Squeaking Brakes: What to Do?
As you drive around Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores, the brakes work hard to keep you safe, so that you don’t get into a collision.While your brakes should be quiet, there may be a time when you hear a slight squeak. If so, what do you do? We’ll help you out with this guide to squeaking brakes.
Read through the information below, and feel free to contact BMW of Annapolis if you have any questions.
Why Do Brakes Squeak?
There are a number of different reasons why your brakes may be squeaking. So, it’s important to differentiate between when the noise is totally normal and when there may be an issue with your braking system.
Some situations that wouldn’t be a cause for concern are:
- Dust or sand getting into the brakes
- Extremely cold weather
- Snow or rain causing a layer of rust (which should go away after braking a few times)
However, your brakes may start to squeak once they wear down. When they get too thin, a small piece of metal will drag along the metal brake disc (aka, rotor), resulting in a high-pitched squeal. At that point, you’ll want to replace the brake pads before they damage the rotors.
How to Fix Squeaking Brakes
If the brake pads don’t need to be replaced, there are ways to silence the squeaking.
First, whenever you drive down a steep grade, you could always downshift to a lower gear. This is a good alternative to relying on the brakes, which would produce that squealing. You could maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, to avoid slamming on the brakes. You could also limit the load weight, so that there’s less pressure on the brakes.
Along with changing your driving habits, you might want to consider applying a milk spray, lotion, or cream to the back of the pads. Or, you could use sandpaper to sand off surface hardening from the brake pad.
Finally, you might want to think about getting new brake pads, as some types are more prone to squeaking than others.
Schedule Brake Service Today
As you can see, there are a variety of ways to fix squeaking brakes, from changing your driving habits to equipping your vehicle with a new type of brake pad.
If you hear any type of squeaking or squealing coming from the brakes, let the BMW service experts at BMW of Annapolis take a look at them. We’ll perform any necessary repairs or replacements, and have you back on the roads of Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores in silent brakes again in no time.