Why Are My Brakes Squeaking

Squeaking brakes can be annoying. The noise is usually loud and draws attention. Car owners are often left to determine if this sound is a simple annoyance or a warning sign of a major brake issue. When it comes to your brakes, it is often best to err on the side of caution. The most common problems are caused by worn brake hardware, pads, or rotor finish.

Determining the Cause

There are several different causes of squeaky brakes. A constant or strange noise could be a sign that the hardware simply needs lubrication. It could also be a sign that certain components are wearing out and need to be serviced. Temperature changes can also cause brakes to squeak, especially if you live in an area that can experience severe cold. When the temperature is involved, the squeaking usually stops once the brake components warm up. A loud squeal could also be from brake pads that need replacement. Some pads come with a wear indicator that produces a loud squeal to warn the owner that a replacement is necessary. 

Major concerns to be mindful of are grinding, grabbing, or being pulled to one side when braking. In these circumstances, it is important to have your vehicle serviced to ensure your safety.

Let Us Help

Your brakes can squeak, squeal, and grind for several different reasons. Your brakes play a critical role in the safety and function of your car. It is best to have any concerns addressed as soon as possible, even if they seem minor. The professionals at Siskiyou Imports can ensure your car is operating at its best. We can examine the different components of your braking system to ensure you are getting the repairs you need.  Contact us to learn more.  

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