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Steve, I won't tool on you for what someone else said, but I don't buy it. I've had brakes with 20,000 miles on them start squealing. Long after any cutter marks are gone. But I bet his trick often works, for it would cut glaze off the rotor, which would in turn cut glaze off the pad. Whaddya all think? Toby B (currently with drums, anyway!) > > This note on squeeling disc brakes. A local auto repair radio talk show in > Atlanta has a mechanic named Sam Memmolo on it. He says the reason disc brakes > squeek is that the rotors have probably been turned using a directional cutting > tool (the kind on just about every brake lathe in mechanic shops). > > These directional cutting marks cause the pad to "dance" on the surface of the > rotor when pressure is applied, thus causing them to vibrate against the pad > holders and make a noise. The cutting marks can also cause new pads to > prematurely fail, depending on the type of pads used. > > He says the original cut on the OEM rotors is done using a helical cutting tool ( > makes curved cutting marks across the face of the rotor instead of parallel to > the direction of rotation of the wheel). > > He comments that you can smooth down these cutting marks by mounting the rotor, > spin it and sand it with 320 grit emery cloth, moving the paper back and forth > from the hub to the outer rim of the rotor to remove the directional cutting > marks of the brake lathe. He says the smoother the surface, the less the squeel. > > Steve B.