten your lug nuts on the wheels that don't squeak (if you have alloy rims).
8. Repeat process for wheels that still squeak.
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:18 AM   #17
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Thanks CBH...I'll give it a shot this weekend.
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