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My 09 GT makes very loud noises when I hit the brakes at slow speed situations such as at traffic lights, parking or cruising on a residential zone. My dealers in Seattle tells me that is "normal" for high performance cars, but I see a lot of lambos, ferraris, porsches, etc all just doing fine. Besides is not like Maserati GT is a race car, the GT or QP are beautiful city cars. Every weekend we get together (50+ exotic cars, mine the only Maserati) and I am the only one with squeaky brakes among all those cars.

Brakes wear and tear are at normal level, pads are wearing ok and I cannot believe the only advice I get from dealer is to go very fast in the highway and hit the brakes to go down from 70 to 20 2-3 times in a row. and that they can clean up the brakes for me but it is not under warranty and like everything else at the dealer, they will charge couple of hundreds and the problem will just temporally go away.

Why is this happening? Cheap brake pads? In a $130k car I expected a bit better and as much as I love the design and the engine, these little details drive me nuts! And the answer cannot be always to call MNA HQ!

Any tips? Thanks!
 

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There are many threads on htis..... yes, it ahppens more times than not.

Lots of reading for you after the search function
 

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Thanks, search function is very limited on this forum, unless one is a heavy user and knows how to articulate the perfect query, reason why I asked the question in a new post. If you are so kind to point link to the post with the solution to my problem, it would be very much appreciated. So in a nutshell you tell me that this is a feature of Maserati cars and cannot be fixed? Wow, and now they want to do a SUV! Maybe the squeaky brakes will be the competitive advantage :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks William! it does bother me a lot and it does not happen with other cars I like too, so I guess my wife wins and we will not get the MC next spring and will go with option 2 :thumbsup: I will still keep the GT until warranty expires.

Thanks again for taking the time to pint me to the right thread (yours was the best of course)
 

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Not sure if it is true or not, but my dealer said the squealing was due to the drilled rotors. My squealing brakes comes and goes for no particular reason.
 

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To quote my friend Adler....

It is what it is !!

or

C'est la vie... is another one.

Que sera, sera...

and the beat goes on

live and learn
 

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Noises can be the result of multiple things. My wife's BMW has Rotora 355mm brakes all around, and it squeals only if you absolutely baby the car, barely applying the brakes and not allowing them to ever heat up. My car makes a squeal once when the temps are below 40F and I back up out of a parking spot. Her daily driver C55 squeals when you are in stop and go rush hout traffic.

It can also be a result of how wheels are cleaned. If you spray wheel cleaners into the barrel of the rim, and it gets on the brake caliper, the cleaners can actually remove the anti squeal grease placed on the sliding surfaces of the pad backing where it contacts the caliper. Both cleaners and tire dressing can also bed into the pad friction material material if they are sprayed and get onto the rotor surface. That's another reason to use gel tire dressings.

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You genius , you.

Yes !!! I baby the brakes - I baby the car - I baby everything!!!

I understand -- hit it a bit harder - soften it up and less to no squeaks.

Finally, maybe, just maybe, we have a solution. !!:2thumbsup:



If it doesn't work -- you're history and you'll pay for my new brakes.:deal:

PLease forward your credit card info to Algar in Philadelphia - Attn: Patrick
 

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I'm pretty sure they already have my info on file. I've been eying a 599 for some odd reason. A 612 would be much better since it has 4 seats.

Where's MasGal at when we need to baby something?
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My 09 GT makes very loud noises when I hit the brakes at slow speed situations such as at traffic lights, parking or cruising on a residential zone. My dealers in Seattle tells me that is "normal" for high performance cars, but I see a lot of lambos, ferraris, porsches, etc all just doing fine. Besides is not like Maserati GT is a race car, the GT or QP are beautiful city cars. Every weekend we get together (50+ exotic cars, mine the only Maserati) and I am the only one with squeaky brakes among all those cars.

