Dealing With Squeaky Brakes Without Panicking

When you have a car, it’s natural to want to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. Indeed, a well-maintained vehicle means that it will cost less in emergency repair and unexpected failures. More importantly, a maintained car is safer for the driver and the passengers. Consequently, it’s recommended to keep on top of your service appointments and checkups if you want to enjoy your car for longer. However, it’s not always easy. One of the most common complaints about cars is when they are making noises that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Picture the scene, you are coming back home, parking on the drive, and as you hit the brake pedal, you hear a distinctive squeak from the front wheel. The car stops. But it does with an agonizing cry. Before you begin to panic and worry about your safety, here’s a little guide about what to do when your brakes squeak unexpectedly.

What Can Cause A Squeak?

Brakes can squeak for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, brakes begin to squeak when the brake pads have gone so thin that they are setting off a brake wear indicator, aka a squeak. This isn’t the only reason. Sometimes, the squeak occurs as the result of a condensation phenomenon, after a rainy day or as a morning dew sets for example. Additionally, if the brake rotor is covered in rust, it’s likely to emit a squeaky noise too. Sometimes, your brakes squeak as a result of dirt, or a small gravel that has found its way between your caliper – the part that holds the brake pads together – and the disk. This is especially common if you’ve been driving on a freshly gravelled road, for instance.

How To Check Your Brakes

Brake pads, caliper and disk

 

It’s therefore important to understand how to check your brakes, as seen on dummies.com. You will need to jack up the car to remove the wheel that hides the squeaky brakes. This will expose the rotor – or disk –, the caliper and the brake pads. You can see the thinness of the brake pads through an inspection hole on top of the caliper. Be carefully though, as parts will be hot if you’ve just been driving the car. This inspection will show if the disk is damaged, or if the pads need replacing. If any of these is damaged, it’s time to act.

 

Changing Your Brakes Or Asking For Help

You’d be glad to know that you can change your brakes pads or disk by yourself if you’ve got the right tools. You can order the relevant parts online; partsengine.ca is a good address if you’re not sure of the type of pads or disk you need as you can customize the search filter to your car make and model. Besides, you get a one-year return policy, so there’s no need to worry if you accidentally order the wrong part. If you don’t feel confident, you can still book an appointment in your local garage to get it done.

The Danger Of Driving With Bad Brakes

Bad or damaged brake parts need to be replaced as soon as possible. Driving with them can damage your car. There’s a risk of cracking the rotor, or even the caliper, which can stop the wheel from turning. You could also break the suspension system out of alignment if you continuously use poor brakes. Finally, you could wear down the rubber of your tyres as the car tries to stop.

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