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Here is my situation. I brought my ’05 XLR to the dealer when the breaks were squeaking. To this they told me I needed to resurface my rotors and get new brake pads for $600. At the time thinking that unreasonable I took my car to Midas, where they told me the rotors were too thin already to resurface and needed to be replaced for $1000. So continuing my stupidity, I took matters into my own hands and purchased new pads and rotors from the local O’Reilly and did it myself for only $500 total. But upon testing out my new brakes, I found these too squeaked. So I gave it 500 miles to “settle in” but nothing changed. So I conceded that I am not as good as I thought I was with a wrench and went back to Midas, and asked them to take a look now that the rotors were no longer too thin. They told me my pads were to blame and resurfaced my now 500 mile old rotors and put on their “performance” pads for a nice $500. So I pull out of their garage and sure as hell my breaks are squeaking again. Call them up and hear “Oh give them 500 miles to “settle in.” So I do, and 500 miles later they still squeak. So, at wits end, I bring it to the dealer once more, and ask them to tell me why it is STILL squeaking with new rotors and a 3rd set of pads on it. They tell me that the pads are still to blame. “I should have used EBC red stuff pads.” Can anyone offer me some advice? After throwing away more then $1000 on this foolishness already and now more then 2 months of HORRIBLE squeaking, I cannot imagine spending another $250 on more pads with little guarantee that this will work.
 

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If you go back to Midas several more times, they can then tell you warranty time is up.

I am no expert, but I know that some brake pads will stop squealing if you coat the back of the pads with brake silicon. On my regular passenger cars, when the auto stores have been closed (a la Sunday night), I have used peanut butter, and that prevented the squealing.

Ask Midas to try the silicon or tell them you want your $$ back. I recommend you approach them very professionally. If they do not comply, then try small claims court if your state has it. In the meantime, locate a service manager at any GM dealership and ask him to look up squeeling brake pads on the XLR or on the Vette.
There are some TSBs out there. Do a search here and on the Vette forum. Do some real homework on these TSBs.

At Midas, make sure you are talking to manager. You can also ask for the owner of the shop, as many of their stores are franchises. Again, you can always quietly pull out the small claims approach. If the owner lives in another state, that state might have small claims court.
 

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Talked to Midas, they are all too happy to schedule me for a "better look" as the manager said, but I see no reason to let them look at it since the dealer already told me it was the pads vibrating. I trust the dealer; I know it can be risky but I’m desperate. Midas claims it cannot possibly be their pads causing the noise and that they use "ultra-high quality" grease that does the job of silicone.... he’s an idiot.
 
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