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Old 08 Sep 2007, 08:07 pm
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Default Squeaky brakes on 2003 PT

Hello,

My rear brakes have been squeaking for quite awhile now. I have brought the vehicle back to the dealer several times. They supposedly performed a 'cleaning' each time. The squeaking stopped for just a little while and return within a month. The dealer also said that this is characteristic trait in PT Cruisers. Is there a service bulletin I can refer to?

It is driving me crazy. Any suggestions other than bringing it in for a 'cleaning'?

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Old 09 Sep 2007, 09:19 am
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Cheap pads or shoes make a lot of brake dust. Especially on rear brake shoes, that dust settles inside the drums and when enough builds up, the squealing starts. If you want to get rid of the noise for good, clean everything again and go for better quality brake shoes.
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Old 09 Sep 2007, 08:00 pm
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Cheap pads or shoes make a lot of brake dust. Especially on rear brake shoes, that dust settles inside the drums and when enough builds up, the squealing starts. If you want to get rid of the noise for good, clean everything again and go for better quality brake shoes.
Ceramic pads work the best!!!
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Drum or brake pads?
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Old 08 Oct 2007, 06:38 pm
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Default Re: Squeaky brakes on 2003 PT

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I just went and tried NAPA for some ceramic brake 'shoes' and they did not have any.

This is why I am back on the forum. Is there a recomended ceramic brake shoe? If not, is there a type/brand that will end my squealing?

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Old 08 Oct 2007, 06:59 pm
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I would think almost anything would be better than what came stock on the rear (and front). Here's a set I found while searching but I can't stand behind them. Believe it or not, I have 90K on the rear drums and never had a problem with them so far. Changed fronts twice.

2001 - 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Brake Shoe Set

If you put "PBR Brake Shoes" into a Google search, it comes up with recommendations for all kinds of cars. Doesn't mean they are the best out there, but certainly better than OEM.
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Old 09 Oct 2007, 07:58 pm
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I have been dealing with a simular problem for years, in the morning the rear drums almost sound like they have sand in them then after the first 2 or 3 applications of brake it goes away. I came to the conclusion it must be light surface rust forming on the inside of the drum from sitting overnight, its very humid here in South Florida.
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My son's Dodge Stratus does exactly the same thing. After a few applications, the brakes are fine. It is also parked outside at night.
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