Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake RepairYour brakes help you come to a quick stop and keep your family out of harm’s way on the roads of Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill. However, what do you do when you notice some unusual squeaking noises when applying your brakes?

Well, if you’ve ever wondered to yourself, “why are my brakes squeaking?” we’re here to help you crack the code with this informative guide created by the Elite Acura team. With these insightful tips, you’ll know exactly what to do when your brakes start screeching.

Old Brake Pads

 Driver's Guide to Automotive Maintenance eBook CTAOne of the most common reasons why your brakes start whining while you’re trying to stop at a red light is because of worn-down brake pads. To help you identify when it’s time to get a brake pad replacement, small wear indicators are built into each pad.

Once your brake pads have almost completely disintegrated, these metal indicators rub against the rotor to produce a squealing sound, thereby warning you to schedule a brake pad replacement at a trusted service center before you cause damage to your car.

However, you want to prevent this sound as much as possible. When you start hearing squeaks and screeches, it means that the calipers are scratching the rotors, which could lead to other repairs, whether that’s a rotor resurfacing or replacement.

So, instead of waiting until you hear this clamoring, ask your service professional how long you should wait for a brake pad replacement. By doing so, you’ll prevent any unnecessary harm to your vehicle and continue down the road without a hitch.

Warped Rotors

If you’re the type of driver who finds yourself pressing on the brakes frequently, it’s essential to take note of how often and how hard you’re pressing down on the pedal. After months and months of aggressive braking situations, your rotors will begin to warp.

So, whether you’re traveling down steep hills, operating your car in stop-and-go-traffic, or any other type of scenario, hard braking results in excess friction, which intensifies the heat between your rotors and brake pads. Eventually, those high temperatures will distort the shape of the rotors and generate vibrations and squeaking when the brake pads are applied.

Still, don’t worry! Safe and defensive driving techniques help you control the amount of braking you need to do to control your vehicle. If you’re driving downhill, try switching to a different gear to prevent your foot from lying on the brake too often.

Lubrication for Brake Operation

Adding brake FluidOf course, when thinking about your brakes, you can’t forget about the lubrication used to keep everything performing smoothly.

Well, when your brake fluid begins to age and lose its viscosity, you won’t have right amount of grease to avoid damaging friction and heat while braking. Over time, the buildup from old brake fluid will corrode your brakes and eat away at the metal, which causes that squeaking noise.

If you’re not sure of the last time your braking system got a refill on fluid, stop by a local service facility and speak to a trained technician. They’ll be able to flush your brake lines and restore the fluid so you won’t hear a single sound when applying the brakes.

Schedule Your Service Appointment Today!

At Elite Acura, we’re committed to providing you with all the necessary attention-to-detail and expertise to keep your automobile performing like a champion on the roads of Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill.

Don’t let that squeaking sound go unaddressed any longer. Instead, stop by our state-of-the-art service center for some tips or schedule your brake inspection today! Our professionals will tell you exactly what you need to do to fix the squeak.