What to consider if you have noisy brakesBy Kijiji Autos
When it comes to regular vehicle maintenance, it is essential to be attentive to brakes and any noise that they are creating. Brakes are critical for safety, and any concerns should be immediately rectified. One of the most common sign that a vehicle requires an inspection is squeaky brakes or excessive noise when braking. If you notice your vehicle’s brakes squealing, the problems can range from minor to significant issues. Below, we will cover some of the most common causes of squeaky brakes and how to approach your concerns.
How brakes work
To understand noisy brakes, it is important to know how the brakes of your vehicle operate. There are two main types of brakes, drum brakes and disc brakes – the latter being the most common in modern cars. Disc brakes utilize a hydraulic system. When applying the brake pedal, fluids force pistons to extend brake pads against a metal rotor using friction to slow and stop the vehicle. Brakes squeaking could be an indication that one or more of these parts are worn down or not operating correctly.
Why might my brakes be squeaking?
There are many reasons for a squeaky brakes car. Weather and environment have been known to cause unwanted noises from brakes. Specifically, wet weather, condensation and heavy snow can sometimes cause squealing. Additionally, small rocks, dust and sand can become lodged in unwanted places causing unexpected noises. For these issues, it could be less problematic. However, keeping the vehicle clean, dry and regularly maintained is essential to help prevent the problem from worsening over time.
What could squeaky brakes mean?
If the problem persists and you have a squeaky brakes car, it could require professional maintenance. Brake pads typically come with a built-in indicator that wears down over time due to friction and heat. This indicator will be the first part of a brake pad to hit a metal rotor and cause noisy squeaks. The intention is that once these noises begin, it is time to have the brake pads replaced. Be sure to have a professional install any brakes as they are an integral safety component. And if noises persist after maintenance or installation, assure that they have been done correctly.
Further concerns with squeaky brakes
Noisy brakes should not be ignored. Once a squeaky brake pad is worn down enough, it could begin to make a grinding noise. Grinding could be an indication that exposed metal is pressing against the rotors. This will require immediate attention. The metal-on-metal friction can cause more extensive irreversible damage to parts of the vehicle. More concerning is that the brakes may no longer be working correctly and could limit your stopping ability.
How to help avoid squeaking brakes
Squeaking brakes are an inevitability as pads wear down over time. Regular brake maintenance is a vital part of vehicle ownership. However, it might be possible to extend the life of brake pads by avoiding heavy braking or carrying large loads. The extra strain on the vehicle could cause more heat and friction when applying the brakes. When it comes to squeaky brakes, always consult a mechanic for a professional inspection and recommendations for repairs.
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