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I drive a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo 6 cyl. I have been having trouble with the brakes off and on for about a year. I had brakes and rotors installed at Mineike and they cheated me. They set my ABS light on and it will not go off. They would not pay because it was "not thier fault." According to them, I was missing an ABS piece I needed before I came to them. Funny, my dang LIGHT was not on before I came to them . . . Ever since then my brakes squeal horribly. I have been told that my pads are good, and perhaps the squealing is due to cheap pads with too much metal in them (dealer statement). I went to the dealer to have them looked at and they told me my studs and lug nuts were stripped (6-per tire, 25 each) and that they could not even look at the brakes well until they could fix that b/c they did not want to take off my tires. However, they said they "adjusted" the front brakes and for two days, there was no squealing. Now it*s worse than ever and I don*t know what I should do. Each time I go anywhere to have work done on the car, I tell them that the studs are easily strippable and they should start them by hand, not with the air gun. But each time I go somewhere else, they tell me one or more of the studs have been stripped. I do not have a regular mechanic, and as you can imagine, each shop blames the other one and nobody stripped the studs. Sorry for the long story. Q1. What can I do about the stud stripping that always seems to go oon with my truck? Q2. What the heck is going on with my brakes? Thanks 4 your help!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Mari, First of all, when your studs or lug nuts get stripped it's usually because of carelessness or they're just not paying attention. It's not like they make them more sensitive for Rodeos. That being said, it sounds like you need to find a shop that you can trust. Ask your friends and neighbors and see where they go. It sounds like you just happen to run into some poorly run shops. As for the brake pads will squeak. The only way to fix this problem would be to get dealer manufactured pads and have them replaced. I always recommend that you pay a little bit more and get the better brake pads because the less expensive ones will make noise for the life of the pad. Hope this helps. Lori Johnson

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