Why Are My Brakes Squeaking

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking

If you’ve been experiencing squeaking brakes during your Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland drives, it’s something to take notice of. Though most of the reasons why your brakes could make these noises are just warning signs, without attention, it could lead to further damage or possibly brake failure.

At Rockwall Ford, we want your vehicle to run its best and keep you safe on the road. So, if you’re asking yourself “why are my brakes squeaking?”, it’s time to figure out why. Read our squeaking brakes guide below to see the possible culprits and what steps you should take next.

Common Causes for Squeaking Brakes

Worn Brake Pads: One of the most common reasons your brakes would make that annoying noise lays within your brake pads. This component of your braking system comes with its own warning sign called wear indicators. These steel pads will expose themselves when your pads are too thin, causing a squeaking sound.

When you hear this noise caused by the wear indicators, it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Make an appointment to have these replaced as soon as possible, as leaving it untreated can cause more damage to your vehicle.

Faulty Anti-Rattle Clips: Along with the wear indicators, your brake pads also include anti-rattle clips, which help the pads from vibrating when you brake your vehicle. If these clips become broken or have dislodged, that annoying squealing sound can occur.

To find out if the anti-rattle clips are the culprit for your noisy brakes, make a trip to your local authorized dealership’s service center. They will be able to assess the issue and fix it accordingly.

Rusted Rotor: Since vehicles are made out of metal, they are prone to rust. This is especially true if you keep your car parked outside or live in an area that’s moist. If rust has formed on your rotors, it could make a squeaking sound, as well.

This noise is caused by rust from the rotors getting onto the edges as it turns. If you suspect your rotors are rusted, visit an authorized service center as soon as possible to have them replaced or repaired.

Glazed Brakes: Brake glazing is less common than the above reasons, but this occurrence has been known to cause your brakes to squeak. When the calipers in your braking system become stuck, your brakes can stay partly applied. This causes continual contact, resulting in elevated friction and heat.

This can cause glazing on your brakes that will make a high-pitched noise when all the pieces connect. Though this won’t reduce your braking power, it can lead to expensive damage down the line if not taken care of. To have your system replaced or have your brakes deglazed, schedule an appointment today.

Fix Those Squeaking Brakes at Rockwall Ford

If you are noticing squeaking brakes while driving, have them fixed right up when you schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art service center. Our certified professionals will diagnose the problem and do what it takes to get you back on the Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland roads quickly.

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