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Squealing noise whilst driving

I have a 1999 Ford ka - it has had brake pads and discs replaced because I was getting a slight squealing noise. Now when I am driving the car squeals intermittently, sometimes getting louder and louder, but when I press down hard on the brakes appears to go away. Can't see a pattern which triggers squealing noise. Not too sure if it is still a problem with the brakes or if something else has gone wrong.

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  • lyhawthorne May 21, 2009

    Same problem with 1996 Toyota RAV4. After car warms up, I get a steady high squeal (similar to the sound when stepping on the brakes) from rear passenger side. Only way to get rid of it is to tap the brakes, but then immediately comes back while driving. Seems to be getting more and more steady.

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It is the backing plate for your brakes. you need to take it to the shop and make them fix and not charge you. as it is their fault that it happend.


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