I took my car in about three months ago when brake indicator started squeaking in the rear. Shop told me that the drums, shoes and wheel cylinders needed replacing. After spending a few hundred replacing all those parts, the squeaking began. It’s a kind of rhythmic squeak that starts towards the end of braking. the rate varies with the speed of the car, so it definitely seems to be coming from the brakes. I took it in not long after. They said they only heard a clicking noise, and that was because the brakes were mis-adjusted. They re-adjusted it. I drove it home. The squeaking is still there. This also happens a lot more when it’s heated up so maybe that’s why they didn’t hear it in the first place.
I take the car back. They said the drum has been warped. They replace the drums. I take it home. Still squeaking a few days later, and I feel the brake pedal pulsating now. I take it back in. They say the issue is from the front brake rotors being warped. I get these replaced elsewhere with ceramic pads. Squeaking is still there.
I take it back in to the original shop because I’m certain it’s from the rear. They look at it again and say the drums are warped, again, and that they’d never seen anything like it. They turn the drums. (and receipt says there will be no more warranty on the rear drums… what?)
Unsurprisingly, squeaking did not stop, not even the day after. I took it to a different shop. They spent all day on it and drove it around with me and their final word is that the reason for the squeaking is cheap parts. They recommended I call the original shop and ask for factory parts and offer to pay the difference for the parts.
I just did that, and the shop agreed to do it, but the difference for factory parts would be about $240. Do you guys have any opinions on this? Will factory parts solve my problem? Any other options? I’ll spend the money if I have to, but I spent nearly $500 replacing everything in the rear, and really don’t want to spend that much more. It’s been such a headache dealing with this for the past three months, and I don’t know where to go from here. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!