Originally Posted by jackie65
hi not sure if im in the right place apologies if im not. ive had my car (ford fiesta finesse x reg yr2000) for a month now and have noticed squealing which sounds like its coming from the rear. its not there all the time but when it starts it forgets to stop and its really loud. thought it was the brakes but its sqealing without using the brakes in fact sometimes braking stops the squealing for few secs. can anyone give advice to what may causing this and what i should do? any advice appreciated. would go to garage but am not very trusty with them as i know they can lie about what you need to get to make more money. no offense to those who are genuine but you do hear stories especially when it comes to women who know nothing about mechanics and i just happen to be 1 of them.
The fact that it stops sometimes when you brake, could mean that it's the brakes at fault. It's usually only the front brakes that this would happen with as these often have wear indicators and the sqealing is a warning to say that the pads are low. On the rear it may just mean they need cleaning, as brake dust would gather in the brake drums where it wouldn't if your car had rear discs. Other than the brakes, the only thing I can think of is a rear wheel bearing, as these can squeal sometimes. On your car the proper way to remove the rear drums is to undo the four 17mm bolts at the back. If at service intervals the drums were removed by undoing the large nut that holds the bearing etc in, it could reduce the longevity of the bearing's life. Not saying this would happen, but I'm guessing that's why Ford advises against removing the drums this way.
I'll move this to the Repairs section by the way!