Compass and patriot rear drum brake noise
I have a 2016 Jeep Patriot 75th anniv edition. Love the vehicle but not the noisy rear brakes. The local Jeep dealership was a waste of time and gave the usual answers. I can't blame dealers/techs any more because the pay they get is so bad that they don't want to waste time on small things such as this. They want the big jobs where they can put money in the pocket.
With that said, I was not having much luck in talking with other places (independent shops, etc) as they too show very little interest in dealing with brake issues unless it's just to throw parts at the car and move on to the next one. So I took to the internet to look for answers on my own. After doing so, I had a friend who is somewhat mechanically inclined, put my Patriot up on the rack. We pulled the rear wheels, removed the rear drums (with just a little help of spray lube) and when we took the drum off there was a lot of brake dust packed all over inside the drum and brake shoes/springs. He clearly stated that all that brake dust WOULD cause the brake noise I was having. To top it off, there wasn't a drop of lube anywhere to be found EVEN THOUGH THE DEALERSHIP SAID THEY LUBED THEM!! They didn't or they didn't remove the drums and instead just blew air through the openings in hopes it would clean them.
Well, with the (free) help of a buddy and about 30 minutes total, my Jeep rear brakes are quiet as a church mouse. We totally cleaned the drums and all around the shoes and hardware. Once that was done, we used brake lube (for temperature, etc) and he lubed everything up well being very careful not to get anything on the shoes/contact surfaces. Again it was easy, fast and worth every second. Don't trust anyone/dealers to help here. Find a good mechanic from the old days. Be nice, ask them to help, and then hand them a $20 and a cold 6-pack of their favorite beer. You won't go wrong.