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What Does It Mean If My Brakes Are Squeaking? Signs To Look Out For

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What Does It Mean If My Brakes Are Squeaking? Signs To Look Out For

One common concern that many car owners face is the dreaded squeaky brakes. If you've ever experienced this unsettling sound, you're not alone. But what exactly does it mean when your brakes start squeaking? 


In this blog, we'll delve into the possible reasons behind squeaky brakes and discuss the signs you should be on the lookout for. By the end, you'll have a better understanding of when to bring your vehicle in for professional inspection and repair. Let’s go!

Understanding Brake Systems

Before we dive into the reasons behind squeaky brakes, let's briefly touch on how brake systems work. 


Your car's braking system is comprised of several components, including brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake fluid. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is sent to the calipers, which then presses the brake pads against the rotors, creating friction and slowing down the vehicle. Over time, these components can wear down and develop issues, leading to squeaks and other signs of trouble.

Possible Causes of Squeaky Brakes:

Many different factors can contribute to making your brakes start to squeak. Some of them are: 

  1. Worn Brake Pads: One of the most common reasons for squeaky brakes is worn brake pads. As the pads wear down, they can develop a thin layer of metal that comes into contact with the rotors, causing a squealing noise.
  2. Moisture and Corrosion: Moisture and corrosion can also contribute to brake squeaks. When moisture gets trapped between the brake pads and rotors, it can lead to rust and corrosion, resulting in noise when braking.
  3. Glazed Brake Pads: Brake pads can become glazed due to excessive heat or prolonged use. When this happens, the surface of the pads becomes hardened and less effective at gripping the rotors, leading to squeaking.
  4. Foreign Objects: Sometimes, foreign objects like small rocks or debris can get jammed between the brake pads and rotors, causing squeaks as the brakes are applied.

Signs to Look Out For:

Now that we've discussed some possible causes of squeaky brakes, let's talk about the signs you should be aware of:

  • Persistent Squeaking: If your brakes consistently squeak every time you apply them, it's a clear indicator that something is amiss and warrants professional inspection.
  • Grinding Noise: A grinding or metal-on-metal sound when braking indicates severe wear and likely means that the brake pads are completely worn down, posing a safety hazard.
  • Vibrations or Shaking:If you feel vibrations or shaking in the brake pedal or steering wheel when braking, it could signal warped brake rotors or other issues that require immediate attention.

Give Us A Visit 

Squeaky brakes are not something to ignore. While they may seem like a minor annoyance, they could be indicative of underlying issues with your vehicle's braking system. 

If you're experiencing squeaky brakes or any other signs of brake trouble, don't hesitate toschedule an appointment with us at Service Plus Automotive. Our team of skilled technicians will figure out the problem and get you back on the road safely. Remember, proactive maintenance is vital for ensuring the safety and longevity of your vehicle.

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