Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brakes Squeaking

An essential function of any vehicle is braking. Without it, the ability to arrive at a destination safely is compromised. Therefore, most drivers understandably pay close attention to any irregularities in their braking system, including brake noise.

At Faulkner Maserati Willow Grove, we are here to give you peace of mind. That’s why we’ve created this inside look at your vehicle’s braking system. Did we mention this was made specifically for Willow Grove, Horsham, and Abington, PA, drivers? Let’s dive in.

How Do Brakes Work?

Brakes SqueakingThe two main components of your braking system are brake pads and rotors. The two parts work in tandem: when brakes are applied by the driver, the rotor’s spinning wheel is clamped by the brake pad. Friction is built, which creates heat, and then eventually slows and stops the vehicle.

When your brakes make noise, it is a sign that something is up with either of these parts. Luckily, repairing or replacing brake pads and rotors is typically a fairly standard procedure. In fact, it is recommended that you get your braking systems inspected every time you get an oil change, or every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.

Stop by our dealership to speak to one of our expert technicians or schedule an appointment online today!

Different Signs of Brake Damage

Brakes SqueakingNow that you know more about brake components, let’s learn about some common causes for brake noise.

First, we should note that different noises generally indicate different problems. For example, a simple squeak or squeal usually means that your braking system is starting to show signs of wear and tear, and you should consider making a trip to the dealership.

However, if you feel your brakes grinding or grabbing, you smell something burning, or you see fluid is leaking, those are more urgent signs to get your brakes inspected.

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brakes SqueakingIn most cases, brake noise is an indication that the braking system is worn out or is suffering from temperature change.

Naturally, as your vehicle accumulates mileage, your brake pads undergo stress and wear. The friction and heat wear down the material on your brake pad, leading to replacement or repair. If you hear a loud squeal erupt consistently when you press down on the brake pedal, your brake pads may need attention.

Depending on the material your brake pad is made out of, certain pads will last longer than others. Typically, semi-metallic pads are prone to premature rotor wear. On the other hand, ceramic pads are equipped to last longer and are usually recommended for high-performance sports vehicles.

Less commonly, you may notice your brakes making noise acutely as you start your vehicle and then quiet down as you continue driving. This is a sign that a temperature change has caused an overnight layer of rust on the rotor. Once the heat from the brake pads warms it up, the noise will stop.

Fix Your Brake Squeaking Today

We hope you were able to gain some additional insight into your vehicle’s braking system and recognize some potential symptoms of brake damage.

If you feel that your vehicle may benefit from a brake inspection, look no further than Faulkner Maserati Willow Grove. Drivers in Willow Grove, Horsham, and Abington, Pennsylvania: stop by our dealership to speak with a team member today!


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