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Why are My Brakes Squeaking?

Automotive questions are common at our Centennial, Aurora, and Denver locations. A question we hear often is, “Why are my brakes squeaking?”

Noisy brakes can mean several different things. If your brakes are squeaking, it’s best not to deal with the problem yourself. Instead, seek help from a technician, such as our team at Mile High Honda. We are experienced in diagnosing and treating brake problems, and our goal is to get you back on the road in a fully functioning vehicle as soon as possible.

Brake Pad Issues

Squeaky BrakesThe answer to “why are my brakes squeaking” often lies in the brake pads. The more you drive, the softer your brake pads become. As they soften, parts like anti-rattle clips and calipers loosen, causing vibrations within the pads. At times, brakes squeak because clips and calipers are broken, necessitating heavy brake pad repair or replacement.

In other cases, brake pads become glazed. If you notice your brake doesn’t seem to go down all the way, this is probably why. Pads become glazed when they have too much contact with rotors. If they are not repaired, your brake pads will harden, leaving the brakes unable to be applied at all.

Insulation Issues

Sometimes, brakes squeak because your insulation has gone bad, or you lack insulation completely. Every vehicle should be outfitted with brake shims to insulate brakes from their calipers and keep brake parts from grinding against each other. Know that shims are not always applied to brake pads, and shims wear out over time, especially if you do a lot of heavy driving.

Insulation issues usually require replacement of shims or the entire pad. Sometimes your technician will inject silicone gel for extra insulation or to apply insulation that was never there in the first place. In severe cases, more than one gel injection might be necessary.

Rotor Wear and Tear

Sometimes brakes squeak because they’re riding up on the rotors. Again, this often happens as your vehicle ages. If the rotor is the problem, you might hear clicking in addition to squeaking. To repair this, your technician will usually re-glaze or replace your brake pads. This ensures your pads have a “true” surface and will work properly with the rotors, instead of grinding against them or riding up.

Weather-Related Squeaking

Sometimes the answer to, “why are my brakes squeaking” is as simple as the weather. During times of heavy rain and snow, brakes often squeak first thing in the morning because they’ve been sitting in a damp environment all night. In order to prevent this, park your vehicle in a secure garage, and keep the environment dry and warm. If you notice brakes squeaking at other times of day, or squeaking in good weather, bring your car in for servicing.

Poor Brake Construction

Not all brakes are created equal. Some are built with less care than others or with high metal content. The more metal in your brakes, the more likely they are to squeak, click, or make other noises. If you suspect poor brake construction, or your brakes seem to be grinding metal on metal, bring your vehicle to us for a brake replacement.

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If you have other questions about your brakes, or would like to know more about our dealership or service, visit one of our locations in Centennial, Aurora, or Denver or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to serving you.

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