The most important safety feature in any car is the brakes. So, it’s normal to feel concerned that they’re making a squeaking sound. But, what you may not know is that sometimes, that squealing doesn’t mean your vehicle is in immediate danger.
However, you should still have the brakes inspected right away. In this post, our service team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach will explore some of the causes and remedies for squeaking brakes. We hope this information will help keep you safe and get repairs done before more expensive damage occurs.
How to Identify the Issue in Squeaky Brakes
Simply put, there are lots of reasons why your brakes might be squeaking. Here are the most common…
Rusty brakes: Do you notice the brakes squeaking in the morning only? If so, then excess moisture could be the issue. To correct the problem, simply pump your brakes a few times, and the rust should come off.
Dry brakes: If you’re driving with rear drum brakes, squeaking may indicate that additional lubrication is needed.
Hard brakes: Cheaper brake pads are usually made from hard metals, causing a loud squeaking sound when engaged. This won’t harm your vehicle, but you might want to buy high-quality brake pads for your next replacement.
Worn brakes: Most often, squeaky brakes are actually caused by a safety feature known as the brake wear indicator. This small piece of metal on the brake pad only sounds when the brake pad has worn down below a safe level and needs to be replaced.
Should I Replace My Brake Pads?
Chances are, your squeaking brakes are caused by the brake pads. Knowing the lifespan of your brake pads or getting routine service can help you avoid the squeaks. On average, front brake pads will last for about 30,000 miles or so. Meanwhile, your rear brake pads may last for twice that amount. You can monitor the age of your brake pads by keeping track of your service records.
How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
There are a couple ways to get more from your average brake pads. Avoid hard braking whenever possible. Hard braking can damage the entire braking mechanism, which is very bad. Avoiding driving in cities or in start/stop situations can help, too. Don’t forget to have your brakes inspected along with your regular tire rotation so you can keep a tab on their overall health.
Whenever you’re ready to replace your brake pads, it’s important to make sure you’re using the proper ones. There are many different brake pads available. Although ceramic pads are available, semi-metallic brake pads are the most common. Even though ceramic pads are known to be quieter and slightly longer lasting, they’re also notably more expensive than semi-metallic pads. Drivers looking for the longest life pad can find a suitable option, but these tend to squeak every time the brakes are used.
In Need of Brake Service?
It goes without saying that brakes are important to the function of your vehicle. Make sure to have them inspected regularly. You can have the brakes inspected at every oil change or every 10,000 miles. If your brakes are squeaking, schedule a service appointment immediately.
If you’re in the Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, or Wellington area, contact us at Braman Honda of Palm Beach for professional brake repair or replacement services.