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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?


One of the most important safety components of your vehicle is the brakes. An array of intricate parts work together to provide your vehicle with expert stopping power, keeping you secure on the roads of Reading, Boston, and Malden, Massachusetts. However, due to all those many moving pieces, you may hear strange noises if your brakes need extra attention.

At Ira Honda 128, we’re here to answer the question “why are my breaks squeaking,” so you can better tend to your vehicle when needed. Then, you’ll know just when you need to schedule an appointment for brake repair at our service center! Let’s dive in.


Reasons Your Brakes are Squeaking

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  1. Worn Brake Pads: One of the most common culprits for squeaking brakes is the pads. Your vehicle’s brake pads work with the rotor to create enough friction when you hit the gas pedal, causing your wheels to stop turning.

However, if these pads are too thin or are starting to wear down, you’ll hear that pesky squeaking sound. To make sure you have enough power to stop your car, schedule an appointment for brake pad replacement right away.

  1. Dirty Rotors: If you drive in a highly dusty area or take your vehicle on off-roading excursions, dust, mud, and other debris can get on the surface of your rotors (as well as your brake pads). This can cause a squeaking noise as well! This also happens if your rotors have begun to rust.

When this happens, it’s smart to bring your vehicle to our service center. Our technicians will confirm whether this is the cause of the noise or not, and clean up or replace your rotors for you.

  1. Lack of Lubrication: Alongside the rotors and brake pads are your drum brakes—another important element of your braking system. These components need brake grease to limit friction, and when there isn’t enough lubrication, you may hear squeaking.

You can apply brake grease to the drums yourself, but be careful not to get any on the other components where friction is needed. Or skip the work and bring your model to our professionals for extra peace of mind.


Other Brake Noises to Watch For

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Squeaking isn’t the only alarming sound your brakes will emit if they need some extra TLC. Watch for these warning noises as well, and if you hear any, make sure to contact our service team as soon as possible.

  • Grinding: Everything from debris or rocks stuck in your braking system to excess moisture can cause your brakes to make a grinding noise. However, it could also be an indication of a larger issue. To find the root cause of this sound, meet with our service team.
  • Fading: Do your brakes sound not as hardy as they used to? Brake fading noises can happen when your system overheats or if you need new pads or rotors. Have your brakes assessed asap!
  • Vibration: If your brakes are making a vibrating or rattling sound, it’s likely a warped rotor. One of our certified technicians can replace your rotors for you, giving you a smoother commute.

Have a Noise-Free Drive with Help From Ira Honda 128

Whether your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or just sounding a bit off, turn to the professional certified technicians in our state-of-the-art service center. Drivers in the Reading, Boston, and Malden, MA, region can schedule their appointment today!


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