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What to do when your car brakes are squealing

By Jakob Jelling

Brake squealing is a very common problem which might not only affect your car but it might also end up giving you headaches each time you drive. Although most of the times brake squealing is due to the brake pad, there are several other reasons which might cause the problem and you should start by finding out what it is in order to be able to fix it.

One of the problems that might cause brakes to squeal is an excessive break pad wear. Also some pad materials can cause the brake to squeal more, such as carbon metallic for example, and in these cases you should change the pad for another one and the brake squealing would be over.

But, there are some other problems that can cause brakes to squeal that might be more complex and not so easy o fix. Among these problems we can find misaligned calipers, loose calipers, pads incorrectly sized, glazed rotors, glazed pads and warped rotors among others. If you find out that your brake pads are correctly and the brakes squealing is not caused by that you should consult a mechanic unless you are able to find which other problem could be the cause.

If you wish to check your brake pads in order to find out if they are where brake squealing comes from, you should start by visually checking them in order to notice if they show equal wear and do not look broken in any way. If the pads show an unequal wear or show excessive wear then it is time to change them.

If your car brakes are squealing and you also hear other noises such as clunky noises along with the squealing, you should consult a mechanic as fast as possible since it could mean that there is a generalized problem in the braking system. Besides this, you should also have into account that there are some other ways in which to reduce the brakes squealing. One way is by installing brake pad vibration damper pads which are meant for this problem and would be very helpful reducing the noise.