Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Updated on May 29, 2019
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Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

Do Your Brakes Squeak?

Any squeak in your vehicle can be annoying, especially if it continues to get worse. Here are four common types of squeaks that come from the brakes—problems that come through the shop everyday—plus a fifth (bonus) brake noise, a scraping noise. I hope I can help you understand what's causing your brakes to squeak.

Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Disc Brakes
Drum Brakes
Morning squeak from overnight rain, dew, or condensation moisture.
Rear drum brake squeaks when shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication.
Thinning brake pads set off brake wear indicator squeak.
Cheap brake pads with high metal content.

Two Types of Brakes

To make this discussion clearer, I'll tell you that there are two types of brakes.

  • Most brakes today are disc brakes, where a pad presses against a disc or rotor to stop the car. The first three squeaks described here come from disc brakes.
  • Many cars have drum brakes on the back wheels, where a curved “shoe” presses against a hollow drum to stop the car. The last squeak here is made by drum brakes.

1. Disc Brakes Squeak After Car Sits Overnight

Most brakes squeak after sitting overnight. This is usually due to moisture from rain, dew, or condensation that collects on the surface of the rotors.

When moisture collects on the brake rotors, it causes a thin layer of rust to form on the rotor surface. As the rotor turns, the pads scrape the rust off the rotors, and then the rust gets caught on the leading edge of the brake pad. These fine particles of rust then get embedded into the leading edge of the pad and cause a squeak.

The only way to prevent this type of squeak is to garage your vehicle or store it in a climate-controlled environment. Rust on the rotors can also cause pad impressions on rotors, which in turn, cause a thumping noise or brake pulsation.

Rust Embedded in a Rotor

This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads.
This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads. | Source
The same rotor, close up;  you can see the rust  embedded in the metal.
The same rotor, close up; you can see the rust embedded in the metal. | Source

Noise From Rusty Rotors

2. Thinning Brake Pads

The brake-wear indicator is another common cause of brake squeak. This sound starts when the brake pads are almost worn out and getting extremely thin. It’s a very effective warning that the brake pads are almost used up and need to be replaced.

The wear indicators are little metal tabs made of hardened steel. The manufacturers attach wear indicators in different ways: welding them on, using a rivet, or using a push-on clip attached to the edge of the brake-pad backing. These steel tabs are designed to hit the rotor before the brake pad totally wears out, warning the driver that the pad material is getting very thin and is about to create a metal-to-metal situation. You don’t want to get to that point because it means ineffective braking, and metal grinding and scratching on the rotor can damage the rotor’s smooth surface.

Wear Indicator Noise While Driving; Step on the Brakes and the Squeak Stops

3. High Metal Content in Brake Pads

Brake pads normally contain bits of metal, but some cheap brake pads are manufactured with very high metal content. They have large chunks of metal pressed into the pad material. These large pieces of metal drag on the rotor and cause a high pitched brake squeak.

Since brake pads sometimes can last between 30,000 to 40,000 miles, you'll have to listen to this annoying sound for months. This is one reason to spend a few extra bucks on quality brake pads. Another reason, of course, is that your brakes stop the car and quality helps. Don’t let twenty dollars stand between you and an accident that could end up costing you a lot more money.

To minimize squeaks from your brake pads, use brake pads with a high content of organic brake material (resin, rubber, Kevlar, fiber, or what-have-you). More organic brake material means fewer metal shavings in the brake pad, less squeaking, and less metal dust on your wheels. Metal particles in brake dust can discolor chrome or aluminum wheels.

This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material.  Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak.
This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material. Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak. | Source

When A Car Makes A Rumbling Noise and Shakes While Driving

4. Drum Brakes That Need Lubrication

Have you ever heard a squeak from the rear brakes after pushing on the brake pedal? This is a sure sign that the shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication. If these contact points lose lubrication, the metal will begin to rust. Once this happens the shoes will scrape against the backing plate, causing a rhythmic squeaking noise with the rotation of the wheels. Most new vehicles have disc brakes on all four wheels, but drum brakes are still used on the rear wheels of some cars.

The best way to prevent this noise, or to repair it, is to keep the contact points lubricated, either with a high-temperature anti-seize compound or a lube called Moly Paste 60. You use it on the back of brake pads and on all brake pad/shoe contact points, not on the brake pad or shoe surfaces themselves.

