Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

January 7th, 2020 by Bob Richards CDJR

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

You’re driving down the streets of Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta when suddenly it happens—your brakes squeak. You’ve never heard that noise before. Why is it happening now? You may be asking yourself, “Why are my brakes squeaking?”

If this unexpected noise has caught you off guard, our team is here to help. We here at Bob Richards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have put together this resource guide to help you figure out why your brakes are squeaking.

If you’re ready to silence your brakes, keep reading!

Squeaky Brakes

Brakes

Most likely, you’ll find yourself experiencing this high-pitched squeal every once and a while. This squeaking sound is purposefully built into your brake pads in the form of wear indicators.

The reason your brakes are squeaking is because the small spring clip of the wear indicator is making contact with your brake rotors, letting you know it’s time to have your brakes serviced.

What Is a Brake Pad?

A brake pad is one of the functioning parts of your car’s braking system. When you apply pressure to your pedal, the brake pad clamps down on the rotors to create friction. This friction is what makes your car come to a stop.

With time, regardless of what material your brake pads are made of—like semi-metallic, non-asbestos, or ceramic materials—your brake pads will thin. When your pads are thin enough, that’s when the magical wear indicator comes into play. This small clip will grind against the rotor to let you know it’s time to have your brakes replaced.

Why Else Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brakes

Like with most things in life, there’s not a guaranteed answer as to why your brakes are squeaking. If you find your brakes are squeaking the first few times you apply pressure in the morning, you most likely have nothing to worry about.

This sound is surface rust, moisture, and/or dust that’s collected on the rotors that’s being scraped off. Typically, you’d hear this happen after rain, snow, or a period of high humidity.

Of course, some kinds of squeaking require immediate attention. Some issues that require a mechanic’s attention include glazed pads, broken anti-rattle clips, and more.

For example, a glazed pad occurs when constant, partial brake pressure is applied due to your brake calipers sticking. Extra unnecessary friction is applied to the pads and/or rotor, which leaves the pads to harden and crystallize. At this point, your braking ability has decreased and needs the attention of a professional.

Silence the Squeak With a Service Repair

Common Brake Problems

In an ideal world, there would only be one clear-cut reason why brakes squeak. However, that isn’t the case. That’s why squeaking brakes require the skillful eye of a trained mechanic.

Thankfully, we here at Bob Richard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have a state-of-the-art service facility that is equipped with trained professionals who can identify and repair the cause of your squeaking brakes.

Ride with pride once more through Graniteville, Aiken, and Augusta with your unspoken brakes. Why wait any longer? Schedule your service appointment today!

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