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Old 23-03-2019   #151
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

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My brakes don't honk
I spoke too soon, back at the start of this thread in October 2015!

I've never had any noise when reversing, but at 42k miles, and nearly 4 years old, the rear brakes on my Cross have started squealing with a vengeance! They are quiet for the first 10 minutes of a journey, after which the banshee wailing and screetching begins, until journey's end. Running with the handbrake on to clean the surface of the pads and discs makes no difference (apart from stopping the wretched noise temporarily while the handbrake is engaged).

Time to get the spanners and copper grease out, methinks! And I was looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend attacking the undergrowth in my garden.
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Old 23-03-2019   #152
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

It's very odd - this brake sqeal seems to be fairly common but I've never experienced it, either on my 13-plate 4x4 TA or its 100HP predecessor. I'm fortunate that my car spends most of its time in a garage with the handbrake off and I suspect this makes a difference.
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

Mine started squealing a week or so ago, discovered that one of the dust protectors had completely detached itself, ripped it out, problem solved��
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

Might be too late to be of help. Mine was rear brakes not releasing, you could feel intense heat from the squeaky one after driving. Was sorted with disc and pad change, although rear discs are not an easy job on the 4x4 I believe
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

Some pads have a thin shim bonded the the metal backing plate. Its not unheard of for these to part company with the pad. There are two options. Stick them back, or take them off and discard them. If the latter remember the pads will need renewing a little earlier as removal reduced the thickness by about 1mm. Its annoying but not restricted to Fiat brakes. Another possible fix is to remove the pads and chamfer the edges with a file this will also help reduce squeal. Remove any lip from the disc with a file or grinder while the pads are being checked. Ensure the Fiat 'mod' is fitted to the brakes too. This will be an FOC job at your dealer. With thorough cleaning and correct reassembly this lot should see you sorted.
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

Do you reckon they'll do that mod FOC for a car that's now out of warranty?
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

@gar074 my Fiat dealer that was suggested the modification only relates to certain ages of car, paying for the modified parts to stop the noise 200 all in. I had my brakes cleaned out with a soft brush and calipers lubed (or whatever it was) for about 50.
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

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Since the 'vibration dampers' have been fitted sometime in September I've had no recurrence of brake squeal, or any other noise. It seems to have done the trick.
Makes one wonder why the ** Fiat don't fit these dampers to all new ones now they know about the issue????????
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

Mine too. I drive used Panda Mk2 Climbing from 2008. Noise stoping when I pres break.
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Re: 4x4 squealing rear brakes

I stripped mine down a few months ago, cleaned them thoroughly, filed the edges off the discs, chamfered the edge off the pads, copper-greased the backs, and, less than 3k miles later, they've just started squealing to high heaven again. Seriously p*ssed off!
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