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sprint speciale

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159 Squeaky front brakes
« on: June 17, 2021, 01:50:09 PM »
Hi Everyone,

For a long time now my front brakes on my 2011 159 2.4 D Wagon have been squeaking at low speed (at the lights, parking etc)

Its driving me nuts.......people laugh at the lights .....I even get "funny" texts from friends as I approach.

My long time well known Alfa Mechanic and friend supposedly, who fitted the pads, tells me there is nothing he can do as this is a characteristic of genuine Alfa Romeo pads.

I have spoken to a couple of other 159 owners I know and none have ever had this problem.

Has anyone else experienced this ?  Is my mechanic right ?

I don't need help from my car, my brakes, my mechanic etc to look silly ..........I can do that all by myself .

Would you put up with this ?

Thanks in advance,

Frank .
1963 Giulia Sprint Speciale no. 796 Ruddspeed RHD
1964 Giulia Spider (restoration)
1968 1300 GT Junior
1969 1750 Spider Veloce (osso di seppia)
1974 Alfasud L
1978 Alfetta GTV
1984 Alfetta GTV 6
1999 GTV 6 (GTA Engine)
2001 Spider lusso
2006 V6 Q4 Brera (Supercharged)
2011 159 2.4 Sportswagon

Colin Edwards

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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2021, 03:57:55 PM »
A regular occurrence on my 2009 159Ti.  Usually the rears. 
Caused by repeated light brake applications scraping the rotor back to bare metal.
Anti-squeal paste helped a bit as did getting some serious heat into the brakes every now and then.
Not uncommon with high spec brakes - they are Brembo's!   
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vin sharp

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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2021, 06:13:35 PM »
How times change....I recall back in the 60/70s when most disc brake cars had the low speed squeak. It announced your car actually had DISC BRAKES & the noise was normally accepted, and as a badge of technological pride to some extent! 

Colin Edwards

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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2021, 09:39:40 AM »
The people that "laugh at the lights" probably have no issue with those cars from Northern Europe whose exhaust sound like a very wet fart.
Take your friends to a local motorsport event and listen to cars with serious brakes scraping and squealing as they are driven around the pits and onto the out grid. 

Yes Vin.  Some people need to get out a bit more! 
I love the song disks sing when pushed to their limit - its what they're designed to do.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2021, 10:38:09 AM by Colin Edwards »
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2020 Giulietta Veloce
2018 Abarth 124 Spider
1987 75 3.0

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2006 147 Ti 2 door Selespeed
1979 Alfasud Ti 1.5

Alfatango

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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2021, 09:57:42 PM »
I have EBC pads fitted and love the braking power. Blue stuff on the front and yellow stuff on the rear. Yellows all round would be fine if its just road driving. Some mechanics recommend yellow on front and one down from yellows on the rear, green I think. You can import them directly from EB brakes direct online.
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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2021, 06:25:50 AM »
Had the problem.  ABS brakes Eltham did some chamfer shaving to get rid of it. 

kaymar

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Re: 159 Squeaky front brakes
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2021, 12:05:48 PM »
Anti squeal shims behind the pads?