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#101 of 113 04,05 Forester Brakes Squeal
Apr 28, 2008 (11:23 am)
The brakes on my two Foresters screech. One has 22K miles and the other 28K. I have taken them to Subaru dealers who tell me the discs are glazed or there is dust or stones in them. I took them to a brake repair chain, who told me there was a manufacturing defect. I have not received any recalls from Subaru, and called the 800 number. They said there were no recalls. Can someone tell me what the problem is? I had several earlier Foresters that did not have this problem.
#102 of 113 Re: 04,05 Forester Brakes Squeal [ziggy15]
May 01, 2008 (11:54 am)
If pads are glazed they can be scuffed, i.e. they scratch the surface.
New pads are $20 or so, so I'd just replace them, myself. Ever done brakes?
Even if you have to pay your mechanic, the pads are several years old and I would go ahead and flush the brake fluid while you're at it.
The 2009s are out so yours are 4-5 years old now, I'd just replace the pads.
#103 of 113 Re: 04,05 Forester Brakes Squeal [ateixeira]
May 01, 2008 (1:28 pm)
The problem of screeching brakes occured almost right away with the cars, maybe after 10,000 miles. I took it to the brake chain place, and they replaced the pads, cleaned and lubricated the other components.They also took care of the glaze. However, the screeching continued. they told me there was a manufacturing defect and that replacing the pads won't take care of the problem.
#104 of 113 Re: 04,05 Forester Brakes Squeal [ziggy15]
May 01, 2008 (3:52 pm)
There has been no reported "defects" in the brakes. I'd find a different brake place and get Pads, Rotors and a Flush of the brakes before doing anything.
#105 of 113 Brake pad tools?
Jul 03, 2008 (2:01 pm)
I have a 05' forester XT. 26K miles. Recent brake inpection revealed brakes at 15 to 20 percent left.
I have some experience with brakes but all on older vehicles.
Will I need any special drives or tools to change the pads on this car?
#106 of 113 Re: Brake pad tools? [sethjw]
Jul 06, 2008 (11:37 am)
14mm wrench and a C-Clamp and about 1-2hrs of free time and you can swap the pads easily.
#107 of 113 Use of non-SUBARU breaks
Aug 29, 2008 (4:02 pm)
My inspection was just about overdue so I took my 2006 Forester to Monro. They called me at work at said I needed new rear breaks (about 43,000 miles). I felt a little in a bind because I wanted to use subaru parts, but the guy convinced me the replacement parts they had were compatible. The cost was ~$190 for rear brakes.I know the manual specifies subaru breaks. Should I be concerned that I did not get subaru breaks?
#108 of 113 Re: Use of non-SUBARU breaks [2subarufam]
Aug 29, 2008 (4:44 pm)
Just use a brand you trust. The Magnussen-Moss Warranty act says that as long as the parts meet the OE specifications there is no effect on the warranty for the caliper and braking system.
#109 of 113 Re: Use of non-SUBARU breaks [ateixeira]
Aug 29, 2008 (7:11 pm)
Never use Subaru parts for brake replacements. There are lots of better or cheaper parts out there.
I'm sure the ones that monroe used will be acceptable, especially for the rears.
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#110 of 113 Re: Use of non-SUBARU breaks [paisan]
Jan 06, 2010 (8:59 am)
I buy my pads from Pep Boys and they last me a couple of years and 30K + miles.