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Why Are Your Brakes Squeaking Like That? 

Not all of the faults that can happen with your car are going to be immediately felt or are going to flash up in your warning lights. There are some that you have to keep an eye out for as well. The sound of a metallic squeak as you push on the brakes is not the most pleasant sound in the world, but you might be surprised as to just how many people ignore it and think that there’s nothing wrong when they hear it. Here, we’re going to look at four possibilities and what you can do to fix them.

You need new brake pads

One of the parts of the car that is going to need to be replaced, for certain, as time goes on, is your brake pads. These pads start to wear out, which leads to the metal pads under the surface being revealed. If you can hear this, you need to replace your brake pads, as it won’t be too long before they start doing damage to your brake rotor, and your braking power is already diminished.

Brake rotor corrosion

Though like all parts of the car, your brake rotor has rust-proofing in most cases, it can start to lose its smoothness due to the build-up of rust or of other debris. In most cases, all you need to do is to have it filed off by your mechanic. There are plenty of ways to prevent rust from badly affecting your brake rotors. High-quality rotors tend to rust less, and keeping in the garage and out of the elements will help, as well. Make sure you invest in routine cleanings for your car, too.

You should replace your brake calipers

Your brake calipers play a vital part alongside your brake pads. Although they are designed to last for the entire lifetime of your vehicle, they can fail, meaning that you will need replacement brake calipers. Aside from the metallic screeching noise that you might hear while driving, other symptoms of this problem can include your vehicle pulling to one side while driving and especially while braking or your brake pads wearing down unevenly. If you’re having your brake pads replaced, you should have your calipers checked as well just to make sure they’re doing okay.

You might just be braking too hard

Sometimes you need to slam your foot down to stay safe. However, if you’re hearing a slight squeak as you brake, then it’s a sign that you are braking too hard. It may not be a symptom in and of itself, but it can lead to a host of problems, such as causing heat and friction to warp the brake discs, rotors, and calipers or, the much more likely outcome, you’re going to wear our your brake pads before their time. If you can, try to avoid putting your foot down on the brakes and drive safe.

Squeaking brakes are nothing to ignore. Normally, it means you need a replacement of some kind and, so long as you don’t get it, your car could be in danger.