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I have what looks like brake dust on both front tires and have recently started getting a lot of road noise. Any ideas what this could be?

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When you have excessive brake dust and wheel noise it is an indicator of the brakes not releasing from the rotor. usually due to the caliperts not sliding on the guide pins. this is an easy fix just remove the calipers and lube the guide pins with an anti seize and the problem will be solved. if this problem has gone on for a while it would be a good idea to replace the rotors and pads because chances are that the rotors are more than likely warped

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