Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?
The brakes are the most important part of a vehicle, as they’re what bring it to a safe stop when driving around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Vineland. The brakes are mainly quiet when they do their job. However, you may hear a slight squeaking noise when applying the brakes.
Before making any assumptions, you can read through our guide to determine the cause of the squeaking brakes. The most common causes of squeaking brakes are:
- Thin film of rust on the brakes: this can be caused by rain or moisture in the air and should stop after a short amount of time.
- Worn brake pads: if the noise resembles a ripping sheet, it may be time for a brake pad replacement.
- Driving conditions: dusty or sandy air conditions can cause squeaking sounds.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at BMW of Atlantic City if you have any questions.
Examples of Squeaking Brake Noises
There are times when brake noise is normal. For example, you’ll often hear a slight squeaking noise when pressing down on the pedal first thing in the morning. This is especially the case if it rained the night before. The pads will sweep a thin film of rust that forms on the brakes discs causing a high-pitched squeal.
Race track drivers will often hear squeaking brakes, too. That’s because the material used for performance brake pads creates greater friction, resulting in a squeaking noise.
While some brake noise is normal, there are times when it could be a cause for concern. If you hear a noise that resembles ripping sheet metal, it means that the brake pads are starting to get thin. When that happens, it’ll become harder to safely bring your vehicle to a stop. So, when you hear this noise, be sure to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.
Fixing Squeaky Brakes
There are several ways that those squeaking brakes could be fixed. First, lotion or cream could be applied to the back of the brake pads. Sandpaper can be used to sand off surface hardening on a brake pad.
You may also want to consider replacing your current pads with those of a different material. If you currently use Kevlar brake pads, switching to metallic or ceramic could be a better option.
Whatever course of action is best for your brakes, it should be done by a professional. That’s because they have years of experience fixing brakes on all types of automobiles.
Before the squeaking brakes become a bigger issue, bring your car to our service center for a checkup. Our technicians will easily determine if the noise is normal or the beginnings of something more serious.
If the brakes need a simple repair, our team will do it quickly and efficiently. If anything has to get replaced, we’ll only use genuine parts. These are the same ones used when the vehicle was first built. Because of this, the parts will first inside the car perfectly and be of the highest quality. This way, the automobile will stay in tip-top shape for many years and miles.
Schedule Brake Service Today
If your brakes are squeaking when driving around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Vineland, then schedule service at BMW of Atlantic City. Let us know what day and time work for you, and we’ll confirm an appointment in no time.
So, don’t wait. Schedule brake service with us today!