4 reasons your car makes squeaking sounds when braking (with explanations)

05/30/2018

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Many causes can be responsible for the squeaking sounds when braking but 9 out of 10 cases are from broken or damaged car’s parts.

Believe it or not, cars actually have feelings and every time you hear your vehicle groaning, you know it’s really crying wishing you take actions. Especially if the squeaking sounds come when braking, it may be problems with the rotors or brakes and you won’t want it to cost you a huge fortune later for not fixing the issues.

What happens if you ignore the squeaking noise when braking

Sounds may come from various sources; however, the grinding noise from your braking action should be seriously taken as it might endanger your life. Because a great deal of heat energy is born due to friction each time you apply the brake pedal. Gradually, the brake pads wear out, leading to the damages to the caliper and rotor and make the brake fail to function. Skipping the grinding noise from the brakes is like giving your life to the hands of luck as the brakes can backfire its owner anytime.

Video: What that Squealing Brake Sound Means

Many causes can be responsible for the squeaking sounds when braking but 9 out of 10 cases are from broken or damaged car’s parts. Check out our list of 4 reasons your car makes squeaking sounds when braking (with explanations).

1. Keep your car inactive

It may sound funny but the fact is the more dormant your car is, the more likely it dies prematurely. Without regular use, your car will from corrosion and rust on the rotors. The rust soon infiltrates other parts and damage even further, drive your car regularly to steer away from this hassle.

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 Without regular use, your car will from corrosion and rust on the rotors

2. Torn-out friction pads

Torn-out friction pads are just a matter of time. When it occurs, the rotor and the backing plate’s metal surface will make a contact which harms the rotor. In addition, the rotor can also do the same thing on the caliper, scraping its meal surface.

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3. Low-end brake pads

Resorting to the decision of buying low-end brake pads helps you save money at the time but cost you more in a long run. The bad brake pads from uncreditable brands have metal chunks which contact on the surface of the rotor and eventually damage it.

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Resorting to the decision of buying low-end brake pads costs you more in a long run​

4. Tough objects stuck between the rotor and caliper

It is common that car’s parts attract dust, dirt, or grime. However, other tough objects may get stuck in some car’s parts as well. The space between the rotor and the caliper are sometimes the shelter small rocks find to accommodate. These tough objects threaten to damage the parts.

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