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Hi All,

New to Alfa's, previously owned Fiat Coupes for last years, but thought i would grow up with a Brera :)

Got to say I love the car, apart from one niggling issue and was just hoping someone could help.

When i go the car, in Oct, i was driving it home and noticed this squeeling which got louder and louder and espcially prominent when turning right. I read forums on here and also the Alfa Workshop about the copper grease on the caliper. I asked a mechanic to do this, and for 6 weeks or so the problem seemed to go( this was done on the front right brake)

Now the squeel is back, but much much worse, so i went to the same garage (not alfa specialist, but i do trust, saved me with my Coupe numerous times) and they are saying that i need new rear discs and pads.

What do you guys think? shall i proceed with this and then if the problem persists ask them again?

I do love Alfa's well all Italian cars...and you have to love the niggles :lol:

Any help most appreciated...thanks All

Sorry if i am vague, not especially mechanically minded!!
 

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I would want to check the pads and discs myself as it is relatively rare for rear discs to wear out but if the pads have been binding and causing the squeal they could be in poor shape. However, if they are that bad why didn't they suggest new discs and pads when it was last looked at.

If you are not able to do it yourself I would take it to AHM, one of the best Alfa independent specialists, who probably aren't that far from you.

AHM AlfaFiatCare - Alfa Romeo, FIAT & Abarth 500 Specialist | Servicing | Repairs | Remaps | DPF Removal

If it is a diesel get it remped and DPF/EGR removed while you are there. It may seem expensive but it is the best money you will EVER spend on your car.
 

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Welcome Stefano. I am another Stefano with a Brera and my brother is the president of the FCCUK so much in common lol. It may be unrelated, but i had a brake squeal which was caused by a stone stuck between disc and pad at the back. I drove the car a few metres with the handbrake pulled and it dislodged it. Probably not the same issue you are having but worth a shout.....
 

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Thanks Gents.

kandlbarret, thanks for that, i was looking to get mine booked in there for a cambelt change anyway, so Ill give them a shout early next week and see what AHM say. Both my brothers use them, 156 and 159 TI. 159 just had DPF removed and stage 2 tune to 260 BHP....I like the sound of that. But first, brakes :)

Thanks Guys
 

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My 159 has a rear brake squeek at the moment. The discs are not far from end of life so will change them when the pads are next due. From experience this does sometimes happen when there is a worn lip on the disc, and stripping down, copper ease etc only cures it short term so you end up doing the discs in the end anyway. Will be looking at mine this weekend. Also the rubber sheaving (gaitor) at the end of the hand brake cable on each side are split and you cant get the protective gaitors seperately. Will have to apply plenty of grapite grease instead or the cables will start seizing - more jobs !
 
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I had squeal on my 159 rear brakes, I took off the wheels and removed the pads, on the back of the pads was a thin metal plate rusted to bits, I removed this and cleaned of the rust from back of the pads and cleaned the callipers using a battery drill and wire brush, copper slipped the back of pads and put it back together. No problems since. Its an easy job but you need a calliper rewind tool to wind in the pistons to replace the pads. Cost about £10

I found that on long journeys with the squeal the rear brakes got really hot, then the clutch pedal dropped to the floor.. this happened twice, not happened since I cleaned up the rear callipers though.
 
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