Brake noise can be terrifying, and with good reason. Some noises indicate that your brakes are in imminent danger of failure. Fortunately, though, serious brake damage generally sounds more like a metal on metal grinding than a squeak. Here are four common reasons for brake squeaking. Cheap Brake Pads:
Lower-quality brake pads tend to have a higher metal content than more expensive pads. As the metal drags across the rotor, squeaking can occur. Damp Brakes:
If you notice squeaking in the morning or after driving through puddles, damp brakes are likely to blame. Moisture can settle on the rotors, causing a thin layer of rust. As the rotors turn, it is scraped off, only to get caught in the brake pad. This problem generally disappears as the brakes warm up and dry out. Dry Drum Brakes:
Drum brakes need lubrication at the point where the shoe hits the backing plate. If this area goes dry, squeaking is an inevitable result. Brake Pad Wear:
Squeaking can be an early warning sign that your brake pads are starting to wear out. Brake pads contain small metal tabs of steel that hit the rotors when the brake pad is nearly worn away. You are not in imminent danger, but this is a sign that the pads need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Because brake squeaking can have many different causes, it is important to have your brakes checked right away. At best, you will learn that your brakes were just damp. At worst, you will need new brake pads. Either way, a qualified auto tech can get you back on your way in a hurry. If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try Colchin Automotive instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!
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