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New brake pads sweak like old ones and pull to one side.

Just had brake pads replaced. constant squeel like they are bad, and pulls to one side. what could be the problem?

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  • skippy0626 May 11, 2010

    were there anti squeal shims installed or similar substance on the pads??...also were the calipers serviced or rebuilt??

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    were the rotors turned/machined and the calipers rebuilt? if not do that.



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If it does pull without the brakes applied than either your caliper needs to be replaced and/or the brake hose to the caliper on the wheel in the direction it pulls. If it pulls to one side with the brakes, than one wheels brakes are not being applied properly. Line to the wheel on the opposite side of the pull should be bled.

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