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      01-03-2009, 11:45 PM   #1
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squeaky brake issue

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Everytime I come to a stop I can hear a squeaking noise. I'm assuming its my brakes making the noise. I have check the brake pads and I still have a fair bit left so im not sure why its making the squeaky noise. Does anyone else have this issue?

I also noticed that when i park my car and pull up the hand brake it always rolls a little bit more then usual. Is that normal? it just feels like the hand brake is never up completely but I always double check now but it still rolls back.

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      01-04-2009, 12:20 AM   #2
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do your breaks squeak while driving very slow as well?
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do your breaks squeak while driving very slow as well?
that's the worst
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hate this problem, its happened to me twice... take it to the dealer
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      01-04-2009, 12:41 AM   #5
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when im driving slowly it doesnt squeak unless i step on the brakes.

when im going a bit faster and apply the brakes, there is no noise. It only happens when im coming to a stop or driving at like 10kmp/h and apply the brakes.
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      01-05-2009, 05:24 AM   #7
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do your breaks squeak while driving very slow as well?
haha thats my problem mate! Do you have the same problem when your rolling in Glendale picking up some of the Armo beauties around the area? If you do they will most likely run away from the car when they hear the noise it makes.
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      01-05-2009, 06:08 AM   #8
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we must have the same problem then

I think your noise is heard while accelerating where as mine one starts as soon as i tap on the brakes.

Is there a way to fix this by myself? or do I need to take this to a professional to fix?
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      01-05-2009, 06:50 AM   #9
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we must have the same problem then

I think your noise is heard while accelerating where as mine one starts as soon as i tap on the brakes.

Is there a way to fix this by myself? or do I need to take this to a professional to fix?
haha

I took my car to BMW and they really had no proper fix, i am hoping BMW can either fix or replace your brake pads depending on how new your car is. I am soon going to ask BMW Sydney to replace my brake pads because its starting to annoy me slightly, i mean i feel like im in a torana when im starting to speed up. Oh the looks i get when im driving in the city and this whistling noise occurs.
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      01-05-2009, 05:24 PM   #10
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does it only tend to squeal when the brakes are cold? (common on hi performance pads). I notice my e90 does the same when brakes are cold on light applications. The only solution that may work is to drive the car harder.

Try to do a few harder than normal deceleration once the brakes have warmed up a bit. eg. 60km/h down to stop at a set of lights.. (don't do it when someone's behind you though!! watch for traffic behind).

Not sure what pad compound bmw uses but if it is a hi performance/ high operating temp pad then driving it in slow traffic and not using it hard enough over time will cause the pad and rotor to glaze over and start squeaking real bad. Sometimes if it's got to that stage the only option is to get new pads and ground/ machine the rotors then bed and use the new set "properly"

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      01-29-2009, 05:27 AM   #11
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hey alll

Just a little update on my squeaky brakes issue. Well I did alot of reading on this forum and came across some helpful infomation and things to try before taking it to the shop.

Well from what I read is that I should put the car in reverse and then slam on the brakes. I tried this a few time and to my surprise this actually worked. Its been a week now and still no noise from my brakes.

ansch - i tried what you suggested .. as fun as it was, it didnt seem to work for my car... its was actually more fun in reverse... and as a added bonus i dont have any squeaky brakes
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      01-29-2009, 04:02 PM   #12
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hey alll

Just a little update on my squeaky brakes issue. Well I did alot of reading on this forum and came across some helpful infomation and things to try before taking it to the shop.

Well from what I read is that I should put the car in reverse and then slam on the brakes. I tried this a few time and to my surprise this actually worked. Its been a week now and still no noise from my brakes.

ansch - i tried what you suggested .. as fun as it was, it didnt seem to work for my car... its was actually more fun in reverse... and as a added bonus i dont have any squeaky brakes
Thanks for the update! Any excuse will do for me, so now i can do reverse drifting in order to fix my brake pad noise
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      02-06-2009, 12:17 AM   #13
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hey alll

Just a little update on my squeaky brakes issue. Well I did alot of reading on this forum and came across some helpful infomation and things to try before taking it to the shop.

Well from what I read is that I should put the car in reverse and then slam on the brakes. I tried this a few time and to my surprise this actually worked. Its been a week now and still no noise from my brakes.

ansch - i tried what you suggested .. as fun as it was, it didnt seem to work for my car... its was actually more fun in reverse... and as a added bonus i dont have any squeaky brakes
my car started this a few 1000ks ago as well, its annoying....goin to try this later and see if it works...
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      02-06-2009, 01:14 AM   #14
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Pretty sure its a huge BMW thing. I've seen a lot about it on this forum. My dad's 5 and my 3 both do it. It comes and goes, with no realtion to the weather. BMW didn't do anything for it.
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      02-07-2009, 09:10 AM   #15
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I've got it too guys. It is quite embarrassing . I will try the reverse thing tomorrow and let you know how i go.
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      02-08-2009, 09:05 PM   #16
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i think i have exactly same problem. indeed i was just about to call bmw sydney to book for service. squicky noise at whatver speed and hand brake issues as well.
wish me luck boys it might have tough arguement trying to get it fixed^^;;;
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      02-09-2009, 05:43 PM   #17
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This seems like a very common problem. I wonder why they havent done anything about it. Well please keep us updated on how it goes.
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      02-09-2009, 06:12 PM   #18
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Hey guys this is actually a very common problem with the new bmws. I think it has to do something with the fact that they use dual brake sensors. My car has the same problem.

Anyway, you should print out this service bulletin and show it to the service person.

http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/...p/B340808g.htm
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oh great!! thanks for that alpha, i am taking mine this friday to bmw sydney....
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Thanks Alpha! Im also going to take this to BMW Sydney to get brake pad replacements.
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      02-10-2009, 06:15 AM   #21
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Thanks Alpha! Im also going to take this to BMW Sydney to get brake pad replacements.
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oh great!! thanks for that alpha, i am taking mine this friday to bmw sydney....
Hey guys,
Let me know how the both of you go, my brakes love to squeal so might give this service bulletin a go as well.

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      02-10-2009, 09:10 PM   #22
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Also when you go to your dealer, they might insist on cleaning and sanding the brakes. This will only fix the problem temporarily and it will come back later. When you bring the service bulletin with you, tell them that you already tried to clean the brakes and that it only delays the problem. I have researched this problem alot and the only fix that works includes them replacing something(brake pads, brake lingings, caliphers,). Usually they replace all these things togther, just make sure you look at your service receipt to see what they replaced or otherwise did.
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