If you're looking for a lube to use on the caliper slide pins, use a Hi-Temp Wheel Bearing Grease like Amalie. If you use high quality products when doing your brake jobs, the time spent doing the job will be well worth it. In the long run, you'll have longer-lasting brakes with no headaches.

Honda HN 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)
Honda HN 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)

Moly Paste 60 is manufactured specifically for brakes, and will not melt or wash away. It comes in a small squeeze packet with all genuine Honda brake pad sets. I have used this for over 29 years on all my brake jobs, and it truly stops brakes from squeaking.

 

Where to Lube Squeaking Drum Brakes

Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak.
Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak. | Source
More contact points to lube on drum brakes.
More contact points to lube on drum brakes. | Source

Rusted Drum Brakes

Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated.
Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated. | Source

Bonus Noise: Scraping From Plate or Rock Hitting Rotor

Scraping Noise From Wheel While Driving

What Causes Brake Noise

More on Brakes by Eddie Carrara

Give Me Your Feedback!

As always, leave me your feedback and comments. All questions are welcome, and no question is stupid. Describe your problem the best you can, and sooner or later we will reach a conclusion and come up with a solution.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • My brake squeaks at very low speeds, between 2-5 mph when applying my brakes. But at higher speeds, I have no problem and no squeaks. What could this be?

    It could be caused by the type of brake pad installed in your vehicle. Have you had the brakes replaced recently? Do you know if you have OEM (factory) brake pads?

  • When I let my car sit, and I start my car every day there is a squealing noise and a little grinding when I start driving and apply the brakes. I have had multiple mechanics look at it, and they say there is nothing wrong. I have a 2017 Hyundai Accent; I think it might be my front rotors or a caliper sticking, what should I do if the problem continues?

    Anytime a vehicle sits for a few days the rotor will start to form a light coat of rust on the surface. The think coat of rust will cause a slight grinding noise and squealing noise when applying the brakes the first couple of times until the rust wears off.

  • My breaks pads are only three years old and I don't travel far at all. Any idea why I'm getting a squeaking noise only when hard breaking?

    Sometimes brake pads form a glaze on the pad surface when used for light braking; this sounds like it may be your issue as well.

  • I had my rear brakes recently replaced on my chevy cavalier due to a wa, wa, wa noise when I came to a stop. It got better at first, but I'm hearing the noise again. Is this a brake problem, or something else?

    If the noise changed after the brake work was complete then most likely it has something to do with the brakes. I recommend having the same mechanic check their work and advise you on what is happening.

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      Kristen 

      4 hours ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2011 Dodge Charger that makes a high pitched sqeaking noise when stopping, but only at low speeds. It seems to be coming from the front and there aren’t any other problems like grinding. The car still is stopping normally. It just started, could the brakes already be worn to the rotars?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 days ago from New Hampshire

      Yes Arashtrip, a second opinion is a very good idea. Keep me posted on what they find, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      arashtrip 

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Eddie. Now after couple of days and after they cleaned and greased the pads, the noise has been reduced but it is still there. So it seems it is somehow related to the brakes. as you said I myself think something is loose there as it is very random and intermittent. Based on your reply to another person I think a very careful mechanic should see it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arashtrip,

      It would see to me that there is something else going on here like maybe an anti-rattle clip is touching the rotor or maybe something is caught between the rotor and backing plate. I have never heard that Lexus brakes are noisy, and not one of my 3 Lexuses brakes are noisy so I'm not sure that those rumors are true.

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      arashtrip 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi

      Lexus IS300h 2014

      Since last year, I've notice chirping random noises from the rear even at high speeds. Dealer told me that the brake pads stuck in the career and so they removed cleaned and greased them. but the noise came back after an hour. It seems that the brake pads are the problem but I do not understand why even at higher speeds I can hear it. I've heard that the lexus pads are noisy

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakota,

      Most likely one of the anti-rattle clips is not centered properly and is touching the rotor. I recommend you take it back so the mechanic can double-check their work, and don't forget to ask the tech to go on a road test after the repair to be certain the noise is gone. Keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marie,

      Now it's been 6 days and it's probably still squeaking? I recommend you take it back so they can check the rotor backing plates, it's very common for a mechanic to bend them against the rotor during a tire rotation. Let me know what you find, thanks, and sorry for the late reply.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mgndtr,

      I think the vibration is just a tire balance, so I recommend you start with balancing the tire first. The high pitched noise that disappears when applying the brakes is most likely the brake pad wear indicator warning you the brakes are low and need to be replaced so have the brakes checked when you have the tires balanced. The rumbling is either warped rotors or just your brake pads making noise because there's no braking material left. keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Marie 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi! I just had my tires rotated and it is now making a squeaking noise when stopping. They said it is because of rust and will go away. I'm a worried about this as it has been 2 days and the front brakes still squeak

      How long does it take to stop squeaking?

