Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Updated on October 17, 2017
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE certified master technician.

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—common 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-late 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 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

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

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      Ken 2 days ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days ago

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

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      Hallni1212 9 days 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 10 days 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 10 days 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 10 days 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 10 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Marshall,

      Sorry I'm so late with my reply. If you haven't fixed it yet, I recommend checking the anti-rattle clips in the calipers, they may be off center.

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      Marshall 2 months ago

      Hello, so i have this 2002 ford focus, the back rotors are rusted for sure, the car was driving fine until i took a slight drift yesterday, imediatly after i finished i heard a noise come from my back passenger tire, it sounds like metal on metal and is really loud when im going about 30km/h i took off my tire to see what was up, the only thing i could see was that my rotor was a little offset on the gap where it attaches so i straightened it but the noise still persists. What could this be?

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      charlie 2 months ago

      Ray is it squeeling when you drive? Or do you park outside at night and the squeels only happen when you first drive the car in the morning, because that has been happening to me a lot with the recent weather changes and it is just like the sound in the first video in this article.

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      Ray 2 months ago

      I have a two year old Nissan Altima and about 8 months ago the back breaks started squealing. I had them then serviced with me paying the cost, but then apparently a part was replaced and covered by the dealership because of some issues reported in the past that the dealer was aware of. I put my winter tires on last week at the dealership as I was also due for them to do my oil change (covered) and now the same noise is back in the rear? I have made an appointment for them to look at this, but they want to charge me just over $50.00 to look at it when it only started happening after they changed my tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Winston,

      What does the noise sound like?

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      winston 2 months ago

      my car makes a noise when I use my front brakes. I already replace the diskpad but still make a noise

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Clee,

      Most likely the mechanic bent the rotor backing plate and it's is now rubbing against the rotor. It just needs to be bent out of the way. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      clee 3 months ago

      Had rear brakes replaced on a 2001 neon. There's a loud scraping and squeaking noise coming only from the left rear tire. What would that be?

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      Fred 3 months ago

      I have an o3 tj jeep. Changed my front (disc & rotors) and rear (drums & pads) nice job and all but I have a thumping sound only when I apply the foot brake going in forward - not if I push the pedal going in reverse. I have pulled the wheels and checked cannot find anything wrong (even at the shop where they did the job) they cannot find anything wrong either. I am a stand still for the reason why???

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      Cristina 3 months ago

      I have a 2014 Chevy Sonic LTZ and my check engine light came on after the motor/ car vibrated and car squirms and whistles when parked apply my brakes and even drive. The vibration feels like the motor is having a difficult time functioning correctly. Also when I drive at a higher speed on the freeway the noise increases and the car does not accelerate as if the car wasn't changing gears. I took it to a mechanic and I wasn't satisfied with his diagnostic. The mechanic said I needed to replace my valve Cover. I'm not sure he's completely accurate. What could be wrong with my car?

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      don 4 months ago

      my front. brakes squeak loud when i step on the brakes backing up

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      Maria 5 months ago

      I have a 2002 chevy prizm when applying brakes the back wheel squeeks and a scraping sound comes from the front drivers side when driving. Just put on new brakes on both front wheel please help me i need my car

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      Larry 5 months ago

      I have a 2500 HD chevy.. after 50 miles on the interstate when I step on the brakes i get a low moan sound..what would cause that sound.. it does not do it in city traffic..

      Thanks

      Larry

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      Carol 5 months ago

      I have a 2002 Chevy impala my wheel squeaks when I first drive it and stops when it warms up could that be my brake pads or rust?

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      Eddie 5 months ago

      I've changed the front rotor from 2 month and 2 ceramic pads but i started to hear noise before stopping immediately, not a metal to metal noise, it's like the brakes are not fully cramping the rotor

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      kelli 5 months ago

      I heard the brake pad indicator today is it save to make a 6hr trip and have the brakes worked on when i get back?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Did you replace the brakes or you had some garage do it? Are all the anti rattle clips centered and they are clearing the rotors? Let me know, thanks.

