Squeaky noise

My 2003 Sonata GL (59,400 miles) is making a squeaky sound when the car comes to almost a complete stop. It sounds like its coming from the front,
not the back. Is this a sign that I need new brakes? If so, is it new pads or something else. can Monroe or Mineke do this service to keep the warranty valid? Also. I see an advertisement for 39.99 life-time special for brakes brakes at mineke. What exactly is that mean or say? What should I expect to shell out for this type of job? Happy Holidays!!
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It could be many things, one of which is worn out brakes. Even if it is brake squeal, it's also possible that it's normal, too.
As far as your warranty goes: 1. Your brake pads are no longer covered. Warranty on pads is 1 year/12k miles. 2. Your bumper-to-bumper warranty is almost over (60k). If you think you may have some sort of warrantable issue, you should probably get to the dealer right away. The down side is that if it's not warrantable (such as brake pads), they're likely to charge you a diagnostic fee if you don't have the work done there. 3. The brake pads have just about nothing to do with any powertrain component. So if you're the original owner, that should still be good until 10 years/100k miles.
You're likely to find that the chain shops are not willing to do the $39.95 lifetime-warranty special unless you repair other things the find defective (maybe "defective," if you get my drift). I'd think your best bet on brake repairs would be a well recommended local shop who can be trusted with advising you honestly. You're likely to avoid the chain come-ons that you've mentioned as well as the higher costs associated with many dealers. Don't be afraid to shop around. One dealer where I worked priced brake work specially to remain competitive with nondealer shops.
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