Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Dodge Omni, Squealing Like a Pig
Just recently I took my '89 Dodge Omni to get it checked due to a loud
squealing noise I notice while driving. They replaced the front brakes
and rotors but the squealing still continued. I took it back and they
cleaned up the brakes and told me the problem was solved-but it wasn't.
The squealing seems to slow down (but doesn't stop) when I brake. It is
so annoying! It doesn't begin until I drive for a couple of miles. Is
there anything I could check out?......Jason
would suggest checking the dust shields located just behind the disc brake
rotors. The dust shields are easily bent during brake service. When a
dust shield contacts the rotors' surface it will emit a squeaking or squealing
noise that sounds very much like bad brakes. Also, dust shields are notorious
for waiting to make noise until the vehicle has been driven.