What To Do When Your Brakes Start Squeaking

Cars are complicated machines. Sometimes, an issue can lay dormant for a long time and pop up when you least expect it. Then, there are times when the problem is readily apparent, and you know that you have to do something to rectify the issue as soon as possible.  


When your brakes start making noise, it is never a good sign. Your brakes help to keep you safe on the road. It is crucial that they be in good working order. As soon as you notice a noise coming from your brakes, it is important to take action. The information below will help you understand more about what’s happening with your car and also what you should do to take care of the problem. 


What’s The Problem?

Many times, the brake pads are the culprit, particularly if the car is a few years old. If they are not replaced, the rotor can eventually be damaged, which is why it is so important to have the brakes fully evaluated. Even if the pads are not the culprit, the noise itself is an indication that you need to have your car serviced. You do not want to take any chances with your brakes.


Is There Anything I Can Do?

You may be able to cut back on the amount of noise you hear by simply changing the way that you drive. Start by cleaning out your car. Do not carry excess weight and put additional pressure on the vehicle. In addition, get in the habit of staying back from other cars when you are on the road. You do not want to slam on your brakes frequently or even overuse them if you can help it.


If your brake pads are worn, you may find it difficult to replace them yourself, especially if you don’t have a lot of car knowledge. At minimum, you need to have brake pads, brake fluid, brake grease and brake rotors on hand if you want to attempt to do the job. You also need some tools to be effective, like a C-clamp. However, you may waste a lot of money unless you have experience working on cars, so be sure you feel comfortable taking this step.


It is natural to panic a little when you hear your brakes squeaking. After all, no one wants to take chances with their safety when they are out on the road. Keep in mind that there are other factors that can affect what you are hearing when you drive. Extreme humidity, for example, is one factor, as is dust or debris. Keep in mind, though, that brakes are designed to make noise when they are wearing down. It is one way that you know you need to take action. Therefore, as soon as you start hearing squeaking, head into Ethan’s Honest Automotive to get your car looked at. We can determine if there are any additional steps you need to take to ensure your safety while driving your vehicle.