I had tire wear and a flat, so I took the car in to the dealership
for replacement tires. I've followed their prescribed maintenance
strictly, and always took the car to the same dealership that sold it.
While changing the tires, they noticed that there was "5% life"
(evidently not noticed at previous service appts) left on the pads. The
cost was to be 298$ for front brakes (pads and resurface rotors).
I had the dealership do the work.
When I came to pick up the car, I drove the car down a road nearby to
test. I noticed the vibrating sensation on the brake pedal and drove back
to the dealership. They took the car back to repair the rotors (I guess
they missed a spot--they said a rust ridge) on the surface.
Went to pick the car up later that eve, and tested again. This
time,seemed ok on their service road. 5 min later, on the trip home,
began noticing and intermittent squeal (not the new brake sound, but a
grindy squeal). Called the dealership once again, and was told to drive
for a day or so to see if it subsides.
Intermittent, but present as I drove it around for a few days. I also
noticed an odd sound when making sharp turns/ u-turns. Called dealership
again, and they said would replace front rotors and replace pads again at
Picked up the car, and later that day [you guessed it] a squeal when I
let up on the brakes this time. By that night, it squealed intermittently
when I stop. This is 5 trips and a considerable part of two days
invested in the dealer fixing the problem.
Caliper problem? Wheel bearings? Any other ideas?