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      S014759 5 months ago

      2010 Honda Accord replaced brake pads, rotators. Still squeaking while driving, what could this be from?

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      Joyce 6 months ago

      I replaced wheel bearings, calipers, rotor and brake pads on my 2003 Chevy Venture. I still hear squealing noise when its in motion, what can it be?

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      Aidan 6 months ago

      I am having a scraping sound coming from my front right brake. It is rotational and seems there is some kind of contact point when braking thats making the sound. I do have some wobble when braking from a high speed such as a highway off-ramp. The sound however is only audible when braking lightly. If i brake harder there is no sound. The pads and rotors have about 25000km on them. Any ideas? I'm thinking it could be a warped rotor but I have no idea how that would have happened

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi George,

      Did you use OEM pads? Usually, this type of noise is caused by heavy metallic particles in the brake pad material.

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      George 7 months ago

      My front brakes squeak when they heat up and only when I lightly brake, if I push down harder, the squeak goes away.

      Any ideas? I just got new rotors about a month or two ago.

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      Pam 7 months ago

      Had my breaks fix about 3 weeks ago and they squeak when I turn or stop. What could that be? Is my car safe to drive?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brittany from Washington State :)

      I recommend bringing it back to the dealership to have them check the noise. I also recommend you go for a ride with the mechanic so you can point out the noise, that way there is no misunderstanding about the noise. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Brittany 7 months ago

      Hello Eddie!

      Brittany from Washington State here! I just bought a brand new 2017 SUV and I notice that whenever I put my vehicle in reverse, my brakes get this high-pitched squeak but I'm not sure why. This worries me because the car is brand new and I only put 600 miles on it so far, and I haven't even gotten my permanent plates yet! Should I be worried, or do you think something is wrong with my car?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jen,

      Have the brakes checked, it sounds like your wear indicator may be just starting to touch the rotor warning you that the brake pads may need replacement. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      jen 7 months ago

      Hi my car is making a chirping noise at the back. I can hear it inside loudly. I thought it was something in the boot but i got my teenage son stand by the side of the rd as i drove past and he could hear it faintly. The noise stops when i break its worse on a bumpy road. Any idea please??? Not sure whether i need to get my wheel, brakes or something else checked?? Thank you

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      annette 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      my Fiat Panda has started to squeal badly during the recent really sunny and hot weather spell, which is very unusual here in Scotland. I have never experienced this kind of heat here before. In the colder morning when I go the 6 miles to work it starts when nearly there, going home it starts after about 2-3 miles. When I press the brake slightly the noise stops, but starts as soon as I let go.

      Any ideas?

      Thanks for all the info you are giving

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shawnn,

      What is the year, make, and model of the vehicle?

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      Shawnn 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie.. I got a howling sound when applied brake from cold brake. I changed both pad and rotor and the howling sound is minimize and now it becomes squealing sound.. What can be the cause..

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      April 8 months ago

      My break on my 2001 jeep grand Cherokee locked up. I was driving an noticed the break got very firm an my car acted as if it was trying to stop itself if that makes sense. What could be wrong???

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      Ebony 8 months ago

      I have a 2004 Honda civic and when I drive my car meaning accelerate there is a noise coming from by my tire but when braking it stop what can it possible be the noise is a squealing sound

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      Laura Young 9 months ago

      I have been driving my 2012 Hyudai Sonata most of the day with no issues today. After exiting the interstate and slowing to a stop, I heard what sounded like something dragging under the car. It sounds like metal scraping the road, dragging. The sound stopped as I drove, and only happened again when I pressed brakes to turn in and park in a praking lot. I looked under the car, expecting to see something hanging underneath. Everything looked fine, and nothing was hanging. I drove 20 minutes home, without any noise or issues. I only heard the noise when braking hard, coming to a stop, and only around the back right tire. Any idea what this could be? I've had no issues up until now. No squealing, squeaking, or any sounds with the brakes or issues stopping.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      HI Joyce, let me know how you make out, and if you have more questions I'll be right here :)

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sandra from Australia :)

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      Joyce Burley 9 months ago

      Thank you Eddie. I had a grinding noise only in my front driver wheel. I new the brakes and rotors were not bad. I thought there was a rock or dirt, but I watched your video's and came to the believe that it was the dust plate. Your video showed me how to fix it. I will let you know if it works.

