Albany Auto Repair

Why Do My Brakes Squeal?

Have you ever been driving, hit the brakes, and heard just an awful sound? 


It could be something simple like a small rock getting stuck between the brake parts, or it could be time for a brake service.

Brakes work off friction; a brake pad or shoe is made of very rough material and is pressed against the brake rotor or drum, and that is what stops your vehicle. 


Under normal conditions, brakes aren't going to make noise, but sometimes, small rocks or other road debris can get in there and make noise. Or when a brake pad wears down on some models, they have a part designed to squeal on purpose to alert you that the pads have reached the end of their lifetime and need to be replaced. Most European cars have sensors in the pad or caliper that will warn you on the dash that the pads need to be replaced instead of making a noise. 


If you ignore these warnings or if your automobile doesn't have either of these features and you wear completely through your pads or shoes, then you will hear the squealing and grinding sound of the metal backing plate making contact with the rotor instead of the normal brake material. This is actually dangerous because while metal against metal makes a lot of noise, it doesn’t stop very well.


Anytime your vehicle comes into our facility, we will be doing a full inspection, including checking the brake pads, shoes, and rotors. So let us keep your car in tip-top shape, including the BRAKES! We have a standard for how much wear we allow on brake pads and will let you know when replacement is recommended so you don’t have to hear that annoying sound and, more importantly, keeping you safe.


At Crabtree Automotive, we work on all makes and models, even Diesels. From Honda to Audi and everything in between! So give us a call or schedule an appointment today with the link below.


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