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I've got a V Star 650, it's less than four months old. The front brakes squeak on and off. Sometime really loud. I'm told this is a common problem with entry level cruisers.

I sprayed regular brake cleaner all over everything first. Then I got that red disk quiet. I put disk quiet on the pad that didn't have a shim. That didn't help.

I got the brake pads in and out just removing one caliper pin. When I slid the caliper back over the pads it kinda looked like the contact points on the caliper just scraped the red goo out of the way.

At any rate, It still squeaks with the disk quiet. Will it help if I get higher performance brake pads?
 

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I had the same problem when I got my 650 brand new in 2010. When I took it in for the first oil change, I brought it up to the mechanic and he said that they squeak because they stopped using asbestos in the brake pads.
Once the brakes warm up it goes away, but the first few stops are extremely annoying!
 

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I had the same problem when I got my 650 brand new in 2010. When I took it in for the first oil change, I brought it up to the mechanic and he said that they squeak because they stopped using asbestos in the brake pads.
Once the brakes warm up it goes away, but the first few stops are extremely annoying!
It is the worst when I'm leaving my neighborhood. The first time I got rained on it went away for a while. The other day I had to brake hard going about 45 mph and it squeaked so loud it was kinda shocking.
 

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I put new brakes on my 1100 and they squealed something awful all the time. An auto mechanic friend suggested removing the pads and using a file to chamfer the edges of the pads. I was skeptical but he was right, the squeal went away. Been riding on them all summer and no more squeal.
 

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I put new brakes on my 1100 and they squealed something awful all the time. An auto mechanic friend suggested removing the pads and using a file to chamfer the edges of the pads. I was skeptical but he was right, the squeal went away. Been riding on them all summer and no more squeal.
That actually sounds like it would work. I've seen other posts online where people say they "roughed up" the brake pads with a file, but didn't really go into any details. Did you go around the entire pads, or did you just do the leading edge?
 

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Don't rough up the pads its a bad idea you can use Scotch Bright pads on the metal surface of the rotor will clean and scuff it a bit to help the pads seat. You can chamfer the brake pad edges a little bit but need to be carefull not to destroy the pad. Windex works best on noisy brakes
 

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That actually sounds like it would work. I've seen other posts online where people say they "roughed up" the brake pads with a file, but didn't really go into any details. Did you go around the entire pads, or did you just do the leading edge?
I just went around the entire edge of the pad. I filed the edge at 45 degrees till I had a flat surface about 1/8" wide. Don't know what that does, just that it worked in my case.
 

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If they stopped using pads with asbestos I assume they are now what is referred to as semi-metallic. I know on cages that type will squeak simply because it has more metal in it and we all know metal on metal squeaks. Maybe shop around for some replacement pads that are not semi-metallic.
 

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My front squeaks too, but as mentioned the noise goes away after a few stops. Must be oxidization on the pads and/or brake disk surface that gets scrubbed away after a few stops.
 
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