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Renault Magane Authentique 2001 (Y)- Squeaky brakes and shaky front wheel. The brakes squeak often but not always and sometimes even squeak when brake pedal is released. Seems to squeak less or not at all when weather is damp, worse in dry weather. Had Front brake pads replaced in Jan 07 and have had squeaking problem ever since. Had them checked several times and they are ok. Had them removed and dusted recently but still squeak. Also, one of the front wheels seems to bounce more than the others and makes the hub cap rattle. An ideas what's going on?

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  • shill64 Apr 24, 2009

    In June '06 pads reported by my local garage as "wearing low and discs slightly corroded/pitted". They replaced only the pads in Jan '07 and not the discs (rotors). Presumably they thought the discs were ok depite the corrosion! I have no idea regarding the pad replacements make or origin. They also replaced the brake fluid at the same time.



    The car is now 8yrs old and has only done 33,500 miles. From what you say I think I should have both front discs (rotors) checked and possibly replaced (I think machining them costs more in the UK). Do you agree? Hope it's not an expensive job!

  • shill64 Apr 24, 2009

    Problem with shaky wheel now fixed. Turned out that a washer & bolt were missing making the brake pads rattle. Regarding the squeaky brakes, I have been told that this is a common fault on the Megane's and that some lubricant on the brake pads should solve it (as my brake pads & discs are fine). Thanks for the advice though.



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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the shake is warped front brake rotors, the pads were they factory replacements? were the rotors turned/machined last brake job? the only way to cure this is either replace the front rotors and pads or try to turn your old rotors if possible.

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What condition are the front disks in? is there a lip on the disks ? Now what i do when i get problems like this is to change the front pads for a good brand and not the cheapos ,also i get the hacksaw and cut a groove through the pad horizontal to the disk and this often cures the problem as for the rattle then blob of glue on the hubcap and renew the antiroll bar link rod if fitted or the bushes on the arm ,think this model has a link bar and not a bush direct onto the lower track control arm but hey iam a back street cowboy not a dealer (fit new) mechanic on one model only

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I had the same problem. I had the control arms repaced in the back when my car was still under warranty. See if a mechanic can take a look at it to be sure.

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This is a head scratcher! My first thought is the rotors. They have an oil film that needs to be degreased before being installed. That may be only part of the prob! My guess is that you hit open road in a short time?? The grinding, jack each wheel and rotate by hand, have your helper gently apply the brakes,[just slightly], this should lead you to the prob. Also check for movement in the wheel bearings. Check that the dust shields are clearing the rotor. If all this fails, remove the wheels and check the inside of the rims for any wear marks. This may be ever so slight. This is the best I can come up with at this time! Frankster016

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1999 probably has a serpantine belt (multi grooved). I would guess that you may have a squeaky belt or more likley a bad bearing in on of the idler pulleys. Remove the belt and spin the idlers by hand. If one feels rough or makes noise replace it.

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Try using some type of lubricant on the pass through on the fire wall. If you look down under the dash by the break peddle you will see where the steering shaft goes through the firewall. Get a litium grease to spray between the shaft and the rubber groumet that it goes through. Not a whole bunch but enough. spray it a little then trun the wheel back and forth then do it again.
This should solve the problem, If it's the noise that I have been encountering lots at work.

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