Why Are My Brakes so Squeaky?
Brakes are one of the most critical components of a vehicle – without the ability to slow your vehicle you put yourself and others on the road at risk. It’s recommended to have your brake inspected every time you service your vehicle. That number can vary, however, depending on how much you drive, the type of car you drive and what types of conditions you drive in.
If you find yourself in stop and go traffic often, your brake pads will need to be replaced more frequently. The same goes for long distance commuters, trucks with heavy loads/tows and on-the-go parents or students. Safety first, that’s what we preach here’s at Brad’s Foreign and Domestic auto shop. There’s no such thing as too safe when it comes to your vehicle. Luckily, your brakes will warn you when they need inspecting, they’ll squeak!
There are a few reasons why brakes will give off that sound –
The brake pads are less than 25%
Most brake pads are designed to squeak as an indicator for replacement. Don’t ignore your car if it squeaks when you press on the brake pedal, waiting too long to replace brake pads can lead to damage of the rotors or brake calipers which can lead to significantly higher repair costs.
There’s moisture on the brake rotors
If your car sits for an extended period of time, or if there is rain or moisture in the air, moisture will accumulate on your brake rotors and turn to rust. It’s common for this to occur and it’s common for this to cause a grinding noise upon braking until that initial layer of rust is removed. If the grinding noise persists, be sure to bring the car in for an inspection.
Hard or excessive braking (glazes brake pads)
If you like to push on the brakes early and often you may be causing your brake pads to incur excessive heat and glaze over. This will cause brakes to squeak even if they’re at a healthy percentage. We understand at times, hard braking is unavoidable, but make sure it’s not your habit in order to increase to longevity of your brake pads.
The brake inspection and repair services here at Brad’s are thorough, our ASE certified technicians will carefully inspect your vehicle’s braking system to ensure its running at its best.