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I have just moved from living on a dirt road. My brakes are squeaking when I am driving and stopping my vehicle. Do I need to have a flush done on them? I need to get ready for winter, and I don't want to worry about my brakes. They have had a flush at the beginning of springtime. How many flushes can you have for a set of brakes?

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Have those brakes checked at a reputable and trustworthy garage. Squeaky brakes can be trying to tell you all kinds of things, none of them any good. You could have worn pads, or low on brake fluid (try looking it up in your owner manual, if yours is lost, Google your make and model, you can usually download the manual for free from the manufacturer website).

Good luck, and good thinking for knowing you need to do something now rather than during the winter weather!

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Your brake shoes probably are worn out and need to be replaced. My car manual states that when the brakes start squealing when you apply them, they are needing to have the shoes replaced.

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For safety's sake, have them checked out by a reputable garage.

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

What on earth do you mean by having your brakes "flushed"? I have been driving vehicles for 40 years, and I am sure I have never had that done.

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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

Okay, so I just googled "flushing brakes" which means replacing the brake fluid with all new fluid. The site I read this on recommended having this done every 30,000 miles. You have this done on ABS braking systems.

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That being said, it is not likely the fluid that is causing your brakes to squeal - far more likely to be brake pads or something inside the actual brake drum.

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