Fixing Squeaky Brakes

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated February 25, 2017)

There is really nothing more embarrassing (or scary) to a vehicle owner than stopping when you have squeaky brakes. Fixing these can be a fairly time-consuming task because there are several things you need to check and rule out.

The only way that you can rule out whether your brakes are actually bad is to remove them and have them inspected by a professional. If you have old brakes that squeak, it could be a sign that they need to be replaced.

If you have recently had your brakes fixed, changed, or replaced and they squeak then you are in luck because new brakes just squeak. Many of the new brake pads currently on the market are no longer made from asbestos due to the associated risks of cancer. So be sure that you know what material your brakes are made from, otherwise you may end up purchasing the wrong kind. Quite often this squeaking is the result of the more metallic brake pads grinding or vibrating when they come into contact with the brake disc.

Go to your local auto parts store and ask for a few items. The first items that you should ask for are things along the lines of pastes or sprays for lubrication. This is not to lubricate the actual brakes, but the attachments like the piston. Another thing that you might want to look at is some brake cleaner. When you had the brakes replaced, it is possible that the shipping "oil" was not properly removed, and the brakes might simply need to be cleaned a little. You should be aware that these items are going to very quickly add up in price, so I would only suggest using a couple of them at a time. This way you can keep the cost down, and not waste any money if you find something that works right away.

Finally, there is one other possibility that could be causing the squeaky brakes. That possibility is you might need to give your car a lube job. If nothing else, having a lube job is going to help ensure that your car runs properly.

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Lee Wyatt

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