Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Hearing a strange or unknown noise when you are driving your car can be a scary sound. Even more so, if you are hearing squealing noises as you're braking it could be reminiscent of fingernails scraping down the chalkboard. Squealing as you're braking is not just unpleasant, it is also scary.

It is a warning sign that things aren't going too well with your brakes and you know something will have to be done about it. Knowing something will have to be done is one thing, but knowing why the squealing noise is happening maybe something you aren't aware of as to why it's happening, but here are some reasons as to why you're hearing this frightening noise at all.

A squealing noise when you brake is no joke, and here are some things that could cause this to happen:

  • Brake Pads Are Worn Out: This is a common reason why you will hear this sound. This will happen when there is a metal wear indicator is uncovered on your brake pads. When this happens, it will cause the squealing noise as a warning sign that your brake pads need attention of some sort.
     
  • Your Brake Pads Are Loose: Your braking system in your car is made up of many components. If any of them are loose, they will begin to vibrate which will cause the squealing or squeaking noise. There may need to be an adjustment, a part that needs to be cleaned, or something may need to be lubricated.
     
  • Road Conditions or Weather Conditions: If you're driving in weather conditions such as snow, rain, and even humidity has the possibility to cause brakes to squeal. This can be due to some condensation building up on the rotors. If that's the case, the noise shouldn't last too long.

It's no secret, you want your car to be as safe as possible. If you are hearing any squealing noises when you brake that's something you don't want to delay having looked into. If you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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