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Old 03-09-2006, 07:50 PM
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I have about 6500 miles on my car now and the brakes sqeak a lot tilI really get moving and stopping. I understand that brakes are covered by MINI but could they try to not cover it because of my aftermarket wheels or having my car lowered (once it is). My RSX had the same kind of thing and they replaced the rotors a couple times. It was just a bad batch of brakes. maybe I'm too hard on them though I never tracked either car...
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:56 PM
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my brakes squeak a lot too.. i have just over 5,000 miles. my friend said that new brakes sometimes squeak and not to worry about it.. but if hes wrong i would like to know.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:58 PM
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mine squeek and grind... eah i need new breaks
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:59 PM
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Yeah... grindin's bad dood.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:59 PM
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Squeaky brakes are pretty normal. If you want less squeaky pads, you can get less aggressive ones, but you'll drive yourself crazy trying to find a pad combo that actually works well without squeaking. It could also be caused by the way you drive, as dragging the brakes down a hill or heating them up substantially will have a tendency to glaze the rotors (look closely at your rotors... do you see darker streaks?), which results in the vibration that causes the squeaking sound.

I'm running Ferodo DS2500, and mine don't just squeak, they siiing.

BTW, dealers aren't gonna say anything about aftermarket wheels, so don't worry about that. Most likely they'll just apply more copper lubricant where the caliper and bracket make contact with each other, which can sometimes dull the sound a bit.
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no squeaking here, and my dealership didn't care about aftermarket wheels and suspension either. I just got new rotors and pads at no charge (warranty)
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:37 PM
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Hmmm... I don't like the fact that it seems to be normal but it's good to hear that they probably won't care about the other stuff. Guess when I go in at 10K I'll get them to check the brakes.

What do you guys know about EBC Green Stuff Pads? yay,nay,meh?
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:38 PM
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mine squeak a helluva lot as well
very typical of disc brakes...
my right rear caliper is sticking a little too meh
I have heard the green stuff is crap btw
stock are just as good suposedly
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:54 PM
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I think the claim to fame with the Green Stuff pads is that they have virtually no brake dust. Not too sure how they perform though.
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:13 PM
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Green Stuff = meh

I ran a set of those awhile back. Here's why they suck:

1. They're not as dustless as they claim. They still produce a decent amount of dust, it's just brownish instead of pure black.

2. Contradictory to their claims that they have more bite, they don't. They actually have a bit less initial bite than the stock pads.

3. They are more prone to pad fade than the stock pads, and will begin to disintegrate at temperatures the stock pads can readily tolerate.

They do reduce brake dust a little bit, but that's really the only benefit. If brake dust is important enough to sacrifice braking performance, go for it, but I'm willing to get a little more performance for a little more dust. Heck, the Ferodos dust less than the stock pads, and have tons of bite and no fade. Their only downfall is that they squeal quite a bit. I kind'a like it, though. It gives my car that WRC feel when the brakes echo off of canyon walls.
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I even heard Ivan's brakes in my car driving a while back - they are loud as hell.

BTW: Mine don't squeak at all - take that!~
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Old 03-09-2006, 11:20 PM
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I just got brand new brake pads and rotors in the back!!

For FREE!

I still get a little squeak here and there ... brakes are meant to squeak.... and stop you i guess.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:09 AM
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noise is a sign of friction... and friction is goooood (in the case of brakes )
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