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Old 10-08-2003, 09:42 PM   #1
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Squeaky Brakes

I just got a brand new 2003 Focus ZX5 last week. I've since noticed when the brakes are applied heavily, they squeak. I've read elsewhere on the net that the Focus is known for having squeaky brakes, but I was wondering if it is normal on a new 2003 and whether or not it is a bad thing.


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Old 10-08-2003, 09:45 PM   #2
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how many miles does it have ?
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I have a 2003 ZX3 and my breaks squeak a little bit in the morning if it's been cold and some dew got on them. After applying the breaks a few times it stops. Never had any problems when I apply the breaks heavily...

Are U sure it does this all the time or when you first get your car going
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its only got 400km

Sometimes it will do it, sometimes it won't. But it doesnt go away after usage for a while. It also only happens if the breaks are applied heavily.

Its weird
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Call the dealer's service department you got the car from and have them check it out. You should not hear any brake squeal under heavy braking in a brand new car.
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junky stock foci brakes, i hate em....squeaks, squeals, morning sickness, and eventually warped rotors (had mine checked 2 times, turned once (11k), and now the rotors are dead (30k))....junk, hate to see you spend money, but even if you get replacements, they'll give you the same thing....go for mintex pads all around and some different (bat standard) rotors when needed. although, if you get that squeak when you let off the brake, get them to lube the backin plates in the rear drums, cures the prob.

good luck, BAT hopefully your parts will be here 2mrw, drag'n on warped rotors sux

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just clean the front discs. its easy. and helps with stoping power.
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Believe it or not, brakes have a break-in period. Unfortunately, not mentioned in the manual as far as I know. In the industry (I work in automotive) they commonly talk about 500 miles (800km). Basically, it is allowing the pads to wear-in to the rotors on a microscopic level (brand-new rotors seem very smooth on a real-world level). So, in other words, you shouldn't be doing ANY "heavy braking" for the first 800km or so except of course in emergency situations.
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i have a 2003 as well and my brakes squeak. they mostly squeak in the morning cause the car is still cold but sometimes they squeak in the afternoon when that car has already been in use. i had the same problem with my 2001. i have about 6000 miles on my car. doesnt bother me too much but sometimes it does and i know i have to take it to the dealer to get that checked
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in my 02 focus , they squeaked a bit,nothing major, went away as the day passed.
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