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Old 10-04-2012, 08:47 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Not sure if I posted this in the right place but bare with me. I have an 04 nissan maxima that I have been the owner of for approximately 3 months. In the 3 months that I've had it I have changed all 4 rusted rotors once and have changed both front and back brake pads several times. However when driven my car seems to continuously make this whining noise. Its gotten A LOT worse now. Its never happened to me before replacing the rotors and the only thing that would make it temporarily stop is when I lightly tap on the breaks but then it starts up again when I take off. Also the break pads no maTter how many times I change them they continue to squeak. This is also extremely annoying. The only thing I have done is spray the rotors and breaks with break cleaner. I was told my brake fluid was dirty but not sure if that's the sole issue. Any suggestions? Any advice? Thanks in advance
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What kind of rotors? Brand of brake pads?
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Could it possibly be a wheel bearing?
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What kind of rotors? Brand of brake pads?
I got the rotors from autozone because they were free not sure of brand. For my next purchase I'm getting a different brand and the brake pads are the duralast from autozone as well.
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Could it possibly be a wheel bearing?
Not entirely sure but ill have it checked.
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I got the rotors from autozone because they were free not sure of brand. For my next purchase I'm getting a different brand and the brake pads are the duralast from autozone as well.
Are they ceramic or semi-metallic?

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Could it possibly be a wheel bearing?
Wheel bearing will not change tone if you press on brakes. It will be a constant whining sound and will increase or decrease when you slow down or accelerate

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Are they ceramic or semi-metallic?

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Wheel bearing will not change tone if you press on brakes. It will be a constant whining sound and will increase or decrease when you slow down or accelerate

They are semi-metallic
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They are semi-metallic
The semi-metallic will make a weird sound while driving. It's part of the material used to make that pad. I'm guessing it wasn't the highest quality they had, which makes the situation even more clear.

Try upgrading to ceramic and see if it makes a difference.
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The semi-metallic will make a weird sound while driving. It's part of the material used to make that pad. I'm guessing it wasn't the highest quality they had, which makes the situation even more clear.

Try upgrading to ceramic and see if it makes a difference.
I've had ceramic pads before but there wasn't that much of a difference but ill give it another try as far as the squeaking goes. Not sure what could be causing the whining noise while driving though
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Originally Posted by Deadbolt View Post
Are they ceramic or semi-metallic?

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Wheel bearing will not change tone if you press on brakes. It will be a constant whining sound and will increase or decrease when you slow down or accelerate

Actually it does change when you brake, the tone changes when I apply the brakes on my car and I have a bad wheel bearing
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Default Re: Help! Brake Question.

Wheel bearing noise will change harmonic frequency according to the speed of the vehicle. If the noise goes away when you tap the brakes, I'd rule out the wheel bearings. Something isn't right in the brake system...

I've never liked the standard DuraLast pads, I use the DuraLast Golds on every brake job that I do. I also use the DuraLast rotors on all of my brake jobs, and I've never had anybody complain of any noise.

Are your pads binding up in the brackets? I know that lately, the pads that I'm getting from Autozone have had the brake linings powdercoated to prevent rust. While this is a nice idea on their part, I've found that it makes the pads fit VERY tightly into the brackets. I've been taking a file and filing down the little tabs on either end of the pad just enough that the pads slide nice and loosely inside the bracket. Try that and see if it helps at all.
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