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I am hearing a squealing sound usually when braking.

I am hearing a "squealing" sound usually when I apply my brakes, so I had my brakes replaced but the sound still occurs. It is intermittent and now also seems to occur when I am just driving down the road. I have a 2003 Ford Expedition.

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  • sleepyz May 11, 2010

    all your brakes were replaced? by a reputable shop? take it to another brake shop and ask them just to check it. Most reputable places will do it for free.

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Sounds like a wheeel bearing ..very common on this vehicle .or it may very well just be the splash plate behind the rotor rubbing against the rotor this is also common get on the ground ,using maby a length of cardboard so not to get real dirty and look to see if the splash guard is really rubbing if so bend it back out to correct the issue ..if not lift the vehicle off the groung and try moving the wheel from side to side and top to bottom wiggle it is there a lot of play ir is it tight if loose it will most likely be the wheel bearing going bad as well whomever replaced the brakes should have checked this out for youi if you described the problem to them

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Ok did u have rotors ands turne if not do so they get glazed and start making squeling sounds

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Either they put cheap brake pads on, or did not find and repair the real problem that is causing the squeak.

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

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