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post #1 of 12 Old 04-23-2019, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Squeaky front brake

My front brake squeaks, but it's not like on a car, which is usually a single high pitched tone. The squeak I'm getting is a polyphonic glassy noise - reminiscent of someone dragging something across glass. It's only at low speed (I hear it in stop start traffic, or when rolling up to a red light).

Is this normal? Anything I can do to get rid of it?

I should say, the bike's only got 6k miles on, and pads have plenty of depth in them.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-12-2019, 03:52 PM
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Yeah, I think it’s normal. Mine makes a squeaking sound too at low speeds, and there is a lot of pad left.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-12-2019, 07:03 PM
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You could try some brake cleaner spray, making sure rotor is clean.
I don't notice noise on my bike.

If it's bothersome, perhaps remove pads from caliper, clean and inspect them for debris, then put back.

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Might be glazed brake pads.
Pop them out, have a look and clean them up with some sandpaper if needed.
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My front brake squeaks.... Is this normal? Anything I can do to get rid of it?
Yes. Go out on a fairly deserted road and from about 60 mph get on the brakes hard enough to activate the ABS. Let off the brakes when you get down to about 20 mph. Do this two or three times. That will get rid of the glazing you developed puttsing around. Repeat when they start squeaking again.
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Mine does the same, squeaky when it comes out of the garage, but after a few nice twisties with accompanying late braking, all is resolved.
As an aside, switching to the Galfer rear pads soon to try and improve rear braking though I appreciate I'll always be limited by the crappy, intrusive rear ABS.
Don't suppose anyone has a cure for this other than to disconnect ?
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...I appreciate I'll always be limited by the crappy, intrusive rear ABS.
Don't suppose anyone has a cure for this other than to disconnect ?
See what you think after you think after you get the Galfer pads installed.
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As an aside, switching to the Galfer rear pads soon to try and improve rear braking though I appreciate I'll always be limited by the crappy, intrusive rear ABS.
Don't suppose anyone has a cure for this other than to disconnect ?
I found Galfer rear pads made a big difference... make sure they're sintered not organic.
Can use more pressure on the rear without ABS kicking in.
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Thanks all for the suggestions.

Problem got solved by a different route - the bike got stolen. The thieves took an angle grinder to the brake disc to bypass the disc lock.

Fortunately the police managed to get it back, and so it's with BMW getting new brake discs fitted to the front. Not exactly what I had in mind to sort the squeak, but there it is...
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Thanks all for the suggestions.

Problem got solved by a different route - the bike got stolen. The thieves took an angle grinder to the brake disc to bypass the disc lock.

Fortunately the police managed to get it back, and so it's with BMW getting new brake discs fitted to the front. Not exactly what I had in mind to sort the squeak, but there it is...
Good news the Police got it back .. which you don't hear very often.
Was that luck that they saw it on the road or did you have a tracker or something?
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