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      Mgndtr061019 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello Eddie, I have a 2009 Nissan Altima S and my car shakes in steering wheel after hitting 60mph and I've been hearing a high pitched clicking and whistling sound coming from the rear when it's being driven straight. The noise stops once brakes are applied but when coming to a stop it makes a rumble feeling in the floor board almost as if tire went flat when it didn't. Any idea what this could be and if it's dangerous or okay to still drive with my kids in the car?

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      Romeo 

      5 weeks ago

      Toyota Corolla 2014

      Put genuine brakes after 20,000 Kms it’s making very heavy squeak sound only when I put the brakes on(like metal to metal noise)

      It goes away when the brakes cool down but comes back on when they heat up.

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      Nazirul 

      7 weeks ago

      Hand brake squeaking on the rear wheels when parked, i use brake disc

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jonathan,

      The tow shouldn't have done anything to the front brakes. The parking brake is in the rear? Did they tow if with the rear wheels on the ground or flatbed it?

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      Jonathan 

      2 months ago

      Awesome article and site! Added to my favorites! My car was towed the other night from a no parking zone and the parking brake was still on. Now the front brakes are squealing. When I'm braking. Is it the pads or the parking boots? I was looking online and was hoping to atleast have an idea of how much I'll be spending to get things repaired and back to normal. Its a 2011 Lexus IS250

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      When do you hear the squeak? What are the conditions? Is it consistent?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Susan,

      Sometimes brake pad shims and anti-rattle clips become dislodged or out of place, especially the junk aftermarket glue on the brake pad shims, once the glue heats up the shims shift and contact the rotor. It will take a seasoned mechanic to find the noise, someone who is willing to look for things touching, rub marks, shiny parts that show signs of wear, etc. Most mechanics do a quick check and don't take the time to look for obvious signs causing the noise. I believe something is intermittently touching the rotor, you just need to find out what. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Susan02038 

      2 months ago

      Great info on your site! Subaru Forester, 2014, 55K miles. Rear brakes done a year ago at local tire company; front brakes done at dealer in April after a noise developed. To my ear, the "squeak" comes from right front wheel - not when braking, but when I take my foot OFF the brake - it is worse when turning to the right. Sometimes I hear it even when moving straight ahead. Due to normal road noise and windows being closed once over 40 mph or so, then I don't hear it. Both shops have told me "nothing wrong" except the dealer told me in June (when I took it back after the noise continued!) "oh, the rear brake job didn't use OEM materials - it's their fault." I have listened to all of your excellent videos and no longer think it's the caliper as it's INTERMITTENT, not constant. There are days when i do NOT hear it at all. Although I know that I am not crazy (!! HA!!) I am worried that we're taking a 1,200 mile road trip in two weeks! Taking it back to dealer tomorrow. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abdul,

      I recommend you have the brakes checked thoroughly, inner and outer pads to be sure what you're hearing isn't the brake pad wear indicator.

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      abdul tach 

      3 months ago

      squeak.noise front wheel nissan rough 2016 when back and froth what i should do thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cory,

      Did you lube all pad to caliper contact points with anti-squeak lube or moly paste?

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      Cory 

      3 months ago

      Hello. I just changed my brake pads and rotors on my 14 f150 and they squeal every now and then. Speeds don’t matter, but usually at 60/70 km’s. Replaced all the clips with brand new ones and can’t understand where the noise is coming from... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Caroline,

      If the noise continues I recommend getting it checked just to be safe.

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      Caroline 

      3 months ago

      Hi,

      I got new brake pads fit 3 months ago and about 2 months later I started hearing the brakes screech when I start to drive off and they stop screeching once I have driven for a few minutes. Is this normal for brake pads to wear in or will it need to be looked at?