Brakes wear and tear are at normal level, pads are wearing ok and I cannot believe the only advice I get from dealer is to go very fast in the highway and hit the brakes to go down from 70 to 20 2-3 times in a row. and that they can clean up the brakes for me but it is not under warranty and like everything else at the dealer, they will charge couple of hundreds and the problem will just temporally go away.

Why is this happening? Cheap brake pads? In a $130k car I expected a bit better and as much as I love the design and the engine, these little details drive me nuts! And the answer cannot be always to call MNA HQ!

Any tips? Thanks!
Gioia, this shows how much or how little some dealers know! The process of speeding and hitting the brakes a few times is called SEATING THE BRAKES. It has nothing to do with cleaning. It is all about "mating" the pads to the rotors. My 2010 Jag had these same noise issues also on 20" wheels. The factory changed the springs in the calipers and now they are quiet. Have no idea if this would work on the Mas.
 

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Bedding the brakes. That dealer procedure is correct. Drive up to 70, a few hard stops - do not come to a complete stop - repeat the procedure.
 

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I have the same brake issue in my 06 Coupe. Although I don't know exactly how new my pads are, they look as if they have much life left in them. I'm going to they the bedding procedure tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I'm going to switch to Formula Dynamics quiet pads.
 

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I installed the FD dustless brake pads and it's been perfect ever since. Used to have crazy squeaky brakes! Embarrassing almost pulling up to a stop sign (or Dunkin Donuts drive in window! :) ) and screeching to a halt.
 

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I wonder what it is. My old QP had squeaky brakes and it drove me friggin crazy! i tried different brake pads and nothing worked there as well.

Thank god the FD ones fixed my GT's squeak or i would have gone crazy.
 

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Wow, many threads about brakes today!

Here is an excerpt from another thead that may help (added below)... Just keep in mind that if your squeaking problem is not coming from the pads, it can't be solved with the pads either. We have had fantastic luck with our latest Quiet Brake Pad compound and I honestly believe that if you've first used our break-in procedure aren't seeing results with the Quiet Pads, it's time to look at the assembly, lubrication or most likely, your rotors.

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We've also found that resurfacing the factory rotors doesn't always work. We believe it has something to do with the metal composition of the factory rotors. This is also the case with Ferrari rotors. You'll find that most (if not all) of the factory dealers will not resurface the rotors because they can't guarantee a quiet car, unless the rotors are replaced.

Also, you need to measure the rotors before resurfacing them to see if there really is life in the them. A few owners have asked us for advice to get rid of the squeal and when we had them measure the rotors... they were at or under the minimum spec. You would think that the brake shop would check this, but it seems that they don't always.

If you do resurface the rotors, it seems that turning them on the brake lathe at the slowest possible speed is your best chance for success to avoid squealing.

During assembly of the rotor / caliper / pads be sure to clean and properly install all of the hardware and use a good anti-squeal compound on the brake pad backing. Our Pads also have an additional bit of material that helps absorb vibration and reduce noise.

You also want to be sure not to get anything on the brake rotors themselves (i.e. grease, cleaners, etc) unless it is a good quality brake clean product as this can bed into the rotors and pads and contribue to more noise.

Finally, you need to properly break in pads / rotors. We provide instructions with our pads that detail what seems to work best for our compounds.

We do offer nice rotors for the Maserati that will save you compared to the factory parts. When combined with our Quiet, Low Dust Brake Pads that typically solves the squeal issue.
 

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Wow, many threads about brakes today!

...We do offer nice rotors for the Maserati that will save you compared to the factory parts. When combined with our Quiet, Low Dust Brake Pads that typically solves the squeal issue.

I can attest to the FD rotors and pads. I had the typical noise from the OEM pads and rotors. I started with replacing front and rear pads, and while that did improve things, when I replaced both the front rotors and pads with the FD kit, there was complete elimination of brake squeal and excellent braking for the occasional track day. And, it was cheaper than the OEM replacement. So thank you Jeff and FD!
 
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