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Squeaking Car Brakes

Squeaking Car Brakes

Here's a very common question we get about the noises the car brakes can make, and what they might mean. I notice my breaks squeak but it’s a mild, not at every stop and not loud. Do they need to be checked right away when I hear noise or is it safe to wait? Will it mean I need new breaks for sure? Does it depend on the model of the car or is there a good rule of thumb for all makes and models? First and foremost, brake inspections at certified auto repair locations will be offered at no charge. With that said, there are a few reasons that cause brakes to squeak. They could be completely worn out and need replaced or, it could be something as minor as brake dust or dirt buildup between the pads and the rotor. Every time you hit the brakes they loose a little friction material, and over time the material can get built up on the pad surface and cause a squeak, which is not a safety problem. Sometimes, a good rain shower, or going through a carwash ca ... read more