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Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Nothing annoys like a car squeal when you brake. However, beyond this ear-piercing noise, it's a signal of something going wrong. Brakes are a vital part of your vehicle, but they can be a safety hazard without proper maintenance.

Brakes will generally make some noise, for example, when they are not warm, newly replaced brakes, wet weather, or road conditions. But this noise should not linger much longer. It is that excessive squealing or grinding sound that calls for attention.

Automotive experts state that about 99% of the time, your car brakes should not make any noise.

What really causes this squealing sound?

Worn Pads

Worn out brake pads is a major cause of squeaking sound. This is a warning to replace the pads before they cause damage to the rotor.

Slamming the brakes hard

While driving, another car may pull out of nowhere, or other emergency forms on the road in front of you. This causes you to hit the brakes hard, giving a squealing noise.

It is helpful in unavoidable scenarios preventing accidents but causes your brake pads to wear down quickly.

Rusted brake rotor

Car rotors lose their smoothness over time, causing a squeal. Rust or debris is the leading cause of this problem. However, a reliable mechanic can file it off, stopping squeak.

Heavy loads

Carrying heavy loads puts more pressure on your vehicle, and when you apply your brakes, they may squeal. Squeaking occurs as the heat builds up due to a lot of force used on the brakes.

Loose parts on the brakes

The brakes in your car are part of the braking system that ensures efficiency. These system components, such as the disc, rotors, and calipers, may become loose, making your vehicle squeal when you brake.

Some squeals require cleaning, lubrication, tightening, or replacement.

Cars with an electronic braking system will always need a brake inspection to ascertain problems. Unless you are an expert in making a diagnosis of your car's braking system, seek professional help. Call us today or bring your car to our auto shop and have that brake problem fixed.

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