My sister has a 2007 VW Rabbit. Sometimes I do maintenance on it to save her $$ from taking it to the local stealership.
Last week she said she heard a creaking sound when she applied the brakes. I test drove it and found the creaking sound only happened when releasing the brakes from a stop while the car was facing downhill. Weird.
Anyhow, I figured the creaking had something to do with tension/load on the calipers (from stopping the car rolling downhill) being released. It sounded like it was coming from the front, so I took the front wheels off and lubed the areas I thought might be producing the creaks, ie the metal “ears” on the brake pads that seat in the carrier brackets, and the caliper slide pins.
But first for fun, I read many internet posts offering various opinions on whether or not to use anti-seize on brakes. I’ve always applied a dab of anti-seize on the pad ears, and sometimes a bit on the pad backs, always being careful to stay well away from the friction surfaces. But I lost track of how many posts I read warning NEVER to use anti-seize anywhere on brakes. LOL, because when I took the VW brakes apart, it was obvious the VW tech had (carefully) used anti-seize in the correct places. But not on the pad ears, and I could see from the shine where the ears were rubbing, so I applied small amounts there.
One place anti-seize should never be used is on the caliper slide pins, so I used silicone brake grease there, and put the brakes back together and test drove the car. Creak gone. I suspect most likely it was the caliper pins, which had some silicone brake grease but maybe not enough. Or maybe it was the pad ears, and the anti-seize took care of it.
Either way, problem solved. But I was surprised at the amount of misinformation on the Internet about never using anti-seize anywhere on brakes, when I’ve seen pros use it (correctly, in small amounts, in the right places) many times.
I guess the saying is true that half of what you read on the Internet is wrong. The problem is knowing which half.
Having said that, would be interesting to hear from others about their preferred methods & lubes for brake jobs.