I'm the worlds worst mechanic. I installed some new brake pads the other day and probably did not get the taper right because they are noisy, like a gaggle of geese, no more angry than that, more like a battalion of geese. I'm also lazy so I have not bothered to adjust them. Last night, I approached a somewhat weird situation on my eve commute. Sort of like a Mexican standoff. Car attempting to pull out of parallel parking spot. Car in front of me waiting for him to pull out. Car in oncoming lane stopped to make a left hand turn. Who will move first. Instead of waiting for them to sort it out, I whipped around the right of the car in front of me. At the instant I came around, the car pulling out of the parking spot decided to whip a 180. I grapped my brakes and they made such a terrible squawking sound the guy stopped in his tracks and I proceeded. He even had his window rolled up. I thought, "Wow, cool". So now I'm wondering if I can use the squeaky brakes to my advantage. I'm just leaving them like that for awhile to see how it works. I notice at high speeds, I can flutter them and almost get an octive, like an English ambulance. Woo-Hoo!