Your Subaru can make some noise when you're driving through Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers. While some noises are normal, there are a few that you need to be aware of. The most common noise is squeaking brakes. If you are wondering, "What do squeaky brakes me?" we have the answers for you.

Squeaking brakes is something almost all drivers have heard. So, what does it mean, and what do you need to do when you hear it? To find out, Ira Subaru is here with your guide to squeaking brakes and what you can do to stop it.

 Why are my brakes squeaking?  Cause 
 New Brake Parts  It is common for new rotors or brake pads to squeak within the first few days before they're completely broken in.
 Damp Brake Pads Brakes often squeak when moisture gets onto the brake pads.
 Brake Wear Indicators Most brake pads are designed with steel clips in them called wear indicators. The resulting irritating sound you hear lets you know it's time to take your car in to get new brake pads.
 Worn Brake Pad Insulation and Loose Parts Squeaking can also happen when the material that insulates your brake pads starts to wear down as well as when hoses or rotors come loose.
 Glazed Brakes Glazing can occur when the entire brake system gets stuck due to too much friction. Heat builds up and causes your brakes to harden and not perform as well.


What Causes Squeaking Brakes?

The brakes on your car could squeak for several reasons. Whether your brakes are squeaking while you are driving or your brakes are squeaking when you break. Sometimes, you'll hear some squeaking after a bit of rain or a car wash, as the pads remove the rust from the discs. Other times, you'll hear a quiet squeak as you're driving because of the metal content in your brake pads. If these are the cause of the sound, it should disappear after a few minutes. If it doesn't, your brakes pads could be to blame.

Brake pads are usually embedded with a little metal spring. As they start to wear down, the more the spring is exposed. When the pads become too thin, the rotors will rub against the spring and cause a high-pitched squealing noise. That sound is your warning to get the pads replaced.

Other common causes of squeaking brakes include:

  • Brake pads with high metal content
  • Dust or debris from the road settling in the brake system
  • Lack of lubrication for certain brake parts

How to Stop the Squeak

Squeaking brakes may be a common occurrence for many local drivers, but there are ways you can put an end to the noise, depending on what's causing it.

If the materials of your brake pad are the culprit, all you have to do is swap them out for a set that has less metal materials. If it's the rear brakes, simply lubricate the contact points between the shoe and backing plate.

However, if you think it's your brake pads, the best thing to do is have them replaced immediately. Ignoring this warning sign can lead to serious performance issues. Plus, the sound can even morph into a hard grinding noise, which indicates that the brake pads have worn completely through.

When this happens, your brakes won't be able to perform as well as they should, which can increase your chances of getting into an accident.

Have Your Brakes Replaced or Serviced Now in Danvers, MA

There are a lot of reasons as to why your brakes are squeaking, but when you hear it every time to slow down or stop, the best thing you can do to ensure your safety is to have a professional at Ira Subaru take a closer look at it. We'll perform the appropriate service based on what we find, so we can stop the squeak and make sure your brakes provide a long-lasting and safe performance.

If you're in the Wakefield, Reading, or Danvers areas and notice that your Subaru's brakes are making quite a bit of noise, schedule a service appointment at Ira Subaru today. Give our service center a call at 978-739-8850 today!

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