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Old 07-30-2010, 01:52 AM   #1
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New Duralast Gold brake pads and they squeak!

I replaced my brakes on my 03 Maxima at 35K miles for the first time. I took it to the local cheap repair shop and they turned the rotors and replaced all the pads with Duralast Gold (NOT Cmax) pads.

When braking lightly at speeds normally above 40MPH, they squeak!. If you brake hard they don't squeak or if braking at low speeds.

The shop has replaced the pads both front and rear already, and the new pads still squeak exactly the same. I should mention there is nothing wrong with the braking or how the brakes feel. They feel just fine and brake just fine. It's just the damn annoying squeak! Sounds more from the front than the rear, but I could be wrong.

Can anyone help? Maybe a shim problem or something? Anyone else have this happen?

Any suggestions before I go back to the shop and complain again? What is reasonable to ask the shop to do to fix this?

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:26 AM   #2
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Sounds like they didn't lube the back of the pads with graphite gel. All moving parts should get a generous application when changing. It's cheap.
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lube the hardware.......
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I got the same crappy pads sometimes they sqeek sometimes its gone but free for life
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IMHO - Brakes and Tires are areas where you should not go cheap.
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I'm not expert but did you had a chance to bleed the brakes after installation ?
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:11 AM   #7
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Hawk pads ftw?
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lube the hardware.......
again. as stated by us. this is your issue. hawks would/could do the same if not lubed.
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again. as stated by us. this is your issue. hawks would/could do the same if not lubed.

I looked at the pads are there are globs of purple lube between the shims and the caiipers already so I don't know if that's the problem.

Also, anyone use Duralast Gold CMAX pads with the rubberized shims? And if so, do they have the same problem as the standard Duralast Gold pads?
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cheap pads + not enough lube + not properly beding them in
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Remove the brake pads and 'break the glaze' on them. Take a piece of 100 grit sandpaper, lay it on a flat surface and sand the brake pad to remove the glossy look. then sand the 90 degree edges down, especially the leading edges (the edge towards the front of the car. After you re-assemble the brakes and are driving the car, do nice easy, gentle stops for the first maybe 10 times.
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Remove the brake pads and 'break the glaze' on them. Take a piece of 100 grit sandpaper, lay it on a flat surface and sand the brake pad to remove the glossy look. then sand the 90 degree edges down, especially the leading edges (the edge towards the front of the car. After you re-assemble the brakes and are driving the car, do nice easy, gentle stops for the first maybe 10 times.

I appreciate the suggestion. However, I paid to have my brakes done and not going to fix their problem myself. I am mainly looking for the cause and solution to take back to the shop on what's wrong and how to fix it since they don't seem to know how to.
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cheap pads = no need to bed them in.
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