My Ford Focus 1.4 cc is a year 2000 registered car and runs well, but
latlely I've noticed a 'squeeking' sound when I use the brakes. I put it
into the garage and although they found nothing wrong, they still charged me
£60 (UK), but the noise has returned. I am very anxious as I don't know a
lot about cars, I just drive them. Should I be worried about this noise, or
is it something I should expect to hear from my Focus? Anyone know what it
Any advice appreciated.
No, only the 'main' brake, and it seems okay after the first mile or two,
but those first couple of miles each day are also the noisiest. The noise
seems to be coming from the front 'wheels' rather than the back.
I have a very honest mechanic look after my Daughters car. He said the
breaks squeal because of the type of metallic pads Ford uses. He said forget
it till you need brakes then I will install ones that don't squeal....I live
I suspect he meant lubricate the calliper sliding surfaces in the hub (not
sure if you use the same terminology, but it's simply the place that allows
calliper mechanisms to move in and out against the rotor). This is standard
and necessary brake maintenance, otherwise you run the risk that one or both
pads may not freely press against the rotor, which, incidentally, can cause
squeal. If done properly, you get no lubricant on the actual braking
I would dispute that lubricating the sliding pins is standard
maintenance. The pins are not lubricated from new, the reason being is
that grease attracts dirt which causes wear. I always clean the pins and
refit them dry although I appreciate that some people prefer to use a
high temp grease on them.
In any case, we are talking about grease and not oil.
British Jet Engine Website http://www.britjet.co.uk
That may be the case in your climate, but in places with winter conditions
and salt on the roads the sliding surfaces can rust up without lubrication.
We use special brake lubricants, which is also used on alloy wheels where
they contact the hubs, and on wheel nut threads. These lubricants stay
slippery enough that any dirt is cleared away with normal movement.
Oh I see what our communication problem is now...it's not those guide pins
I'm talking about (they're usually covered by a rubber boot) but rather the
surfaces of the hub on which the calliper bodies move back and forth. They
are not chromed (hubs never are in my experience) and can certainly rust.
Exactly that happened on my Chrysler van last winter. I seldom drive it in
winter, and by last spring the brakes had seized up. I had to take them
apart, wire-brush the rust off and lubricate, so it's all fresh in my mind.
I got a can of spray lubricant from the Chrysler dealer which works for all
these purposes, as well as door locks, door hinges etc. I use it on my Focus
too. Good stuff.
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Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 2:37 PM
Subject: Squeeking brakes
Build up of brake dust and grime on the discs most likely. Mine suffers from
the same issue now and again. The recommended way of clearing it is to take
the car out for a bit of hard braking. Seriously...!
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