Tip & How-To about Chevrolet 1500

Quiet your brake pads

Brake pads can be difficult to keep quiet.I have learned that dressing the brake pads before installation ,saves a lot of time .The brake quiet you use on the back of the brake pad,helps,no doubt.But sometimes,they will still make noise.Why not address the situation before installation of the new brake pads.Now some brake pads come already,what I call tapered.But not all.If you purchase a new set of brake pads,and the pads are squared off at both ends of each brake pad,then you might want to taper the pads yourself.A bench grinder works really well,or a file.Not much has to be took off the ends of the brake pads,but the more that is tapered,the longer the effect last.Grind,or file(using a face mask over your mouth)each end of the brake pad(all brake pads ,4 ) removing the edge from the brake pads.grind it down,tapering it down toward the metal.Now remember,you are tapering the friction side of the brake pad,not the metal side.When you are finished,if you lay the brake pad flat on the metal side,then the ends of the brake pads will be slanted down ,toward the metal.When this is done,it prevents the brake pad edge from causing a vibrating noise,that we all hear as brake squeal.I think you will be pleased at the out come,and do use the caliper lube on the slides ,and the brake quiet on the metal side,this combined together will over come the squeal we all love to hate!

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My 2000 Dodge caravan's brakes are screeching after I changed them. Its only been 2 months since I changed them and its becoming very annoying. Changed the brakes and brake pads.

did you apply the brake pad anti squeal grease it should be applied generously to back of brake pads & also where brake calipers where brake pads will travel as they wear in some cases hard lifetime brake pads usually bmw/other german vehicles will simply squeal unless you install softer &wont last as long but im sure that brake grease will solve your noise issue you should have got a small tube where you purchased the brake pads !

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I have envoy brakes are realy noise

When you step on the brakes, the pads vibrate. It may be you didn't put the little gaskets, or anti-squall stuff on the BACK of the pads.
If your "kit" didn't include it, get some copper lube and apply to the back of the pads.
I know, means you have to pull the pads but it's either that or live with the noise.
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change front pads on ford focus 2009 model

The 2009 Ford Focus seems difficult to install the non-caliper side brake disk due to integral springs on the pad steel backing. Looks like the outer cage of the brake, the part that straddles the rotor, needs to be removed for pad installation, then reassembled onto the caliper system with brake pads installed. Haven't attepmted this yet, but it appears to be the only alternative given geometric constraints. This is a lot more difficult than other front disk brake systems where the pads virtually slip right into place.

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what part of the brake pad gets greased.

none!!! There is a brake quiet spray that some people use to coat where the pad contacts the caliper. This is used just to keep the pads from squeaking against the metal caliper, but is not required. But...make sure the pads can float a little once installed, if they have to be forced in, they will bind and not wear even. Rust can build up on the caliper bracket and cause this.

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when i applied the brakes ,it whistle.What can be the problem

sounds like brake wear indicator, time for brakes if so

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