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Whistling sound while applying brakes.

I am driving a 2006 Malubu 2.2liter, 4 dr sedan 60K miles and it began a whistling sound when I apply brakes. Is it a sign of brake wear? Something else? When I release brake pedal it stops.

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This could be an air leak in a hose,,,have a friend hold the brakes on and stick your head under the hood,,with the engine running press the brake on,,you may here the whistling and fine were its coming from i its a leaky hose fix it fast before you loos your brakes

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