Hi: Very good question. I have a 2005 Focus also. The brakes sarted
squeeking at about 15000 miles. At 18000 miles, I had the brakes
inspected. The result was that everything was O.K. with sufficient
lining left on the pads and shoes,
The car is at 20000 and still squealing just as the car comes to a
stop. It's annoying, but apparently normal(??)GC
A "squeal" assuming that we are referring to a high pitched noise, is
NOT metal on metal and doesn't indicate a need to replace the pad. A
grinding noise is metal to metal and like the previous poster states,
the pads should have been replaced long before that. Disc brakes tend to
squeal and can do so even when relatively new. It most cases it's not a
problem. There are products that can help reduce the squeal that
basically act as a vibration reducer on the back of pad.
As far as the orignal post, there are GM cars on which the disc pads
produce a "chirp" when nearly replacement time. This is accomlished by a
small soft metal tab that contacts the disc when the brakes pads are
worn. Unfortunately I have no idea if Focus has these as mine is too new
to have dealt with the brakes.
I will have them checked anyway next week when I have the tires balanced and
rotated. But I think the suealing is normal. If I remember correctly, I
had them checked once before and I was told they we're fine. This was at a
Ford dealer in NJ.
I replaced my own front pads and rotors a year ago and mine squeal a
bunch, not all the time but especially when damp or cold. I was told
that it's because of vibration of the pads and the lack of lube behind
the pads in the pad socket. Guess what, I forgot to put some brake
lube behind the pads when I did the job, I've even thought of removing
and putting some back there but I don't cause I wonder how long it
would last anyway. I just put up with the squeal.
To me it's sad that 2007 was the last year for the Focus wagon, I'd
purchase another for sure if I could.
My 01 has almost always squeaked. A 1.5 years ago took in to have
inspected since we were moving across country and will be towing a
trailer. They said fine, lots of life left. Last week they started
grinding. They did not squeak any louder or different sounding before
the grinding. We have 37,000 miles on it. Moderate driving, nothing
that should have made the brakes fail prematurely.
My brakes were squealing on my 05 Focus SES @ under 7,500 miles. I took it in,
was told the story
others were told about being normal. I took it back a second time to the
dealership and they
replaced the brakes with out telling me (I filled out drop-off card as to the
WARRANTY was paying
for this service). When I picked up my new car it had a $250 plus bill! I
screamed bloody murder and
they said there was a service bulliten on this issus and I didn't have to pay.
So, I have to
ask...is there a service buliten out on this in the first place? AND...did they
"forgive" the bill
because they knew I was iin the market for another car?
Hope this shows some insight to others!
PS...this is a U.S. Focus
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