Mechanic recommendation in Belfast area

Mechanic recommendation in Belfast area

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bpl666

Original Poster:

4 posts

42 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Hello all,

My brakes are squeaking so I'd like to get it sorted before it drives me insane.

I've taken the calipers off and lubed up the back of the pads and pad mounts with Plastilube and gave the caliper pins some red grease and given everything a good ol' clean and wire brush treatment but it hasn't worked (well it did for a day or two then started up again).

I could use recommendations for someone who could take a look but not fleece me as I'll be getting a new car in 6 months time or so.

Thanks if you can help.

stevieturbo

15,616 posts

216 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Squeaking when ?

Are the pads loose in the caliper ok ?

Are they good quality discs/pads or cheap poo ?

bpl666

Original Poster:

4 posts

42 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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They only squeak when I apply the brake, generally driving round town speeds and coming to a stop - so fairly light pressure. If I hit the brakes hard, at higher speeds like leaving the motorway for example it doesn't tend to happen.

The squeak happens all the way down to about 4-5mph then stops. It happens for say 95% of the rotation of the wheel when the brake is applied, then say 5% of silence but of course if I'm going fast enough it just sounds like a continuous squeak.

I can't tell if it's the front or back but it's definitely only happening on one side of the car. Pads and discs are all Genuine Volvo parts made by ATE I believe. The pads all round are a year old with plenty of life and the discs are about 4 years old.

Everything looks fine, no weird scoring or bits sticking out and the discs seemed thick enough when I used a vernier. If they are warped somehow I wouldn't be able to tell. All seems seated OK and everything is able to move freely.

I enjoy maintenance so gave it a go myself but I don't have the knowledge to diagnose the problem! I was hoping a few blobs of plastilube, red rubber grease and copaslip in the right places would have helped but no such luck.

Thanks

stevieturbo

15,616 posts

216 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Warps wont cause squeaks.

A new set of pads could sort it and would be a cheap DIY option.

It would be rare for rear brakes to squeak though....not impossible but it's usually the fronts.

bpl666

Original Poster:

4 posts

42 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Thanks, I might give that a try.

I had the squeak a year ago and went to the dealer - they said for the cost of having someone take a look and take things apart I may as well just get the pads replaced, so I did that. Maybe that was just a sales pitch but to be fair the difference in quotes for both was the cost of the pads.

It went away for a few months after my visit then came back and has been there ever since.

Bit frustrating to replace the pads with so much life left but I don't want to risk failing the MOT (next month) somehow. Just need to keep it going for 6 months until I get my new car!

stevieturbo

15,616 posts

216 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Basically I'm saying the same thing...

For cost it will take to pay someone else to inspect everything.....it'd be as handy to throw a set of pads at it yourself.

You've already had everything apart, so presumably you've a bit of an idea that everything is moving freely and nothing odd or seized or looks too badly wrong.

And the same brand OEM use arent always the same pad OEM use, although Ate would be at the better end of makes.

bpl666

Original Poster:

4 posts

42 months

Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Yeah good point, thanks for your help. I'll get some ordered and give it a go this weekend if I can!

Thanks again.