Why are My Brakes Squealing?

May 28th, 2018 by

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It happens to us all: you come to a stop, and your brakes make an awful, grating, squalling noise that has people as far away as Minnetonka covering their ears and wincing. But, when are squeaky brakes just an annoyance and when should you consider it cause for concern? That depends on a few factors. Explore them here and, if you suspect that your brakes are ready for attention, schedule a service appointment and let our brake specialists handle it.

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When Squeaky or Grinding Brakes is Just Noise

The weather in Brooklyn Park can be damp. Between the cold, wet winters, and humid summers, your brakes are exposed to plenty of moisture. If your car sits for any length of time, this moisture can result in surface rust on your brake rotors. While this rust can cause squeaky brakes the first few times you apply the peddle, or even grab as the pads scrape the rust off, it should go away within a few stops, leaving your car none the worse for wear.

If you’re still wondering why your brakes are squealing, however, you could have a more serious issue.

When You Should Be Concerned About Squeaky Brakes

If the squeaking continues after you’ve hit the brakes a few times, you could have debris between the pad and the rotor. This can happen when the roads are salted or graveled, a measure often employed to deal with ice and snow around Maple Grove in the wintertime.  While in the short term this brake grinding isn’t cause for concern, the debris should be removed as soon as possible to prevent uneven wear on the rotors, which could eventually cause severe rotor damage.

Another common cause of brake grinding or squealing is normal wear exposing the wear indicator, which is built into your brake pad. As the pad wears down, a small metal tab is exposed, which grinds against the rotor like a needle on a vinyl record, letting you know it’s time for service.

In serious examples, brake parts can become loose or damaged by debris, accidents, poor-quality parts, or rough roads. In these cases, brakes can emit a continuous screeching noise, pulse, “wobble,” or require more force to bring the vehicle to a full stop. In these cases, immediate, professional attention is needed to make certain the system doesn’t fail, and you and your passengers remain safe.

Still Wondering Why Your Brakes are Squealing? Come to Cornerstone Plymouth

At Cornerstone Plymouth, we not only offer service specials that can save you money, but we also make it easy to maintain your brakes for a safer, more convenient commute. Browse our other maintenance tips and learn why your steering wheel shakes before it becomes a service emergency. Preventive care is the best way to save money on service. Contact us today to learn more and see how stress-free maintaining your car can be.

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