I've had my 2003 MCS for about 6 months and have managed to put about 11,500 miles on it. For the last 2,000 miles (give or take), the breaks have been squeaky. It isn't all the time, but I haven't figured out if there's a pattern. Also, I down shift a lot, so I'm not hard on my breaks.
I can't imagine that I need new break pads after so few miles, but any thoughts would be appreciated.
More info please!
When does it happen in the brake cycle? just after apply, throughout the braking, just at the end? You mention that its not everytime that you brake, is it only when you brake hard, only during long-gradual slow downs? Does it appear to be only coming from one side, or even only one wheel? Does it only happen when the brakes are cold? or also when they have warmed up after a few applies, or only when warm?
Like I said, I haven't really noticed a pattern, but I think it is more prevalent on long gradual slow downs than quick abrupt stops. It also occurs regardless of whether I'm just starting out or have been driving for a while. It has been cold lately, but I've also noticed it when the temperature has been in the 40s and 50s.
I know that doesn't give you a lot of help, but I'm really just wondering if this is normal.
Jersey- sounds like it might be lift-off squeal ( a normal condition related to the pad material ) , this is signified by some squealing just before the car comes to a complete stop, basically the pads are starting to lift-off of the rotor, but some of the material refuses to let go...this should not be a major concern (unless you sound like a school bus stopping)
kugrz- so far your description doesn't raise any red flags of concern, and kinda sounds like lift-off squeal, keep an ear out. I guess that as long as you don't hear metal-to-metal grinding, you should be OK.
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