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      tex maha 9 months ago

      Push brake deeper then release 3-4 times should solve problem not unless you need new brake pads

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      Sandra Sullivan 9 months ago

      Thanks for the advise on my squeakie brake when reversing.

      Australia

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kyler,

      I recommend having the brake pads checked, sometimes when pads get low they can make a grinding noise on hard stops because the material is getting thin and is mixed with the adhesive that bonds the pad together. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ramin,

      If the mechanic says your pads are OK, keep driving, but keep an ear out for the noise to get worse.

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      Kyler Thompson 9 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My car doesn't make any noise before I brake. When I brake soft there is still no noise. If I brake quickly or hard there is a deeper grinding noise, not a high pitched squeal. And I can also feel a slight vibration through the brake pedal. Do you have any suggestions about what could be causing this?

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      Ramin G 9 months ago

      When I reverse my Acura el from the garage, it makes a chirping noise in the back tires and a bit of a squeaky sound. It goes away after a couple of times braking. I took the car to my mechanic and he told me the brakes and pads are good. What do you think?

      Thanks,

      Ramin

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      Easy solution, replace the pads :)

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      Michael 9 months ago

      What should I do for the Wear Indicator on my brake pads

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      Micki 10 months ago

      About 13 months ago I had my brakes replaced including router. After I had them done I had a horrible high pitched squeak in the rear passenger side that I did not have before the brake was replaced. I drove it around for awhile thinking that it would go away. It did not. I took car back to where the brake was installed and they said they adjusted the brake and did not hear the squeak any longer. It usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes before the car squeaks which seems to be the problem as I cannot get anyone to drive it long enough to hear it. I have had this to 8 mechanics to date. They tell me the brakes are fine, they adjust them, they all say they have driven the car and no longer hear the squeal. I get in the car drive 10 to 20 minutes and the squeak is back. This happened again today after adjusting the brakes. The car is a 2000 corolla, runs like a dream, and hate to give it up. The squeak happens when I go to brake and has a sort of wah-wah sound like the tires that are stopping only it is a squeak. Gradually over time the squeak gets very loud and is constant to the point of even when I am just driving. After they adjust the brake the squeak is softer again and only when braking. Can you help me?

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Make sure all your anti rattle clips have clearance between the rotor and caliper, if that looks OK, try sanding the sharp edge on the pads, sometimes these edges can make noise. Hope this helps ;) and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Derson03 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a annoying squeal in the left front brake. I recently replaced the pads, rotor, and the wheel bearing/hub assembly today. The squeak seems to go away when pressure is applied by turning slightly to the right. I used ceramic pads from Auto Zone like I have in the past ( never had any issues in the past). Oh, by the way the car is a 05 Centugry. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

      Thanks Joe

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sky, You're welcome.

      I truly think if your mechanic installs new Acura OEM brake pads, the noise should stop. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Sky00 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Correction: The front brake started making squeaky noise about five months ago. I've just found my other question entered five months ago regarding the pricing on the brake change on your blog. Thanks.

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      Sky00 11 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Thanks so much for your informative site.

      The front brake on my eight years old Acura TSX makes some squeaky noises starting two months ago for the very first time. My mechanic whom I have used for more than ten years has always fixed things without difficulties. He is a nice guy with patience. There is always a waiting list for his services for years. But, he has been fixing this squeaky noise three times in the past two months, now it starts to squeak again for the fourth time. I am lost for words now. I will have to go back to him until he can truly fix the brake noise. I really wonder if he can ever do it.

      I asked him the second time I was in his shop why he didn't get me a new brake. But he said they are all used ones... I am confused by his statements and his limited English skills.

