I have a 1994 safari van. The last two sets of brakes squealed after
only a short time on the van. The first time I did the brakes the
second time I took them to a trusted mechanic.
Is there any thing that can be done to prevent them from squealing.
It is the pad, not the squealers that are built into the system.
Visually the pads are about 1/2 inch thick.
What if I buffed them with my dremel?
Sometimes, no...it's just the nature of the beast. What you can
do to help alleviate the problem is to apply a thin layer of silicone
grease to the back of the pads where they come in contact with
either the piston (inboard pad) or the caliper (outboard pad).
I've found this works quite well.
I had the same problem. We use about 20 Astro vans on our fleet and brakes
used to be a source of annoyance. The problem I found was I would simply
send one of the vehicles in for a "brake job" and when you ask for a "brake
job" you get just a "brake job".
I figured out the trick was to ask for Genuine OEM replacement pads and the
problems went away...Costs a little more, but huge difference in quality.
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