Whenever I step on my brake pedal, the brakes produce a high-pitched squeak. Not only does the sound makes me concerned about the brake system of my car. It also embarrasses me in front of people. What can be the cause of the squeaking brakes? And are there solutions to this problem.


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While squeaking brakes may seem to be a normal thing, it is not something that you would love to hear.

This sound can be a nuisance and total embarrassment.

Imagine your car producing this sound in front of your buddies.

The most sensitive thing about squeaking is it may be sending a message about the state of your car’s brake system.

Probably the brake pads and rotors are warped and the sound is as a result of two metals coming into contact with each other.

In short, the squeaking could be telling you that you need a car break repair.

Probably you need to change the car discs and pads.

Chapter 1: What is the Cause of Squeaking Brakes

The squeaky brake can make you panic and start fearing for the worst.

This is normal especially if you are not sure of something that is causing this sound.

The good news is you don’t always have to be worried about the squeaky brakes.

This is because some causes of this sound are not harmful.

Such harmless causes of squeaky brakes include dusty and sandy conditions.

The dust can find its way onto the brake system and produce sound when subjected to friction.

If sand is the cause, there is nothing big to worry about.

Another cause of the high-pitched squeaking sound is incomplete workmanship by the brake pad manufacturer.

This usually happens when the brake disc is not properly engineered especially between the caliper and rotor.

The most common cause of squeaky brakes is worn out brake pads and rotors.

If they become too thin, they will start producing a high-pitch sound every time that you press the brake pedals.

Most brake pads have still that is embedded deep in the friction lining.

When the lining wears until it reaches the position of the spring, the squeaky sound will be produced.

The sound is as a result of contact between steel spring and brake rotor.

Rusty rotors tend to produce squeaky and unpleasant sound.

This is likely to happen if you leave your vehicle in conditions that can easily accelerate the rusting process.

So, what do you think is the cause of squeaking brakes on your vehicle?

Once you find the cause, start looking for ways to address it.

Chapter 2: Are Squeaking Brakes Dangerous?

While you may be concerned with the embarrassment from the squeaking brakes, you need to worry about your safety.

There are situations where the squeaking brake may compromise your road safety.

This is usually the case when the sound is produced as a result of thinning brake pad and brake disc.

If you continue ignoring this sound, you may end up being affected by the incidence of brake failure.

While there are cases when the screeching and squeaking may be harmless, this is not always the case.

If the  squeaking is accompanied by the following symptoms, know that it is a dangerous case:

-Your car travels for some distance before stopping. This happens even after you have pressed the brake pedal.

-The car pulls on one side when you brake

-The brake pedal vibrates constantly

-The brakes produce a grinding noise

-You see rusty films on the wheels

If you see these signs, consider getting an emergency brake service.

The signs are a clear indication of a physical and mechanical problem on the brake system.

Chapter 4: How Do I stop my Car from Squeaking?

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I want to stop by brake from squeaking what are some of the things that I should do?

Let’s stop the whining and focus on solutions.

One of the easiest solutions to stop the squeaking brake is to get rid of the dust.

Spray a brake cleaner on the brake rotor for the disc brake system and on the brake drum.

If the problem is with the brake pads, you already have the answer on what to do.

Replace the OEM brake pads with the aftermarket brake pads.

During the car brake repair, you may also focus on changing brake rotors.

Even when it comes to brake pad and rotor replacement, you should choose the ones that are of better quality than the OEM.

What if the squeaking was caused by rusty rotor?

Here you can take the vehicle to a mechanic for rotor resurfacing.

Chapter 5: I Changed My Brakes but they Still Squeaking: What Could be the Problem?

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As we have mentioned, one of the solutions to the squeaking brakes is replacing avid disc brake pads.

I have done that and the problem seems to persist.

What could be the issue?

The most probable cause for the persistent noise even after changing brake rotors or pads is dust.

Here we are referring to the dust that might have been stuck between the rotor and the brake caliper.

This dust will remain embedded between these brake parts.

As you step on the brake pedal, the dust will get heated and also be subjected to friction.

It will react by producing noise.

How do I solve the problem of dust coming from my new brake pads and rotors?

The most viable solution is to spray a brake cleaner on the surface between the caliper and brake rotor.

In order to access this section of the brake system, you will have to remove the tire.

There is also a way of preventing the accumulation of dust, especially during the brake rotor replacement.

Simply take the vehicle to the professional mechanic for the brakes and rotor services.

We are saying it is effective because a mechanic will spray a cleaner on the caliper and rotor so as to remove the dust.


So, next time you hear squeaking sound from your brake system, you don’t have to panic.

At least you now have some information on what the sound could mean.

It is advisable to take your car to a mechanic for further diagnosis.

From there a solution will definitely be found.

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