      What's your advice on my situation? Thanks.

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      Adolfo 11 months ago

      Hello. I have noticed a loud screeching sound on the back tires of my car. It only appears after driving long distances and It is usually only noticeable at low speeds. The noise seems to dissappear for a moment after applying the hand brake. Model is Toyota Tercel 97 so it uses drum brakes

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Simon,

      Did you use OEM brake pads? This is usually the main problem when replacing brake pads, cheap pads make a lot of noise. Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      Yes, sometime even new brakes will squeak when they are wet. Think of the squeak like a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass, wet rotors hum or vibrate at a very high frequency when wet causing a high pitched sqeak, but should stop squeaking once the brakes are applied a couple times. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Paul Edmondson 11 months ago from Burlingame, CA

      @eddie I have a new car and the brakes are squeaking loud after it rains. I don't think there is any rust on the rotors. Should new brakes squeak when wet?

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      Simon Man 11 months ago

      Hi,

      My front braking began to squeal and a garage advised I needed new pads only. Purchased some new pads had them fitted squeal noise was remained but worsened. Then was advised there was a lip on both side rotors and myself can feel it too. Fair enough so went and purchased a pair of brand new Pagid brake discs and pads for the front as garage recommended for German vehicles. Got it fitted and he did was he said he would grease the back plate pads and the calipers. And believed the squeal would disappear after 100-200 miles or remained squealing, tried to put up with it hoping by time it stops. It's 230 miles and it's squeals even louder when I break slowly to the traffics or when never applying brakes. Even the security colleague I drive past to work said my brakes squealing are very loud and irritating. I noticed the squealing mainly deeper from the left brakes. Any suggestions, please?

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Christina, I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Christina 12 months ago

      Very well done! I rate you a 10+.

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      Lennard 12 months ago

      My corolla had 8 mm thickness on front brake pads and the rear pads changed to new 7 months ago. The car had just done 2.4k miles after this, but now when I apply brakes lightly, I can hear a light squeal, just like the wear indicator. But when I apply them harder, there's no noise. How would they wear out so fast with just 2.4k miles? The car was parked for two months in between.

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      beth 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie, recently I have noticed while driving at slow speeds I can hear a low pitched scraping sound every time the wheels rotate, and a shrill squeal when I am braking at slow speeds that is becoming more regular and more noticeable. Also especially if I am braking while driving around a bend in the road, the steering wheel shudders briefly. Warped rotors, thin pads? I would be interested to hear your thoughts, thanks !

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      If the noise is coming from the back brakes, you'll need to take it back to the mechanic who replaced them, it sounds like a brake shoe is not secured properly or something is not torqued correctly. The thump noise when releasing the brakes is what concerns me. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Mary 12 months ago

      Have new back brake pads and drums and there was a squeak so I got the pads sanded a bit which seemed to get rid of the squeak but woke up one morning and the squeak is extremely loud and it's not a high pitched squeak but a loud slow squeak while braking as well as a thump when releasing the brake. It's a chevy cavalier. Any help would be much appreciated thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      If the rear tires are hitting small bumps in the road while braking and the rear shocks are not stopping them from bouncing, then yes, failing shocks/struts could cause your car to fishtail. If the tires are locking up and your rear tires are skidding when stopping, that is something totally different. Let me know if this helps or if you still have more questions :)

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      Stephanie 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am the one with the question for the 2007 Colbalt below the tires are brand new but yes it does seem to need struts. Is this the cause of it not stopping when it's supposed to?

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      If there is no free play in the brake pedal, try backing off the brake light switch up on the brake pedal bracket. If the brake light switch is out of adjustment, it can cause light pressure on the brakes at all times causing them to overheat and eventually seize until they cool.

      If the brake light switch is OK, you may have a blockage in the system causing the same issue, you'll need to find which brake line has the blockage by bleeding the brakes and inspecting all the lines. Let me know what you find Justin, thanks.

