Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?


If, when driving around Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, GA, you hear a high-pitched noise, chances are you’ve asked yourself, why are my brakes squeaking? There are many reasons for this, but most causes for squeaking brakes mean it’s time for new ones.

At Albany Motorcars, we’re big believers in providing as much information as possible, which is why we’ve put together this squeaking brake guide. Keep reading to learn more!


Brake Service

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Your car brakes squeak for many different reasons. Sometimes they squeak to remove moisture from the brakes. Other times, the squeaking can tell you that your brake pads are worn down.

Some of the possible causes for brake squeak include:

  • Moisture
  • Lack of lubrication
  • Thinning brake pads

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Squeaking in the Morning? Moisture Is to Blame

When you pump the brakes the first couple of times in the morning, do your car’s brakes squeak? If so, this likely does not indicate any issue with your brakes.

Overnight, moisture collects on your brakes. This early-morning squeaking is typically because of the moisture and will stop shortly.

If the squeaking doesn’t stop, a mechanic will need to look at your brakes.


Cleaning Brakes

Brake Squeak Due to Lack of Lubrication

Your car’s brakes work by creating friction between different parts. While this rubbing together of parts is normal, a lack of lubrication—particularly to the shoe-to-backing-plate of your rear brakes—could cause a rubbing together of parts that shouldn’t otherwise happen.

When these parts rub together, they can rust, which leads to a squeaking sound.


Brake Pad Replacement

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking? Thinning Brake Pads

Over time, your car’s brake pads will wear down. This is expected and a normal occurrence.

Another normal occurrence is to hear brakes squeaking when it’s time for new brake pads. That’s because brake pads are equipped with a wear indicator. These indicators are made of steel and are designed to hit the rotor—which causes a squeaking sound—before the brake pad wears out.

This way, you’ll have plenty of time to replace your brake pads.


Car Brakes

What to Do if My Brakes Are Squeaking

When you notice brake squeak, here are a few steps you should take:

  • Search for a pattern: Are your brakes squeaking in the morning only? Do you notice it when you’re traveling down long hills? Look for a pattern to your car’s brake squeak that you can relay to your mechanic.
  • Chat with your mechanic: Once you notice a pattern—if there is one—give your mechanic a call and explain what is happening. They may be able to provide recommendations over the phone.
  • Schedule a service appointment: The best thing you can do if your car brakes are squeaking is to have your mechanic take a look. Schedule your appointment online at a time that’s most convenient for you.

Schedule Your Brake Appointment Today

When it comes to resolving squeaking brakes, let the experts at our service center help. Thanks to their extensive training and knowledge of vehicles, your brake issues will be resolved in no time, allowing you to resume your Albany, Leesburg, and Tifton, Georgia, travels sooner than imagined.

Contact us at Albany Motorcars to schedule your service appointment today!


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