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Squeaky brakes Issue! Need help!

Ekimble83

Member
Jul 5, 2021
10
1
Puyallup
Need help! I've seen many threads about squeaky brakes and none of them are working "permanently" on my Model 3

Issue: when driving at slow speeds, I'm talking rolling or going less than 5 miles the driver side squeaks very loud.

What I've done so far: sped up real fast and brake.. This seems to work temporarily and when I mean temporarily I'm talking only works for that drive then when I don't use the car for a couple of hours it's back. 2nd thing I've done is clean the rotors, took the brake pads out and lubed up the necessary areas as well as the calipers, used break cleaner parts to spray rotors and other areas. Put the break pads back and it seem like I just made the dang thing worse. 3rd thing I did was check to see if there's any loose debri in the rotor cover moved that back and forth for about 10-15 min and nothing came out. Now I'm all out of options. I have a scheduled appt to have my car checked out in two weeks but I feel like I shouldn't have to. Any thoughts!??
 

Ekimble83

Member
Jul 5, 2021
10
1
Puyallup
Are you using “Hold” mode? If so, turn it off for a while. This will force you to use your brakes more and possibly clean up the rotors.
I took it off on my profile, but I think my wife has it on hers, but I'll have her take it off... I know we put the degenerative braking to Low but we'll do the hold as well thanks!
 
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Ekimble83

Member
Jul 5, 2021
10
1
Puyallup
I did! Literally going 90mph close to 100mph but like I said in my post it only works for that drive. Literally no sound, but then if I park and wait 2hours or so, it's right back!
 

Motion122

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Jan 14, 2020
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Santa Barbara & Los Angeles
Perform a few slow downs(one after another) from highway speeds with 80% pedal pressure. If your rotors are still shinny after this, do it again. You may need to do it at higher speeds and/or with higher pedal pressure. Rotors should be look dull/gray/purple.
 

Ekimble83

Member
Jul 5, 2021
10
1
Puyallup
Thanks when you mean scuff, you mean sand it down a bit?
This did the trick!!!! Thank You!!!! I saw on another thread that some shops use an angle grinder with a 50 grit.... and I did the same thing. No more squeaks! I did notice that there was a glaze after you mentioned it and sure enough when I removed it, I didn't hear anything!
 

Rmchrger

Member
Feb 21, 2021
97
178
Arlington, Washington
This did the trick!!!! Thank You!!!! I saw on another thread that some shops use an angle grinder with a 50 grit.... and I did the same thing. No more squeaks! I did notice that there was a glaze after you mentioned it and sure enough when I removed it, I didn't hear anything!
Excellent. Glad it worked. I've had to do this on more than one vehicle. It can return if they glaze up again. The cadillac we had, it came back in about 18 months. I sanded/ scuffed the glaze off that thing 3 times over the years. The final fix (on that caddy) was a set of slotted rotors. The slots can help prevent glazing. If it comes back sooner than later, just do it again but you may have to deglaze the pads too. Scuff the pads by hand LIGHTLY! Both surfaces can glaze causing noise.
 

Ekimble83

Member
Jul 5, 2021
10
1
Puyallup
Excellent. Glad it worked. I've had to do this on more than one vehicle. It can return if they glaze up again. The cadillac we had, it came back in about 18 months. I sanded/ scuffed the glaze off that thing 3 times over the years. The final fix (on that caddy) was a set of slotted rotors. The slots can help prevent glazing. If it comes back sooner than later, just do it again but you may have to deglaze the pads too. Scuff the pads by hand LIGHTLY! Both surfaces can glaze causing noise.
You're the man! I was just looking at slotted rotors too, just in case this thing came back sooner than expected. But if it lasts me 18months like yours I think I'll be fine with doing a little maintenance from time to time.
 

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