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Brake While riding today , My front brake started Squeeking when Applied. Just turned 3,000 miles and I am the 2nd owner. We rode on a road that was flooded during one of the recent storms. Water subsided. But the road was slick in spots. Hitting some puddlles caused my brake to grind when not applied. It sounded like brakes scraping/grinding. If i end up needing them, What is a good brand? I can get EBC or Malossi or Honda origional? The other thing, Honda says to Replace the brake Fluid every 2 years. Using Dot 4. Can I use Valvoline Dot 3/4 Synthetic Fluid? It states it exceeds Dot 3 and 4 standards.

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Moisture will cause all kinds of wild brake noises. Have the brakes acted up since your ride where you experienced the problem? If not, I would take a quick look at pad thickness to make sure all is well and attribute the problem to moisture. If you do need pads, I'd recommend the OEM pads. I truthfully don't know much about the other brands you mention, but OEM is usually a very good choice when it comes to brake components. With aftermarket, you may well end up wit hmore noise than you have now. Regarding the Valvoline fluid - You really should contact Valvoline regarding the mixing of their synthetic product into your system. Even though you'll be displacing the old fluid with new fluid, you'll never get ALL of the old fluid out. As such, you need to be sure the synthetic is 100% chemically compatible with your existing DOT 4. Truthfully, if you flush the system with standard DOT 4, it should be fine. If you were running a racer, that would be a different story.

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