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The car squeaks horrible when i brake. worse after a good rain

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I would inspect your brake pads and rotor. if the pads dug into the rotor, then it would be cheaper to buy a new rotor for around 28 dollars at advance or autozone.
if the pads are good, then i would jack up the car, shake the tire up,down then left,right to see if it is a bearing. while you got the tire in the air after its jacked up...spin it by hand; if no sound then its somewhere in the brakes or brake caliper.

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