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Old 05-13-2019, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 Toyota Prius: solving creaky front brakes



(^ My 2004 Prius - since sold)

Friction braking issue: The amount of creaking is proportional to how hard I press the brake pedal.

I disassembled the brakes and found that there was a layer of corrosion on the anti-rattle / anti-squeal shims:





(For illustration only: I recall my 2004 had only 1 shim per pad, not 2 as shown.)

I used a grinder with a wire wheel to clean the shims to bare metal, greased both sides liberally and re-installed.

After reassembly, NO MORE CREAKING. My guess is the creaking noise was the sound of the corrosion compacting.

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Old 05-30-2019, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cleaning the shims and applying grease can help solve the creaking noise sometimes.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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FYI and For What its Worth

The Gen2 Prius uses a specific OEM Toyota Brake Lube/Grease for the front brakes..

The Permatex 24110 Ultra Disc Brake Lube (green color) will create issues on Gen2 front brakes ...just my personal experience

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