I own a Fiat Punto MKII, 1.2 ELX 5-door on a W-reg plate and I replaced
my brake shoes back in April 2005 for the first time, due to wear and
tear. The work was done by a mobile mechanic I used before on my
previous car, too.
The car developed a creaking noise coming from the rear passenger side
as soon as the new shoes were installed and the handbrake has never
been very efficient since. The mechanic told me to live with the noise
until the shoes had bedded-in. However, the noise was there on and off
until my patience ran out in December last year, when I called him to
check the brakes again. He then blaimed Nationwide, where I took my car
for a full service two weeks before he had a look at the problem,
saying that somebody had messed around in there and charged me another
£80 for a new set of shoes. He bought this set from the same supplier
and this was exactly the same as the first one (Ferodo).
The noise dissapeared for a day or two and then came back again. Once
again, he said I need to let them bed-in. On the other hand he
suggested that Nationwide might have bent the shoe backplate during the
full service!! Sounds like he is eager to charge me more money!
I had the car checked once again at a local garage who have been
trading for over 40 years, recommended by one of my mates, who used to
take his Merc A-Class there. They initially blamed the mobile mechanic
for having installed the wrong retaining clips and charged me £82. But
the noise was still there the following morning!
Then, they made several attempts to eliminate the noise and they were
successful twice by taking all the shoes off the car and then putting
them back on with brake grease etc. Everytime the noise disappeared for
a day or so and then came back.
I picked the car up today from them once again and they are now telling
me that it must be the brake shoe lining material which is causing the
hugely creaking noise when the foot brake is applied and that this will
disappear after the car had done around 4000 to 5000 miles since
installation back in December '05. Apparently this is a normal noise!!!
Strange thing is that when moving along at 20 mph or so and I pull the
handbrake up half way and apply the foot brake at the same time in
order to stop, the noise is not there! The owner of the garage told me
that by doing that I am taking the pressure off the shoes and thereby
eliminating the creaking noise. He's telling me that I have to live
with this until they bed-in, but I've had other cars before and I know
this noise is not normal and it shouldnt' be there, it's driving me up
If anyone has any ideas as to what to look for, or what to try next,
please help... I have already spent around £250 and been through
months of aggrevation for something that seems to be so simple,
replacing brake shoes and nobody can do anything to fix it! I would
like to avoid taking it to the dealer as they will charge a lot of
money and there is no guarantee they will be able to fix it.
Many thanks in advance...