When Your Brakes Are Squeaking: Squeaking and Grinding Brakes and the Culprit Behind the Noise
We’ve all heard that noise when we’re driving with our windows down. You know the one we’re talking about……..that loud grinding or squeaking noise when you roll up to a traffic light?
It’s easier to sit there thinking,
“Wow, it sounds like someone needs to get their brakes checked…”
….but it’s never a fun day when you realize that someone is you!
So what does it actually mean for the health and safety of your car?
- Worn-out brake pads
- Lower quality brake pads
- Solid objects stuck in the brake system
- Shattered shims
- Driving less frequently
- Worn-out rotor discs
- Bad wheel bearing
- Unlubricated caliper bolts
Why did my brakes go from squeaking to grinding?
By the time you hear your brakes grinding, it may be a sign that you ignored the earlier squeaking noise and have now worn completely through your brake pads. Since there are no pads to protect your brakes, the metal is rubbing together which is a definite safety issue and could result in larger repairs needed on your rotors.
Can I put it off? What happens when you ignore the problem?
- Risk of brakes failing on the road
- Putting your safety and the safety of others at risk
- Damaging your entire brake system
- Pay more money over time to fix escalated problems
The good news is, brake wear is completely normal; by design, brakes do wear down over time. As long as you stay proactive about routine brake maintenance, you can avoid major safety issues and unnecessary expenses.
OOROO is here to help you be better informed about your vehicle and what is happening when unexpected surprises come up! Our auto repair specialists are here for you to determine the cause of the problem and find the right solution.