The here in Seattle the brakes are one of the major key components of your car. And, like any other component, the brakes are prone to wear and tear. Drivers may even notice a squealing sound especially with all the hills and moisture we have here in Seattle. So we’ll examine exactly what causes squeaky brakes, and whether you should be alarmed and have them serviced or repaired.
Some drivers notice squeaky brakes after an overnight rain spell. The water collects in the brake rotors, causing rust to form. When you activate the brakes, the pads scrape against the rust on the rotors. This causes the rust to transfer to the brake pad, causing the squealing. You may also notice a pulsation or thumping noise as you apply the brake pedal.
To help prevent rust formation here in Seattle, you could park the car indoors if you foresee damp weather, however it would be parked inside 9 months of the year.
2. Worn Brake Pads
The brake pads gradually begin to thin as the miles rack up. Most modern cars contain wear indicators, which you can locate on the brake pad backing. If the pad completely gives out, expect inefficient braking and a lot of metal-on-metal friction and grinding. Many European vehicles have electronic brake wear sensors built in the pads which will trigger a brake warning light.
3. Metal Inside the Brake Pads
Most brake pads contain small metal bits. The metal content is a lot higher in lower-grade pads. Larger bits may catch on the rotor and cause a high-pitched squeal. When replacing the pads, aim for high-quality material, such as fiber, resin, or Kevlar. These contain fewer metal shavings. At Chucks Auto Repair we have to use high quality parts since we offer a rare 24 Months or 24K Miles warranty on Parts and Labor.
4. Worn Drum Brakes
Older cars and some rear-wheel drive models still use drum brakes. In this instance, the squeaking is probably an indicator that the backing and shoe plates require lubrication. Also, rust can begin to form as the area dries up. Which is why we have to do a complete Brake Inspection on your vehicle to verify what the car or truck actually needs before we can give a price quote thats specific to the vehicle.
We Diagnose Squeaky Brakes and Grinding Brake Noises in Seattle
Brakes are not supposed to make squeaky noises all the time. Chuck’s Auto Repair can diagnose the underlying cause as part of a routine maintenance. We especially recommend addressing squeaky brakes before embarking on a road trip or lengthy commute.
Brake Diagnosis for all Car Models in Seattle
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