Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Squeaking brakes aren’t only embarrassing, they’re also a sign that something isn’t quite right with your vehicle’s brake system. The problem could be minor or major, which is why auto mechanics recommend you have your brakes inspected at the first unusual sound. In this case, it really is better to be safe than sorry because you don’t want to be the cause of an automobile accident. Here are some reasons why your brakes might squeak while you drive or when you stop your car, truck, or SUV.

Squeaking While You Drive

Your vehicle is either equipped with disc, drum, or a combination of both brake types. Disc brake systems use brake pads to help stop your car, truck, or SUV. The pads wear down with usage and must be replaced, generally, between 25,000 and 50,000 miles (check your vehicle’s owner’s manual). If the pads have an alert system built into them, your brakes will squeal and/or your brake warning light will come on once the pads have reached a certain depth. This means it’s time to replace them.

Squeaking Brakes When You Stop

Your vehicle might also squeak when you apply the brakes because of the pads, rotors, or calipers. Another issue could be the brake system steel clips, which are spring-loaded and will make noise if they lose their tension. If dirt, sand, or other road grimes makes its way between your pads and rotors or into the calipers, you may also hear a squeaking or grinding sound. Oftentimes, wet brakes squeak a little, but if the sound is loud and prolonged, there is likely something causing the noise other than water.

Speaking of Water…

If you live in a humid climate where things rust easily, your brakes rust, too. When you’ve parked your automobile for the night, a thin, rusty layer can form on the brakes if it’s humid or wet outside. This layer will make your brakes squeak until it is removed through use. In other words, your braking system will naturally remove the rust the next day every time you stop your car, truck, or SUV. It will also stop squeaking noises that are common in cold weather once the brake system warms up in the morning.

Kauai Auto Repair, LLC your one-stop-shop for brake inspection, maintenance, and repair. We will keep your brakes just like new with preventative maintenance to replace worn parts. If your brakes need to be repaired, we can do that, too. We can also replace them if they have been damaged. Stop by our shop today.

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