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#44 of 102 2000 Subaru Outback front brake problems
Jul 29, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I was recently given a 2000 Subaru Outback wagon by my father. I've had older subi's (80 and 92) and have had wonderful luck with them, however this one is having some issues. This car only has 65K miles on it and my dad has replaced the front brakes 2 times! He tried to figure out what the problem was since it was not usual to replace them at such low miles, but never determined the cause. The last time he replaced the brakes was about 5K miles ago and he used the most expensive ceramic brake pads he could buy, and now i don't recall if he turned the rotors or replaced them. What is happening now is a grinding sound (similar to when your brakes need to be replaced) every time I use the brakes. It seems i also hear some noise even when I'm not using the brakes. I've searched the internet and cannot seem to find anyone else with this problem. If anyone knows what could be causing this problem, please help!
Jul 29, 2008 (5:53 pm)
Since your front brakes are wearing out quickly it would appear that they are doing all the work of stopping the car. I would have a pro look at the rear brakes and check and see if they are performing. Especially the rear caliper pins and the brake hoses. The front hoses can and do fail causing the brakes to be applied slightly even with your foot off the brake pedal.Same with the back, only the effect is to reduce the amount of braking force applied in the rear thereby causing the fronts to wear more quickly. HTH.
#46 of 102 Re: [grvdgrz]
Jul 29, 2008 (6:31 pm)
Generally on subies now you go through pads every 30k miles and rotors ever 60-80k miles.
With that said, you could have a siezed or not very well sliding front caliper pin and this is dragging a pad wearing it down. This is common, especially if your dad didn't drive it often.
#47 of 102 Re: [grvdgrz]
Jul 29, 2008 (7:50 pm)
Thankyou so much for the great info! That was far more than i learned from calling a local mechanic and subaru dealer. I will definitely find a good mechanic and pass this on. Thanks again, ekb
Jul 31, 2008 (6:27 am)
Pads are so cheap, it shouldn't be a big concern. I think my dad got some for his Outback for $22 for the fronts, something like that. I put 'em on with my sister in an hour or so, bled the brakes, voila.
Pads for my Miata cost just $17, LOL.
#49 of 102 Revised posting to #44 re. 2000 subaru outback brake problems
Jul 31, 2008 (11:08 am)
Revision to my original post #44. Thanks everyone for great suggestions! I did talk with my dad and get a little more info on the history of the brake problems on this subi. This car has 65K miles on it now (see posting #44).
1. The first time my pops had problems (not sure mileage) one pad on one rear wheel was worn out, the other ok... and on the opposite side of car, one front pad was worn way more than its mate. He said he has always removed the pins, cleaned them and relubed them. However, they never seemed to be stuck so he could never explain the weird wear issues.
2. At 43K miles the REAR brakes were replaced.
3. At 61K miles the FRONT brakes were replaced and NEW rotors.
4. Now at 65K miles the brakes are making a terrible grinding noise as if they are totally worn out. My hubby swears it is the rear DS brake making all the noise. It is really hard to tell inside the car as i thought it was the front drivers side.
I will be taking this in to our mechanic next week but thought i'd revise this post in the meantime in case anyone has ever had weird issues like this. Not to mention hopefully steering the mechanic in a certain direction to save some $. Thankyou ahead of time for your replies!
Aug 08, 2008 (7:47 pm)
I had my front brakes fully replaced around 5,000 miles ago. They replaced the rotors, pads... pretty much everything considering I have 120k miles. They have been squeaking pretty much since they replaced them. I brought the car back and, of course, the technician heard nothing. My neighbors, friends and everyone else hears them, but never the technicians
It usually occurs RIGHT when I hit the brakes and as I push further in, it goes quiet.
Any ideas? Is it OK that they squeak?
#51 of 102 Re: Squeaking [pathtomax]
Aug 08, 2008 (7:53 pm)
They probably used cheap pads or didn't put the shims in properly. I use the Hawk HPs Pads and they come with a built in anti-squeel shim. Old shims re-used can also cause squeeling.
#52 of 102 Re: Squeaking [paisan]
Aug 08, 2008 (8:01 pm)
Does this noise have any effect on the durability / rotor wear & tear?
#53 of 102 Re: Squeaking [pathtomax]
Aug 09, 2008 (3:51 am)
Nope, it's just annoying.