      Thanks,

      Caroline

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Debbie,

      It's would be a good idea to have someone check the brakes and give you their opinion. If I were close by, I would check them for you myself :)

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      Debbie 

      4 months ago

      Hi my car is making the noise of the indicator rubbing onto the rotar. Can I drive my car until Sunday. It is now Tuesday. Thanks deb

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeremy,

      Sometime new rotors will make odd noises because of the cut pattern on the surface but the vehicle should stop normal. CV joints will not cause this type of issue. Make sure the brake line is not kinked or twisted on that side because this would cause a restriction in the brake system.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, it's possible you have some debris caught between the rotor and the backing plate or the mechanic may have bent it when performing the brake job.

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      Karen 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I had my rear brakes done. I have noticed a metal screeching sound when I go over bumps coming from driver rear tire. First thought it may be heat shield, but removed and still making the noise. Could it be the backing plate?

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      Jeremy Volker 

      4 months ago

      I have a 97 dodge grand caravan 3.3 liter. I have replaced the whole drivers side brake assembly. When i slow down to stop at about 5 to 10 mph i hear something like a grinding noise and then like a wining noise. Its like the vehicle wont stop almost. I know the cv joint is going bad. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem

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      Julie England 

      6 months ago

      Hi I have an 06 hummer h3 3.5. It has new tie rods, stabilizer bars, front shocks, new drivers side front caliper.

      After replacing break line rubber hose and brake line on passenger side I started getting a light constant grinding sound on drivers side front and a random high pitch squeal when I apply my breaks. What could be causing this?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Isobel,

      I recommend you get them checked asap before the pads are metal to metal and be sure to have the mechanic check the inner pads, that is where the wear indicator is located.

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      Isobel 

      7 months ago

      My brakes are making a squeaking noise when I reverse

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christina,

      Thank you for leaving such a great comment, I'll be here when you need me :)

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      Christina Singleton 

      7 months ago

      Wow!! Thank you so much for an abundance of info regarding noises and brakes. Your a rare GEM and I shall come here again when I have issues with my car. Thank you so very much!!

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      Navaneeth 

      8 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      When there is Snow at night the next morning I got squeak sound while I am breaking. So I replaced the front brake pads. But I had the same problem again due to moisture I guess. The brakes are working properly If there is no snow or rain. I cannot keep my car in Climate-Controlled environment. What is your advice?

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      Aspen 

      8 months ago

      Hi when I press the brake pedal the car takes too much time to stop. I can't hear any squeaky sound

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Changkyu,

      The only thing I can recommend you do is install original equipment Toyota brake pads. It will most likely fix your issue.

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      changkyu 

      9 months ago

      hi, I have done new rear brake job done at local repair shop about 2 months ago on my Toyota sienna 2012. soon after I hear metal squeaking sounds in the morning and now the sounds got worse. I live in Syracuse and weather here is frequent rain or snow. I saw your article about this issue. the shop say it is due to moisture build up and got nothing to do with recent brakes replacement. but the timing of it is that it started happened soon after I got new brake done from this local shop. how can I go by in situation like this.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brandon,

      Your mechanic can try sanding the leading edge on each of the brake shoes or if they used aftermarket brake shoes, they can try using OEM parts. Hope this helps.

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      Brandon 

      10 months ago

      Hi Eddie, my rear drum brakes have been making this low squealing sound whenever I was coming to a stop. The rotor and the shoes are all changed recently. Had gotten it to my mechanics for checking a few times but after a few days.. The sounds reappeared. Please advice.

      Many thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Buessa,

      Check out my other article for more information https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/How-to-Replace-...

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      Buessa 

      10 months ago

      How to Replace Honda accord 2015 Back Brake Pads

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sharon, let me know if you have any automotive questions :)

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      Sharon 

      10 months ago from New York

      Very useful article. Thank you for sharing

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      I recommend checking the inner pad thickness, it's possible you're hearing the brake pad wear indicator. If the pads look ok, check for any signs of the shim or debris hitting the rotor, it will usually leave a rub mark or a shiny spot on the rotor.

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      Richard Parr 

      11 months ago from Australia

      Hi. My rear wheel squeaks at slow speed but stops as soon as I apply the brake, and starts again as soon as I release them. Have disc brakes, with drum handbrake that was recently re-shoed. Any ideas?

