Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake Replacement Everything may be going well on your daily drive through Egg Harbor, Atlantic City and Vineland, when, suddenly, you notice a loud squeaking or squealing sound as you press down on the brake pedal. Is there something wrong with your brakes?

There’s a range of possible reasons why your brakes are squeaking, and these reasons can take the right knowledge and education to help you diagnose the problem and get the squeak out of your brakes and maintenance worries out of your mind. The potential reasons your brakes are squeaking could be due to the following:

  • Worn brake pads
  • Overheated pads/rotors
  • Missing insulation shims

Find out about each of these issues to to solve the question, “Why are my brakes squeaking?” and learn where you can go to get the problem resolved.

Worn-Out Brake Pads

One of the most common causes of squeaking brakes is worn-out brake pads Your brake pads are made of a strong metal backing and capped by rubberized or other friction-delivering pads, designed to rub up against the brake rotors when you press the brake pedal. This in turn slows the rotation of the wheel and allows you to control and stop your car.

Over time, the pads will wear down from all that contact with the rotors. Many brake pad manufacturers equip their pads with a wear indicator clip, which rubs up against the rotor and makes a squeaking noise when your pads get too thin. If this is cause of your squeaking, you’ll need to have new brake pads installed before the current ones wear out.

Overheated Pads or Rotors

On occasion, your brakes might stay partially applied even after you take your foot off the brake pedal. If the brake pad stays in contact with the rotor while you’re driving, the continued rubbing inevitably generates extra friction and heat and cause the pads and/or rotors to glaze, or get hard and smooth.

When your pads and rotors harden up like this, it’s difficult for them to “grip” each other and build friction when you need to stop the car. This can create a squeaking sound. You should replace your pads and resurface or replace your rotors to ensure you have the stopping power you need.

Missing Insulation Shims

If you notice brake squeaking right after a maintenance appointment, missing insulation shims may be the culprit.

Your car should have shims to fill the gap between the metal backings of your brake pads and the brake calipers. They may wear out, or the last technician who worked on your brakes may have discarded them during the job.

That’s all fine and well, but your shims need to be replaced with new ones when the old ones are thrown away. If your technician forgot to install new ones (or, alternatively, forgot to apply the silicone insulation gel that performs the same function), you’ll hear squeaking.

Visit Boardwalk Acura for Brake Servicing

Not every squeaking noise you hear from your brakes will require service. The noise may, for example, be caused by leaving your car outside overnight, letting moisture accumulate on the rotors. But if you think there’s any chance you need brake repair, don’t hesitate to contact the service center at Boardwalk Acura.

Whether you need new pads, rotors, calipers or something else, our team of trained technicians will have your ride squeak-free and ready for the roads of Egg Harbor, Atlantic City and Vineland in no time. Get in touch with us to schedule your service appointment today!