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Squealing Brakes Are a Sign of Brake Trouble

Do your brakes squeal all the time? If so, there may be something wrong with the brake system. Mark’s Auto Service can inspect your vehicle’s brakes to find out why they make noise when you slow down and stop. There are common reasons why brakes squeal all the time. Here are those reasons.

The Anti-Rattle Clips Are Broken

Anti-rattle clips are used to attach the brake pads to the calipers. They are also used to hold the brake pad stays in place. Without the anti-rattle clips, the brake pads and pad stays will shimmy when you brake and this will make them squeal. If you have a broken clip or clips, this could be the reason why you hear brake noise all the time. Once we replace the broken clips, the noise should stop.

It’s Time to Replace the Brake Pads

Sometimes, the brake pads will squeal when it’s time to replace them. This is because the pads have a sensor embedded in them that is designed to make noise. This sensor will also turn on the low pad indicator warning light or brake light on your dashboard. This lets you know that the brake pads have 1/4-inch of their surface left and it is time for new pads.

The Brake System Is Overheating

When the brakes get too hot, they will squeal. This can make driving your automobile dangerous. Overheated brakes make it difficult if not impossible to stop. Consequently, if your brake system is overheating, you will not only hear your brakes squeal but might also end up in a panic situation. If the brakes smell hot, pull over and stop driving your automobile.

The Pad Insulation Is Missing

If you just had your brake pads replaced and they started squealing after the service, it sounds as if the technician did not replace the pad insulation at the same time. Brake pad insulation prevents the brake pads from squealing. As such, the insulation needs to be changed when the brake pads are changed.

The Rotor Surfaces Are Smooth

Finally, after thousands of rotations, your rotor surfaces may have smoothed out. These surfaces are cut so that they generate friction when the brake pads press against them. To prevent your brakes from squealing, schedule an appointment for a rotor surface recut every 60,000 miles.

Mark’s Auto Service can help you in Rockford, IL, and in Loves Park, IL, at either of our two auto service shops. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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