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My brake pedal is very squeaky when I press it to the floor. No trouble lights have lit up on my control panel. I had the front brakes worked on about 6 months ago. Might I need brake fluid??

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Nancy, The brakes can make a squeaking noise because of the material of the brake pad. Many times if you use and after market brake pad you will get noise. Sometimes you may hear this noise after a rain or after the vehicle sits for a little bit, but it goes away once you apply the brakes a few times. This noise, while annoying, is usually not a problem. Sometimes the only way to fix this is to put on new brake pads from the dealership. If you're hearing a loud scraping noise however, you need to get that looked at right away. I would suggest that you have the people who did you brakes take a look at them, but most likely, while noisy, they are working fine. Lori Johnson New at Askpatty: Ask Patty is announcing CarBlabber. It's car reviews for women by women like you! What does your car mean to you? Do you love or hate your car? Is your car a fashion statement or a pile of junk? We want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about your car. Ask Patty is offering a lineup of amazing products as prizes to CarBlabber members (and signing up is totally free!). All you have to do is create a profile, review a car and add a photo to your review! Sign up at www.askpatty.com/carblabber http://askpatty.typepad.com/ask_patty_/2007/08/blab-about-your.html

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