Brakes

Your Squealing Brakes Are Trying to Tell You Something

Let’s just get this out in the open right now: Your brakes should never squeal. If they squeal constantly, there is something wrong. Lucas Auto Care would be happy to inspect your brakes to find out why they are making sounds, and it’s a good idea to get a brake inspection every 12,000 miles anyway. Let’s talk about why brakes squeal because one of these reasons is likely the culprit for your noisy brakes.

They’re Wet

We get a lot of rain here in Cypress, Texas, and the wet roads can make your brakes squeal temporarily. If your brakes keep squealing after they have dried out, however, there’s something else going on. Usually, even if it’s raining, once the brakes warm up, they should stop squealing. If they don’t, swing by our shop so we can inspect the brakes quickly to make sure nothing is wrong.

The Brake Pads Are Worn

One common reason why the brakes squeal constantly is that the brake pads are worn. Brake pads have indicators that not only make noise but also turn on a wear indicator light if your vehicle’s dashboard has one. If it is the pad indicator, your brakes will make squealing sounds while you are driving and quiet down once you step on the brake pedal. It’s important to understand, though, that the brake pads may squeal constantly if they’re worn.

They’re Overheating

Overheating brakes squeal and smell hot. The reason why the hot brakes make such noise is that the brake pads have smoothed out and so have the rotors. This is called “glazing.” When this happens, your ability to brake is severely compromised. In fact, if the brakes get hot enough, you could actually lose your ability to slow down and stop your car. Don’t keep driving if your brakes are overheating.

The Rotor Surface Is Bad

Brake rotors need to be resurfaced about every 60,000 miles. The brake pads press up against the rotors to create the kinetic energy that your European automobile needs to slow down and stop. Over time, and after millions of revolutions, the rotor surfaces get warped and must be re-cut. If the rotor surfaces are bad, your brakes will squeal.

Lucas Auto Care believes in hard work and customer service. We are the best auto repair shop in Cypress, TX, because we are dedicated to you and your automobile. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection for your European beauty.

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