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      Justin 12 months ago

      While my driving my car with drum brakes

      The front seem to lock .. I know this cause touch the brake pedal and there is no play Wat so Eva the pedal is hard as rock .. If continue to drive it will either free up or lock up to a point where car will not move forward .. Also can smell Wat seems likely to be drums over heating .. Let cool down then good to drive again .. Plz any help much appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph,

      I think you have two different problems here. How is the tread depth on your rear tires? Does the rear of your vehicle skip over small bumps in the road? Do a bounce test on the vehicle by pushing up and down on the rear bumper to bounce the vehicle, once the vehicle has a good bounce going, stop pushing on the bumper and count the bounces, if it's 3 or more you probably need new shocks/struts in the rear.

      The brake noise may be caused by after market brake pads. You could replace them with new OEM pads or deal with the noise until you need to replace them, then use OEM pads. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Stephanie 12 months ago

      I have a 2007 Colbalt that is constantly making the rust on the rotors sound you show in the video any time I brake. I have replaced the brakes and adjusted them but the noise continues I also notice that there are time when it is hard to stop or that the back of my car slides (kinda like a fish tail) can you help me

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Belvant,

      That's great! One thing that concerns me is the shoe separation. I recommend changing the shoes as soon as you have the money because if the brake materiel completely separates from the metal backing, the brakes could lock up, and I'm not sure the condition of the shoes. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm just giving you a heads up :)

      Hi Andrew,

      Do you know if the pads are OEM pads? No need to remove any rust from the rotors because that's probably not the issue, more likely you have after market pads that are making the noise. Be careful with the air gun if you have never used one, they have extreme torque power and can cause damage if you don't have any experience with it. Manual tools work good to, just more time consuming. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Andrew Foster 12 months ago

      Hi I am having a problem getting the exact same noise you have in the video in which the brakes are rubbing the rust of the rotor but it happens. all through out the day. Sometimes when turning, Parking and even reserve parking. I also get a random really loud squeaking noise when driving around 10 mph. Its sound like something rubbing on the wheel and its come and goes randomly but stop if i apply any amount of pressure on the brakes.

      I have taken it to the garage but as it random can cant identify the fault. Its really embarrassing when you every turns around looking at you driving along because of the squeaking. I have already changed brakes pad and front discs but the noise is still there.

      I am ordering a impact wrench to remove all wheels and see if i can find anything myself. Ill try to give the rotor a good clean with rust remover.

      Do you have any other suggestion please. The car is a VW golf.

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      Balvant 13 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I had the brakes cleaned and adjusted. The pads were sanded and still had about 30% pads left. They found one pad slightly detached from the metal but the mechanic said that it was still OK. That is it and no more whistling sound so far (3 days). Thanks for helping out.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Balvant,

      I recommend having the brakes checked because it sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor warning you the brake pads are low. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

      Hi Robin,

      The car must have sat for a few days when the bumper was replaced? If so, most likely your rotors had some rust build up and cause pad impression when it was sitting, this will cause a loud grinding noise and also a thumping noise, it may even cause a pull while braking. The noise may subside after a few 100 miles of braking, but it may never go away completely until you either resurface or replace the rotors.

      The body shop should have checked your brake just to give you peace of mind, and also it's good for business, but it's had to find those people who will go the extra mile just to help. Let me know if this helps you, and have your brakes checked just to be on the safe side.

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      Robin Mears 13 months ago

