As you're driving along the roads of Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island and you pull up to a stop sign, you may have noticed it: that unmistakable sound of squeaking brakes. Wondering what to do when your brakes are squealing? At Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head, we have the answer. 

Squeaking brakes have many causes, each with different solutions. We'll walk you through the common ones, so you know what do when they happen to you. 

Morning Squeak

Brake Pedal

This type of squeaking is named for the time you're most likely to notice it. If you leave your car out in the driveway or on the street overnight, moisture from overnight rain or dew can condense on the rotors and cause rust.

In this case, the squealing you hear when you brake is simply the result of the brake pads rubbing against the rotors and removing that layer of rust. It's harmless, requires no service, and the noise should go away after a few brake applications. If it doesn't, you may have one of the problems below….

Brake Wear Indicator Squeak

Many brake pads these days are equipped with a metal brake pad wear indicator clip near the base of the pads' frictional material. When your brakes get too thin, this indicator clip will be exposed and rub against the metal rotors, emitting a squeaking sound. 

When this happens, you should have your brake pads replaced ASAP. You can visually confirm that this is indeed the problem by looking at your pads through the wheels. If the pads are less than a quarter-inch thick, it's time to replace them, regardless. If you would like more information on the wear and tear of brake pads, check out our article on how long brake pads last

Glazed Pads and/or Rotors

Sometimes, the brake calipers can stick and leave the brake partially applied. If this happens, the pad is in constant contact with the rotor. The friction and heat this produces can cause the pads and rotors to glaze over, at which point they'll start to squeal whenever they make full contact.

If this is the cause of your squeaking, you'll need to have your brake pads replaced and your rotors either resurfaced or replaced. 

Broken Anti-Rattle Clips 

Brake Pad

Your brake pads are held in place on the calipers by pad stays and anti-rattle clips. The latter device helps keep the pad from vibrating or rattling when the brake is applied, and the pads make contact with rotors. If these clips are worn out or broken, you'll hear squealing. You'll need to have them replaced.

Schedule Brake Repair with Us!

We hope this guide gives you a clearer picture of what to do for squeaking brakes. Generally speaking, it's smart to look at the brake pads first, as they're often at the root of (or related to) whatever is causing the brake squeaking.

If you want the experts to inspect your brakes, you can schedule brake repair service at the service center at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Hilton Head. We'll make sure your brakes are in excellent shape for the roads of Bluffton, Hardeeville, and Hilton Head Island! 

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