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      Ken 

      11 months ago

      My brakes are squeaking and it has been going on for quite sometime but I had both my rotors and brakes pads changed. They were still squeaking once I got them changed but I figured they would sine they were new but they never stopped. How do I know if it's the front or rear brakes?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Missy,

      If you ever have a question I'll be right here :)

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      Missy 

      12 months ago

      OMG, you are great! I am always going to the mechanic and trying to mimic the noise my car is making, fell like an idiot. Now I can go there and tell them what the noise sounds like ie: wear indicator tab !! Really helps to hear it here first !

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Janise,

      It sounds like your ABS system is activating sometimes, possibly a faulty ABS wheel speed sensor?

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      janise_hayden@yahoo.com 

      12 months ago

      sometimes when I step on the brake it will make a weird sound and the brake will go down a little and then come back up

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rick,

      Brakes can wear prematurely so time is not a factor. I thing your wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor and causing the noise. I recommend checking all your brake pads, inside and out side pads, inner pads are hard to see so it best to remove them and inspect them. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      rickrick 

      12 months ago

      I am getting intermittent squeaking when I take a right turn or when I go straight and the road is bending a little to the right. doesn't make a sound when I apply the breaks or stopping. also, high-speed highway breaking my steering wheel gets a lot of shake, but not at mid to lower speeds.

      I had my breaks changed about 1.5 years ago so they should still be ok. I drive a Toyota van. I don't know if it is a break issue, wheel balance, axle problem, or something else. thanks in advance for your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wanzoot,

      The emergency brake is not used like a normal brake so you will hear some abnormal noises when applying it and when disengaging it. The jerkingly also be normal, when a vehicles transmission is put into drive or reverse, you will hear some noise from the strain on the drivetrain, there are several hundred moving parts activated at this time and they will make some jerking noise. If you think this may be a problem, I recommend you bring it to a Volvo dealer and take a mechanic for a ride to verify the issue.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      I recommend you bring it back to the mechanic so they can check their workmanship. The wheel should not be chirping when the car isn't even moving lol.

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      Barbara Meyer 

      12 months ago

      I recently had new pads rotors and a new caliper on my drivers side rear tire. Now while parked and still after 4 hours sitting that wheel is chirping. What could cause this?

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      wanzoot 

      12 months ago

      i have a 2011 volvo s60 auto tranmission.. 1. recently when i applied my emergency brake/ hill assist brake (push/pull type) i frequently heard a loud squeaking noise, maybe coming from the front (not sure about this). my pedal brake however works fine, no sound when applying the brake. 2. sometimes when i change from N to D, i will hear a jerking sound but i can only hear it when i roll down the window or when i listen to it very carefully. i would appreciate if someone can share to me what causing this.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      I think one of your caliper anti rattle clips is touching the rotor after the car has been driven and parts are hot. I recommend closely inspecting all the clips in the area where you hear the noise.

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      Dave 

      13 months ago

      Additional info from below post. Now they think it is the brake/dust plate rubbing. Mechanic played around with plate and now more of a rubbing sound as opposed to squeaking. Does this when breaking to stop or foot on gas after stop. Also when turning at low speed. Usually doesn't start until car has been traveling for awhile

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      Dave 

      13 months ago

      Had back rotors replaced on 2008 Hyundai Azera. Now there is a intermittent squeaking sound from right rear wheel. Brake pads not changed as they were at 1/2 worn. mechanic took apart and put back together, Still making sound. Now suggested new e-brake kit. Was not making noise before new rotors put on. Any ideas?

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      George 

      13 months ago

      I have a 2004 chevy tahoe, just recently this started, when I am driving and even slightly turn to the right I get a high pitched squeeling sound coming from front left, I have put new front pads on and still making sound could it be from rotor

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      Eddie Carrara 

      15 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dana,

      Did they use aftermarket brake pads or factory?

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      dana 

      15 months ago

      I have a 2003 ford explorer and just got my brakes done yesterday, they weren't squeaking before they change them but I was getting my car inspected so why not change the brakes. well, needless to say they're squeaking now

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      Eddie Carrara 

      15 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trena,

      It's possible, but it may be a sticking caliper or something totally unrelated. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic so they can check the noise. If the mechanic is reputable they should stand by their work. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Trena 

      15 months ago

      If I took my car to a reputable mechanic to replace my breaks and NOT even 5,000 miles later I'm hearing the squeaking noise such as the low break indicator, is it possible this mechanic used use parts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irel,

      Is there another VW dealer near you to get a second opinion? That is not the correct answer to tell a new car owner! You could have someone try sanding the leading edges of the brake pads and see if that reduces the noise or you could also remove the brake pads and apply brake lube to all the brake pad caliper contact points, that may help as well. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      Did you use aftermarket pads or hem pads? Sometimes the anti rattle clips can touch the rotor when they are not centered properly, also make sure you have brake lube on all the contact points on the brake pads, so anywhere the brake pad backer contacts the caliper needs to have brake lube to stop any squeaking.

