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Every time i slow down or brake you can hear a loud squealing but i was told that my brakes were fine but is there something else that's causing them to be noisy?

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It could be harmonics. If pads were recently replaced they should have applied a gasket or membrane (similar to silicone sealer) to rear sides of pads.Pull wheels and visually check - 1st that brake wear sensor is not rubbing rotor. 2nd that sealer/gasket has been applied to rear of each pad (of wheel in question)
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