How to fix squeaky brakes
Corner Park Garages, Swansea and Cardiff
May 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM
One of the most annoying noises when driving has to be that of squeaky brakes. When the brakes squeak every time you stop, then this can make your driving experience incredibly miserable. So, how do you fix squeaky breaks? Well, there are several things that you can do, including checking for any loose parts, replacing worn parts and lubricating parts and pads. All of these methods will hopefully help to stop your breaks from squeaking.
Are there any loose parts?
One common reason for squeaky brakes is that of loose parts. It is a good idea to try and see if you are able to move the brake pads, and any other components, such as the calipers, as you should not be able to move them. This movement can cause squeaking. If you also find any brake clips that are damaged or lose, then ideally these also need to be replaced.
One of the first things you should try, if you suspect that the noise is coming from your break pads, is to apply dampening paste. What this paste does is to create a cushion between the brake pad, and the rest of the brake mechanics, helping to filter out the noises due to vibration in the car. The paste should be fully dry before the pads can be reinstalled. If you need to remove old dampening paste, then this can be easily done with degreaser.
Worn brake pads
Worn brake pads can also be another culprit for the reason of squeaky brakes. If the pads look worn or damaged, then they need to be replaced. Many pads are designed to make noise, in order to alert the driver to the fact that they need to be replaced. Consult your car's user manual on how to perform this task. It should be fairly straightforward.
The brake drum or rotor
The brake drum should not look worn or damaged. There should be no apparent scratches or deep grooves oh the surface. If the surface is damaged, then this can cause the brake pads to move within the brake caliper, resulting in a squeaking sound. If the brake drum has been badly damaged, then this is a job that is best left to your local garage, as it will need to be either repaired or replaced.
There are many reasons why your brakes might be squeaking and many ways in which you can fix the problem. If you have tried our suggestions, and your brakes are still squeaking, then we suggest taking your car to your nearest garage.