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      Ktown64 

      16 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2011 Chevy impala. I replaced my rear brake pads a couple weeks ago. One of the calipers on the drivers side seized up and I had to replace that as well. Now I hear a squeaking sound when I break coming from the rear drivers side. I am curious as to your thoughts on what it may be. Any info is appreciated. -Chris

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      Irel 

      16 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2017 Passat that makes a squeaky noise when applying the brake at low speeds gently. This is especially annoying in rush hour traffic. It's a new vehicle. I'm the only owner. 12K on the vehicle. VW dealer near my house tells me it's common on VW cars. That it won't go away. Is this true? Do you know what I can do to make that noise disappear or diminish as much as possible?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cari,

      If the brakes didn't make this noise with OEM pads then I would have to say it's the aftermarket pads causing your issue. I recommend going back to OEM pads and clean your wheel more often. I know you don't want to hear that but it makes the most sense.

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      Cari 

      17 months ago

      I have a 2016 Jeep Grand Jerokee SRT with 15000 miles that I put after market carbon fiber brakes to control brake dust. The brakes are squeaking when I am in reverse. Do you know why & what I should do? It’s super annoying!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Naomi,

      There are a few things that could be the problem.

      1. there is a small rock or debris like rust between the rotor and backing plate.

      2. There is a anti rattle clip not installed correctly and is touching the rotor causing the noise.

      3. The rotor backing plate is bent from the last repair and is touching the rotor causing the noise.

      Don't let them talk you into paying for this visit, this one should be for free :)

      Keep me posted on what they say, thanks.

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      Naomi Fields 

      17 months ago

      We have a 2010 Honda Pilot. We had rotors and brakes done 3/2017. We had to take back 10/2017 as there was some pulsation when applying brakes. They resurfaced some high spots on the rotors staring it was how the were shelved at warehouse causing them to warp. We now have squealing while driving and braking. What should we be expecting when we take it back for the 3rd time?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      17 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Andrea,

      If you have questions about what the mechanic says, just come back and ask, I don't usually answer instantly but within a day or two :)

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      Andrea 

      17 months ago

      This was hugely helpful - I really cannot thank you enough!!. As a single mother this information is priceless because at least I know what to say to the mechanic when I get there and don't sound like an idiot. I really appreciate you taking the time to make this.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Derek, I appreciate the feedback :)

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      Derek Maven 

      18 months ago

      Very insightful.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lori,

      Sometimes the brake material is the cause of the squeaking, it's very possible your brakes have plenty of brake material but the squeak will remain until you replace the pads with OEM equipment/pads.

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      LoriAdair 

      18 months ago

      Good morning. We have a 2005 Chevy Silverado. Back in July 2017, we had our mechanic check out the brakes. They changed the back brakes, and about 3 months ago they began squealing when we first put the truck in gear. It stops after we begin going 10 mph and higher. Took it back in and they said it needed readjusting. They worked fine for about a week, and the squealing began again. We took it to Four Corners Tire and they did the same thing - readjusted them - and the squealing came back about a week later. Everyone says our brakes are in good shape. What is going on?

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      Buddha 

      19 months ago

      Thanks Eddie. Upon the inspection by the dealer, I was informed that the rear drum and shoe will have to be replaced. It may have been coincidence but I decided to not replace them at this moment. It is odd that the squeaky noise does not come when applying brakes but come on when releasing it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Buddha,

      It sounds like you have drum brakes in the rear. I think what you are hearing is the rear brake shoes moving against the backing plate and the lubrications has worn off. The fix is to have a mechanic lubricate the brake shoe / backing plate contact point. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Buddha 

      19 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I had Toyota dealer replace brake fluid and power steering fluid in my 2002 Camry today. When I picked up my car, I noticed squeaking noise coming out of rear when releasing brake. This does not happen when pressing the brake. The squeaking noise comes when releasing brake regardless of vehicle in parking state or driving state. Would you happen to know what might be causing this issue?

      Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ken,

      It should have no effect on your brakes unless you are spraying them with some kind of wheel cleaner and it's getting on the brake pads.

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      Ken 

      20 months ago

      How does the drive threw car washes affect your brakes ? If you wash daily?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hallni,

      If it is in fact a clip it can most likely be bent out of the way or trimmed, you'll just need to find out what exactly is causing the noise. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      It's unlikely the mechanic did anything intentionally to cause your brake squeak, but it is possible the mechanic bent the rotor backing plat when removing the wheels and now it is touching the rotor causing a noise. I recommend bringing it back so the mechanic so they can check their work and find the cause.

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      Michael Jorgensen 

      20 months ago

      Dealer rotated tires on my 2013 Cadillac XTS and know the brakes squeaking

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      Hallni1212 

      20 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a high pitched squealing noise coming from my front driver side tire. It’s worst after it warms up from driving and I am going slower speeds, usually it goes away around 40mph. My father in law looked at it and said a clip was broken and not to worry about it but it’s driving me insane. Is this something easily fixed? Can you replace just a clip? We just bought the car but the brakes were done fairly recently before we bought it. Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi jeffly,

      Yes, it's possible new pads will make a difference, the only way to know for sure is to try :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sue,

      Yes the water on the rotors could have been the noise, it is very common for brakes to make this type of noise when extremely wet. Hope this helps :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andrew,

      Sometime aftermarket brake pads can make these types of noises, so it is possible for the pads to be the problem.

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      Andrew 

      20 months ago

      My car brake starts to squeal when i press the pedal ONLY after i drove it for 10 minutes or 3 miles. I replaced the rear pad 2k miles ago and front pad 8k miles ago (the front pad still looks thick).

      My nearby mechanic says it might be cheap brake pad that gets hard while hot (because only squeal after use). Is this possible? Or he just trying to make me replace the pad. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thanks before

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      Sue 

      20 months ago from Seattle, WA

      My Chevy Equinox just made a horrible noise as I drove slowly down the steep part of my driveway with my brakes on. The noise came from the right front tire area and I thought I had scraped the side of the rockery along side the road. The sound stopped when I stopped completely or took my foot off the brake. The noise was not a squeal but much deeper a tugboat whistle. I checked to see the damage but everything looked fine. My car did sit outside in pouring cold (Seattle) rain overnight. I had to pick up grandkids from school...car idled for about 20 minutes. When I returned I drove up the driveway to see if the noise returned when I repeated the drive down...it did not. Could this simply be due to rain? I have only owned the car for 4 months. (Used 2015 LTZ 32K miles)). I have had other issues with the car but nothing like this horrible sound!! Any thoughts for a 65 year old grandma?

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      Jeffly 

      20 months ago

      My wife's Cadillac will squeal like a banchee when backing out the driveway in the morning , but otherwise is fine the rest of the day. Would switching to a superior brake pad help with this?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Phil,

      Did you lube all the contact points and slides on the calipers and pads? Sometimes lake of lubrication is the cause of low-speed squeaks.

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      Phillip 

      20 months ago

      Just replaced my pads and rotors on my 2007 Chevy Tahoe. Driver side front brake is making a slight squeal at low speeds, but is fine otherwise. I have made adjustments to the anti-rattle clips thinking this was the cause, but the squeal is still there. Any idea as to what the issue could be?

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      David 

      21 months ago

      I have had some one bump into my car when I was picking my daughter up and didn't see who or what did it just noticed my wing mirror was down the road and scraps on my car and now when I press my brakes the indicators glow and my fog light icon shows any ideas on how to fix this

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      Pauline 

      21 months ago

      I have a knocking noise ,like knock knock knock when I brake & when turning corners. Not while driving. Live in humid Florida. No Noise when weather is cooler.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      21 months ago from New Hampshire

      I'm not really sure Mary Ann, I recommend taking it back to the mechanic who replaced the tires and ask them to take a ride with you so you can point out the issue.

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      Mary Ann Queen 

      21 months ago

      I have a 2015 Jeep Compass & had new tires put on today. The tires that were on there were P215/55R18's they were out of them so the company mechanic said P235/55R18's would be fine . Now every time I brake it sounds like I'm slamming the brakes on & once I even slid a microsecond. Help what's wrong?

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