Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?
Squeaking Brakes, American Import Auto, Inc.
In this post, we are going to discuss some of the reasons for squeaky brakes. Squeaking brakes are attributed to many different factors. At American Import Auto, Inc. we offer brake service and repair on ALL makes and models. Call us today to schedule an appointment to determine the cause of your squeaking brakes!
First, we go into the brake system inspection. At American Import Auto, Inc. we recommend changing front brakes at 3-4 millimeters in thickness. Rear Brakes at 3-4 millimeters in thickness, and a brake fluid flush every 24 months, or 24,000 miles. Our ASE-Certified mechanics will inspect all the major components of your vehicle's brake system, including the drums, pads, rotors, shoes, and linings. We then give you an evaluation of the current condition of the system based on the inspection. We then diagnose what is causing the squeaky brakes and recommend any repairs needed.
Bad Brake Rotors
We have discussed when we must go in and resurface your brake rotors, this is a very common cause of brake squeaking. A lot of the time, rust and other corrosive contaminants build up on the rotors. This requires our technicians to either resurface your rotors, (if they aren't done prior), or replace them completely. The rotors also squeak when there is rough or uneven wear over time.
Worn Brake Pads
When your brake pads have wear, you may hear a squeaking noise from the brakes. If left unattended to, you could damage the rotors and calipers to your brake system. Usually, your brake pads will have a wear indicator that scrapes on the rotors which lets you know it is time for replacement. Another sign of worn brake pads is a slower response time when braking the vehicle. This puts the driver in a dangerous position, we recommend you see us immediately, so we can always ensure your safety!
Brake Fluid Checks:
Brake fluid is not an initial cause of squeaking, but nonetheless important to check along with the rest of the brake system. We will test the current condition of your brake fluid and if needed, replace the old product with new. The brake fluid is crucial to the braking system, it keeps the internal parts lubricated, and ensures the brake system functions. Without brake fluid, you would not be able to stop your vehicle. You will never need to add brake fluid unless you notice a leak, but we do suggest a fluid flush at 24 months, or 24,000 miles.
We invite you to visit our auto repair shop for a FREE brake fluid inspection so that we can always ensure your safety while traveling on the road.