bad struts/noisey brake

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    rla216 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    bad struts/noisey brake

    I'm not sure what I did wrong with my previous post 'cause I got no answers but here goes again.

    I have a 98 Deville Concours that I replaced all 4 strut assemblies on with aftermarket versions 25,000 miles ago. [Currently just turned over 100K] They felt great at first but have since been bottoming out way too easily. I doesn't seem to bounce around much but just hits bottom all the time on small dips or bumps. Are there better replacement struts that don't cost nearly as much as factory models. It's an old car but I like it and it runs great. I just don't want to overspend on it, if I can help it.

    Also, I have a grinding noise and feel coming from the right front brake after it gets hot. I have replaced the front pads with ceramics, which I was told were the best for thesecars. I also turned the rotors. I had put mettalics on previously, which were worse. I lubed the calipers. The noise isn't all the time but is really bad sounding when it does occur.

    Thanks for any help on these 2 issues.

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    RedGalant2k1 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: bad struts/noisey brake

    What kind of aftermarket struts were installed?

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    Krashed989 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: bad struts/noisey brake

    For the bottoming out issue: The shocks and struts do NOT hold the car up. (Actually that could be argued with the strut but that defeats my point) My point is that if your bottoming out too easily then its not the shocks or struts fault. Its the springs fault. Your springs must've been through a lot to get soft already though. Eibach sells springs for cadillacs, but they lower the car 1 inch.

    For the grinding brakes: Go to napa and buy a tube of brake silencer (Not the stuff you put on the braking surface). Then take the pads off and put it on the back of the pads where the pads contact the caliper.

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