Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Toyota Service

Your car is comprised of a lot of moving parts that work hard to smoothly and safely get you around Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem. This is why scheduling the recommended routine maintenance with us at Faulkner Toyota Trevose is important so you have the peace of mind that these parts are in proper working order and your vehicle continues to run smoothly.

Sometimes these parts may experience wear to the point they need to be replaced immediately. If you hear your brakes start to squeak, this could mean its time to replace different parts of the braking system. Why are my brakes squeaking you might ask? There can be a variety of reasons, the most common listed below.

Rust on the Rotors

One answer to the question of why my brakes are squeaking could simply be due to rust. With your car sitting outside parked in your driveway or on the street, it can accumulate moisture on various parts, specifically the brake rotors.

Whether it is has been raining, humid out, or there is morning dew, moisture can collect on the rotor and form a layer of rust. So, when you hear the squeaking noise from your brakes, it could be the brake pads rubbing against the rusted rotor. This problem usually fixes itself and the pads should scrap off the rust and quiet the brakes.

Brake Pads Have Become Too Worn Out

If the noise doesn’t go away after driving your car around for a bit, then the issue probably isn’t rust. So next thing you will want to do is determine how much wear your brake pads have experienced. When the pads become excessively worn, your brakes may squeak, and the braking system might not properly or efficiently slow or stop your vehicle.

The pads are the piece of the brakes that is pushed against the rotors when your foot pushes on the brake pedal. This causes friction between the those two parts and slows down your vehicle to an eventual stop. So that friction will wear out the pads over time and they will need to be replaced.

If you think the reason your brakes are squeaking is because of the brake pads, you will want to schedule an appointment to have it serviced right away to have them checked and replaced if needed.

Not Enough Lubrication

To help slow down the wear of various systems and components of your vehicle due to friction, the parts need to stay well lubricated. If your vehicle has drum brakes instead of disc brakes, there may not be enough lubrication, which is causing the brakes to squeak.

If the sound is specifically coming from the rear brakes only, this could be an indication that this is your problem since drum brakes are usually equipped in the back wheels.

You will want to have lubrication applied to your brakes, especially the contact points of where parts meet and move against one another.

How to Fix My Squeaking Brakes

When your brakes start to squeak, you can schedule a service appointment with us at Faulkner Toyota Trevose. Our certified technicians can examine your vehicle, determine what is causing your brakes to squeak, and quickly fix the issue so you can get back to driving around Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem safely.