Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Updated on May 30, 2018
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Eddie spent 33 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—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

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.

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.

  • When I put my foot on the break of my car it squeals like a bus; my advisor did not mention brake pads. What do you think the issue is?

    Brake pads are the most likely problem. Either they are getting low, or you have a lack of lubrication on the contact points.

  • I have a 2015 Dodge Dart GT. It is making a weird noise like hydralic/grinding kind of noise when you come to a rolling stop while applying brakes. Just had new roters put on back and front roters machined. Doesnt squeal or any of the usual stuff, also only occurs at slow rolling type stops. Any idea?

    If this noise just started after resurfacing and replacing the rotors, it's possible you're just hearing the new pads contacting the new rotor surface.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks 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 

      2 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks 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 

      6 weeks ago

      How to Replace Honda accord 2015 Back Brake Pads

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Sharon 

      6 weeks ago from New York

      Very useful article. Thank you for sharing

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Missy,

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

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      Missy 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      4 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 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dana,

      Did they use aftermarket brake pads or factory?

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      dana 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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?

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Derek, I appreciate the feedback :)

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      Derek Maven 

      9 months ago

      Very insightful.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      10 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 

      11 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 months ago

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

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      Hallni1212 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Winston,

      What does the noise sound like?

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      winston 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      15 months ago

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

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      Maria 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 months ago

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

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      Joyce 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shawnn,

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

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      Shawnn 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      20 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 

      20 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sandra from Australia :)

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      Joyce Burley 

      20 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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