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Old 11-24-2005, 05:43 AM   #1
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When to replace brake pads

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I am new to my Boxster. When I am comming to a redlight from say 50 miles per hour I am hearing a Hi pitch squeel when I apply the brakes very lightly. Soon as I push harder it goes away. This does not happen everytime either. It is once in a while. I don't hear it if I am only going 20 miles per hour or so. How do you know when to replace your brake pads. I don't want to bring it to a mechanic becuase they will just tell you that they need to be replaced.
If so Do you have to buy expensive brake pads if you are not racing. I use my car just for casual driving.(Highway,to the store etc).
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Old 11-24-2005, 06:39 AM   #2
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If it were me, I would take it to a quality brake shop (NOT MIDAS ETC.) that knows Porsche.

Sounds like you need pads but an inspection is the only real way to know.

Stock pads are fine.

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My 99 does it as well. I would not worry about it so much as long as the brake feel is normal. I notice mine does it when its cold outside and as it heats up(longer I drive,outside temp.) it does not do it. As soon as the brake start feeling funny I would take it in.
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Bruce,
What stock pads do you recommend that are not that expensive.
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Old 11-24-2005, 03:33 PM   #5
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Pagid makes the stock ones for the 99'. For great prices and free shipping over $50(USD) go to http://www.************************************************************/index.html
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Old 11-24-2005, 05:52 PM   #6
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HI,

You want to make sure that you are not applying the Brakes too lightly. Doing so can Glaze the pads and they'll squeal. If it happens, apply the Brakes a little more firmly and you should be fine. Hope this helps...

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