'87 VW Jetta Brakes

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

I read with interest the question recently about squealing brakes. My problem goes beyond initial brake application squeal. I have a 1987 VW Jetta that I recently got from my sister. The paint is faded, the interior is almost immaculate and the car runs pretty good (idles a little rough, but runs good when it warms up and averages 30-34 MPG). My biggest complaint at this point about the car is the incessant squealing of the brakes. It is quite annoying. I have tried cleaning the pads and rotors (air, water, brake cleaner) and while the squeal disappears for a short while, it always comes back. I am not sure what type of pads are on the car, but if I had to guess I would have to say semi-metallic. Am I going to have to get rid of the semi-metallic pads and put on organic pads to get rid of the squeal?

I am sorry to say, but semi-metallic pads do often squeal a lot. One thing you might want to try is a product called "squeal-stop". I think that it is put out by permatex. You put in on the back side of the pad. The part that goes against the caliper. This is supposed to help "quiet" those guys down.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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