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Old 05-25-2009, 07:09 PM
dmcdlrn dmcdlrn is offline
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Default 07 brakes squeal

I bought an 07 Ranger about 3 months ago. Within the first few days I noticed that the brakes would squeal like they needed to be replaced under light braking but quiet right down when you push the pedal a bit harder. I took it back and had them look at it. They said that all these Rangers do this and to not worry about it.

Well, 2 things... my virtually new truck shouldn't squeal all the time as it is really annoying, and how would I know if the breaks were really going bad if I'm "used" to the noise?

Is this a known issue? Is there a solution to it? The pads and disks look fine, but I haven't pulled them.

This is my first Ford as I have been a GM/Chevy guy till now and I'm liking the truck but this is disappointing.

I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you might have.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:33 PM
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Well I will speak from experience from my family's vehicles. We had a Hyundai Sonata that had the same problem and the dealer told us the same thing. Dealers will tell you this because of something called the Lemon Law. Basically some cars have a cronic squeak sound. No matter how many times they replace the rotors/ drums and the pads it will still squeak. The Lemon Law requires the dealer to buy the car back and give you a new one if there is a cronic problem. In the state of VA the Lemon Law can occur within the first 12 months of having the vehicle. After that your stuck with it and the dealer does not have to buy back under law. I had a teacher that had a Chevy 1500 with the same problem and we had a Ford Focus that it also happened to... all squeaking brakes. All companies produce cars and trucks every year that fall under the squeak category and the Lemon Law but few are held to it because of the lack of knowledge of the law.

Now you have the right to demand service to the vehicle when under warranty so do insist to them that it needs to be resolved! If not then you also have the right to go fourth with the Lemon Law. If it is a used vehicle then it may be a different story but it probably still has a used powertrain warranty. I would go to them and hold it to them to fix it if there is a warranty for it.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:01 AM
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take it too a different dealer and make sure you are getting the paperwork so you can fill a complant and prove you took it in
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Old 06-01-2009, 05:37 PM
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Well, I took it back to the Chevy dealer I bought it at last week and they fed me the same song and dance. They said the differential backlash was within Ford spec as it needed that slop to be able to lock into 4 high while moving. Ok, I guess I can buy that and I find that if I shift a certain way (much different from my MX-5 I am used to) I can keep it relatively quiet.

The brakes I just don't know what to do. They squeal almost constantly when just lightly braking. The Chevy dealer said it was because I have rear drums and that the semi-metallic dust gets built up in there and cannot escape. I believe it, but don't accept it as it is at the very least a terrible design.

Lastly, I still don't understand why when my HVAC control is on face/feet, feet or face, the AC is on. It was 73 degrees today and on face/feet it was so cold I had to add heat and I can hear the compressor running.

I would take it to a Ford dealer and have them fix it but I'll have to pay for it and will have very little chance the Chevy dealer will pay me back. At this point I'm trying to finance my wedding and the rear differential on my mx-5 which is why I'm driving the truck during summer in the first place.

Does anybody have these problems with their 07 vintage? Am I the only one?
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:46 PM
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I know I'm digging this back up, but does anybody have any ideas? I drive my truck about once every other week now (because it is summer) and it squeals like it was designed to do that. I finally got fed up with it and replaced the shoes today. The old ones looked tired but would likely have passed inspection.

After the change, they still squeal. Not as badly, but still doing it. I'm starting to get really perturbed with this thing!

Please help!!
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