Brake squeal problem. 2007 Toyota Avalon

Asked by May 08, 2015 at 12:05 AM about the 2007 Toyota Avalon XLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So my baby is making some high
pitched squealing noises. It starts up
when I've either 1. been driving 20-
25 minutes or 2. hit highway speeds.
It goes away when I brake and also
when I turn my wheel left or right. I
took it to a shop and he said there is
minor wear on the break pads but
should be fine. SUGGESTED
possibly changing all 4 brake pads,
rotors and break hardware and that
MIGHT take care of the squeal.

My rotors on the front were replaced
with brand new about a year and a
half ago. So i have a hard time
believing they need replaced already.
The front brakes were done then
also. My rear brakes were done over
the summer last year.
The squeal is horrible.  I hate driving
my car right now. Does anyone have
any ideas? Should I take it to another
shop for a second opinion?
Unrelated, the quote for the brake
job was absurd when I can do it
myself with cost of parts for 10% of
what they wanted. Ridiculous!

4 Answers

100,445

Check to see if you front pads are equipped with "sounders" they are little metal tabs that rub on the rotors when the pads get to a certain wear point, they are designed to notify the driver that brakes are due to be replaced before damage is done, and they stop squealing when you step on the brakes. You may have plenty of lining on the pads but the sounder could have been damaged or bent by road debris. Worth a look.

If that is the case-the sounders-will replacing the brake hardware fix that issue?

100,445

No. They are riveted to the brake pad itself.

I think that sounds like a feasible answer. Will check that out. Thanks!

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