Are Breaks Squeaking a Bad Thing?

Imagine that you are driving around the city in your car and all of a sudden you hear a strange noise as you stop at the intersection. Surely that wasn’t your car that just made that noise; you haven’t had it that long. Sure enough at the nest intersection you panic because you hear the noise again. Is there something majorly wrong with your brakes? Why are they squeaking so badly? Breathe. It could be nothing. Its okay you can calm down. This article will take a look at some of the reasons that you brakes could be squeaking. There are many factors that can contribute to the noise, if you are still worried then take it to a mechanic and have them check it out for you.

So what causes your breaks to squeak? One of the most basic reasons is that the metal rotor can vibrate when the brake pads squeeze together and this can make the squeaky sound. If this is the case then lucky for you, it can be easy to fix. A few of the ways that you can fix this problem include: trying a different brake pad, sand off the surface hardening the brake pad, or even use a milk spray or lotion on the back of the pads. Unless you are a skilled car technician you might want a professional to perform these tasks.

However, the squeaky noise that you hear can be your car trying to tell you that your brake pads are starting to wear. Most cars now have a built in safety system called the wear indicator. The wear indicator can vary depending on the type of pads that you have. Regardless, it is going to be a piece of metal that will be exposed when your break pad has been worn away. Again, when in doubt take it to the professionals. Another serious reason that your breaks could be squeaking is because you have metal to metal contact happening. Meaning your break pad can be messing with your rotor or something else. If your car is shaking when you stop or you notice it pulling to one side, you need to get it serviced as soon as possible.

Now not to scare you but your brakes are a very important function in your car. Making sure your car is running properly should be a top priority for it. It can seem like a huge expense to fix problems on your car especially if you still owe money on it and are paying for car insurance. However, you will continue to risk your life if you do not have your brakes checked out. How do you think a car stops if their brakes fail? They don’t, which is exactly why you should protect yourself and your car and stay on top of your maintenance. You could take it to the shop or if you are confident that you can fix them for a better price, then do that. Just make sure that you know exactly what you are doing.

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