Yes, sure it COULD be that, but with it suddenly appearing at 26K miles
how can you be so sure that it's not pads worn down? Not sure on this
car, but some pads definitely have little metal clips designed to make
a warning squeal if the pads wear down too far. And at 26K, I'd
suspect that before I'd think they suddenly just developed a squeal.
In any case, the only right thing to do is pull the wheels and look,