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Old 10-05-2012, 02:09 PM
burtonfamily101 burtonfamily101 is offline
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x3 brake replacement problem

I replaced my brakes recently with bosch, I know not oem but got a really good deal and ive used bosch before on other cars. But I cant seem to get the brake noise to stop while coming to complete stop. Ive done everything with the lube..I lubed the back of the pads and the calipars even got the spray stuff that you can spray on the routors itself. That worked for about 300ish miles but now its starting to come back.

It it alot better then before, but I just read on here that it could be my caliper pins?..I didnt lube them or anything when I changed them. One of the rubber housing has a big hole with no cap...

Should my next step try and lube those to see what happends? It shouldn't be the tensioner clip should it? I didnt replace that.

Any input would be great,

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:25 PM
x3brian x3brian is online now
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Caliper slide pins absolutely need to be lubed up although that might not be your problem. I do recommend trying it though.

Years ago I had a car that ate brake pads and rotors. The oem pad set with shims and new metal mounting tabs was $178. I decided to buy a set from napa for $78 on the second replacement and they squeaked constantly no matter what I did. I ended up taking them off and buying the oem pads and problem went away. What I discovered was the pads, while the same size, were a slightly different design. The old mounting tabs that I reused were not properly holding them in place as the calipers pushed them onto the rotor. This is what was causing the constant squeaking. I figured it out once I had both unworn pads sitting next to each other on my work bench.

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