New brakes that squeak

dodge
brakes
ram
1500

#1

I have a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD pickup - front disc rear drum. Rebuilt the entire rear drum and e-brake setup and replaced pads and rotors up front. When the truck is cold the brakes work very quietly. When warm there is a sqeak when the wheels are turning, until I turn the stearing wheel or apply the brakes. It sounds like it is in the front wheels. Any ideas?


#2

I had a front left squeak about 8 months after new brakes, brake guys checked the brakes at first complaint, then 7k miles later, no brake problems. I got the squeaking every time I put on the brakes. 2 years later (still squeaking every time I hit the brakes with no other symptoms) the front wheel bearing went out, and squeaking was related to the front wheel bearing it seems. I was on vacation at the time and the mechanic suggested replacing the other front wheel bearing in 2 to 4k as it was a little sloppy. Hope that helps.


#3

If the brake pads and rotors up front are new, and the sound does not occur during normal driving (while you are not braking),then you have no problem.


#4

Sorry I may not have been very clear. The squeak is present and annoying the heck outa me until I apply the brakes or turn the stearing wheel… and all it takes is a light tap of the brakes to quiet the noise. As soon as the foot comes off the brakes, the noise comes right back.


#5

Did you do the brakes or did a mechanic? Were OEM parts used or aftermarket?

If I had to guess, I would look at the wear indicators first and the lack of the anti-squeek lube.


#6

Did you replace (or at least reuse the original) anti-squeal shims? This is the most common reason for squealing after pad replacement. Another reason is forgetting to clean and lubricate the sliders the calipers ride on.


#7

Did someone bleed the brakes after the brake job???


#8

I did them but perhaps I didn’t apply enough anti-squeek lube. I will take the front wheels off, clean and re-lube. Thanks tons