Impossible, Subaru parts can't fail, what is this?! I rolled down the windows while driving earlier this week and noticed out of nowhere, both my front wheels were squealing intermittently even when the brakes wern't being applied. Thought about it, couldn't remember the last time the pads were replaced, so I checked it out, yup, got about 2 mm left, perfectly even wear both sides, figured it was just both those low pad warning pins squealing at once, went to autozone, got some new semi-metallic pads, put 'em on and ....crap...still the same squeal. Pulled over, figured I'd check the pad clearance in case the new ones had some hot spots and just needed to be worn in a little.........all 4 front pads pressed flush with the rotor. Both calipers couldn't fail at once, could they?
It's gotta be, and my question to the Outback community:
1. A clog in the brake lines somewhere, I haven't checked but maybe after the cylinder but before a 'T' that seperates the lines to each wheel?
2. ...if there isn't a 'T', then a clog in both seperate lines?
3. Both the wheel bearings are bad and the pads actually have a couple microns of clearance?
4. Or the two calipers are in fact, sticky like peanut butter?
A quick seach for 'brake squeal' on this site turned up what seemed to be similiar symptoms for the 00-02 years.