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#81 of 113 Re: Try [paisan]
May 14, 2007 (9:54 am)
Indeed. There is a bit of "training" needed to use them properly. A lot of folks fear the "pulsating pedal" and end up pumping the brakes anyway instead of letting the ABS do its job. When I first purchased my '96 Subaru, I spent a a couple hours with my wife one evening just driving around a deserted parking lot and getting a feel for the way the system operated. It really does make a world of difference. But, if the traction to the road is bad, there is only so much ABS will help you accomplish.
#83 of 113 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak
Jul 01, 2007 (4:42 pm)
I have a 2005 Forester "X" model with nearly 32,000, purchased new. Been back to the dealer 5 times with same problem: squeaking rear brake drums. The mechanic cleans them but the noise comes back within a week. Happens all the time, cold or hot. Dealer says I have to live with it. Hard to believe something like this can't be permanently fixed. Any suggestions?
#84 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [dave139]
Jul 01, 2007 (7:11 pm)
There were drums on 2005 Foresters?
#85 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [paisan]
Jul 01, 2007 (7:46 pm)
Right, rear drums but only on the X trim level.
#86 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [dave139]
Jul 01, 2007 (9:14 pm)
Gotcha, hmm I never paid much attention to drum brakes on any of my cars as they didn't do much stopping. I'd guess it's the spring mechanism in there causing the squeeking.
#87 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [paisan]
Jul 02, 2007 (9:43 am)
Thanks..Just returned from the dealer. The svc. mgr test drove the care himself this time and found the noise to be in left rear drum. They found that there was a "high" spot on the drum which was sanded. They also serviced the pads and added some sort of lube. The noise has gone away (again) but the test will be to see if it lasts.
#88 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [paisan]
Jul 02, 2007 (10:43 am)
True, the front brakes do 90% of the work, just look at your pad wear.
Rear discs end up needing drums for parking brakes anyway. So I'm not sure if they save any weight or complexity.
#89 of 113 Re: 2005 Forester w/ Brake squeak [ateixeira]
Jul 14, 2007 (7:21 pm)
With EBD, you get things spaced out better. On my Armada I do about 2 to 1 Front to Rear. As for complexity? The drum-in disc parking brake isn't too complex, I never touch drums with the springs and what not, but rear discs are great to replace, quite easy.
Nov 19, 2007 (10:56 am)
Need help, I have an 02 forester with rear drum brakes..... after I adjust them, after a little bit of driving, the pedal goes right to the floor when I go to stop then on the next pressing of the pedal, it goes back to normal. this happens until I can un-adjust them then they are fine.... Any input would be greatly appreciated.