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Old 08-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #1
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Squealing brakes

On our current trip, noticed some brake squealing. 2013 XL 378 with 3,500 miles. Had quite a bid of hills to deal with. Encountered the noise after several longer downhill runs while using the brakes. I suspect the brake pads where warm to hot because the squeals stopped a short time later, no other problems were detected. Anyone have a simliar experience with this? Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-25-2015, 07:36 PM   #2
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Not sure about your driving habits but you should be using the tow/haul feature to maintain your speed in a downhill run. It is very dangeous to rely on the brakes. They will fade and get extremely hot if used too much and could fail.

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Old 08-26-2015, 10:15 AM   #3
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Ford Brake facts and Tow Haul mode.

1. You do not pump your brakes when stopping in a Ford F-53 chassis.
You need to apply pressure to the brake peddle and not pump them like a car brakes.
2. Tow Haul Mode is seldom understood how it is used.
It is designed for down hill use and not up hill or on the flats. (As per Ford Vendor at Goshen Rally 2015)
Here is a great document to read.
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