Protecting My Car

Troubleshooting Noisy Brakes

The brakes are one of the hardest working systems within your vehicle. They withstand constant pressure and friction to control the speed of your car, and if your brakes are not properly functioning, you are at a much higher risk of experiencing a collision. Understanding what some of the most common sounds that can indicate a failing brake system are can help you identify problems as soon as they appear, reducing the risk of harm to both yourself and your vehicle.

High-Pitched Squealing

Any sort of high-pitched screeching sound that comes from your tires when you apply the brakes can seem extremely serious. Fortunately, of the common sounds that can indicate a brake problem, this is both the most common and the least serious. Most modern brakes are installed with a thin strip of metal, called a wear strip, near the bottom of the pad. As the pad is worn away, the strip is exposed, eventually rubbing against the rotors and indicating to you that you should head to a mechanic straight away to have the pads replaced before they wear away completely. Keep in mind that, if you notice this sound immediately after having your brake pads replaced, it does indicate that they were installed improperly, and need to be fixed before they can cause damage to the rest of your brake system.

Repetitive Banging

If you notice a constant banging or bumping sound, the issue lies with your back brakes in particular. Once these brakes fall out of their groove, which can happen because of a collision or simply too long a period between inspections, allowing wear and tear to build up, your brakes will not be able to properly engage. This results in the repetitive noise that you hear as your tires continue to rotate without the brakes being fully deployed. Needless to say, this can also affect how responsive your brakes are, since your back set will not be fully deployed.


Another common sound that can come from your brakes after they have experienced a great deal of use is a deep grinding sound, which is the result of the thick metal of the calipers and the rotors meeting once the brake pad has completely or near completely worn away. This is a serious indication that you need to have your brake pads replaced and your calipers and rotors inspected. Excessive grinding can lead to distortion and cracking, which can cause your brakes to completely fail at some point in the future.

For more information, contact a company like Heritage Auto Pro today.