      2012 Dodge Challenger: my car was fine, no noises of any kind. Then I was rear ended at a stop light. Insurance looked at it and said bumper damage was all that was wrong. I new there was more than that because I drove it home after the wreck, so I had it towed to the shop that replaced by bumper. As I drove it slowly away from the shop it was making a noise like the brakes were metal to metal, mostly from the right front area. Also I heard a thumping coming from same area. As I slowly pressed on the breaks more scraping noise so I sped up & still same noise. I noticed it was pulling a little to the right .When I pressed on the brakes hard, it turned to the LEFT bad! When they had called to tell me my car was ready the wowan had stated to me....your car is all finished and 2 of my mechanics have driven it and they both said that it's great!!!!! So I called them not 2 minutes after I had Driven away, when a man answered, I said are u one of the men that drove my black Challenger and said it was fixed? And he replied NO, and placed me on hold. The woman answered as I drove next to a wall with the windows down and said does this sound like my car is fixed? She stated that she could very clearly hear the scraping, scqueeling noise! Took it back and the MANAGER DROVE MY CAR! 30 seconds later he came back and said very sarcastically YOU NEED BRAKES & sruged his shoulders. I said 2 of ur guys said it was FIXED!!!!! He said the insurance adjuster said the only damage was the bumper & that's all they paid for $701.00 ( I had already given them the check) so I guess my question is... I know my car was not making any noises before that man rear ended me(he was also pulling a rented trailer filled with dirt) so am I crazy or could the reck be responsible for what's going on with my car???????? Shouldn't they have at least checked the brakes out to see if that's even the problem??? Please let me know what you think! I've been reading all your posts & you are the first person that's sounds like to me you know what your talking about!!

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      Balvant 13 months ago

      Eddie, I notice it happens at about speed 50 to 60 mph and more when I slightly turn right. The whistle is more like a tea kettle but very faint. This whistle goes away if I press the brake pedal slightly. It is definitely not metal grinding noise. Thanks for helping out.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Balvant,

      Do you know if the noise changes when turning slightly or with wheel speed? Is it a whistle or metal /rubbing/grinding noise?

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      Balvant 13 months ago

      I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and there is high pitch squeal at high speed (60 mph) but if I brake, it stops. I had the brakes checked at a local shop and they say that pads (OEM, have not changed them!) still have 50% remaining but could not help where the noise could be coming from. I can tell it is the front but cannot pinpoint if it is on right or left. I noticed this after i changed to winter tires but I do not if this was just a coincidence. Thanks for any clue you can offer.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi TJ,

      I would start by checking the drive shaft u-joints, that would be a very common squeak from that year yota. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      T.J. 13 months ago

      Hey Eddie need your help with a 1991 Toyota pickup, so there is a squeaking sound when I pickup speed and goes away when going really slow or at a stop but when start going again I starts to squeak ad the faster your going the faster the squeak

      Thank Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hannah,

      Can you take a video of the noise and post it on YouTube, then send me the link? I'll take a listen and let you know what I think.

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      Hannah 14 months ago

      Hi Eddie. I have a Toyota Tundra 2005 and I can't find anybody who knows what they are talking about nor describe the noise on google. My truck does not squeak but when I'm parking or like coming to a stop and have to turn the wheel to either park or pull through the drive thru at a restraunt or something when I'm mashing the brakes and turning the wheel it makes like a noise that's hard to describe. Like if you set your phone on a glass table and it's on vibrate. Whenever someone calls u it's kind of like that noise. Can u help me ?

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Carp1, keep me posted.

      Hi Kristiann,

      If you replaced the pads yourself, did you lubricate all moving parts like the slides or pins, plus all the contact points of the caliper and pads?

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      Kristiann 14 months ago

      Hi i have a question so we changed my front brakes on my 2009 Chevrolet hybrid tahoe because we thought the brakes was going out but when we took it off it was still good but no matter we put the new ones off . The next day i noticed that the squeeking sound while im driving and when braking is still there . Can u help me please?

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      carp1 14 months ago

      Thanks for the information. I am using ceramic pads. This is the 3rd set I have tried. I will buy some OEM pads. What baffles me is the other wheel does not squeak at all and this one quits for a time when changed. Also i have not tried the moly based brake lubricant.

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      It sounds to me like it's the wear indicators on your front brake pads. Are you positive the noise is coming from the drums?

      Hi Carp1,

      The noise has to be generated from the brake pad material. Are you using OEM pad sets?

      Hi Andy,

      I recommend returning them and getting the OEM pad sets, and make sure all your brake pad contact points are lubed good. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.