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Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Updated on October 17, 2017
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33 years in the automotive business, Honda, ASE certified master technician. Willing to spill my guts about everything I have learned.

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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      Eddie Carrara 11 hours 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 days 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 5 days 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 4 weeks 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 6 weeks ago

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

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      Maria 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Joyce 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shawnn,

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

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      Shawnn 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Sandra from Australia :)

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      Joyce Burley 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

      Thanks for the advise on my squeakie brake when reversing.

      Australia

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      Eddie Carrara 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      Easy solution, replace the pads :)

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      Michael 6 months ago

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

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      Micki 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Christina, I really appreciate the feedback :)

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      Christina 9 months ago

      Very well done! I rate you a 10+.

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      Lennard 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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. 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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.

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      Andy 11 months ago

      Changed front disk brakes about 3 weeks ago on 03 GMC Yukon Denali XL they squil when not braking and quiet when brakes are applied. Bought Weaver platinum series so figured spending the extra would pay off, ironically it backfired. Please let me know if have some insight on this!?

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      carp1 11 months ago

      My issue is on a 2008 jeep patriot 128 k miles. Right rear disc squeaks when NOT engaged and quiets when engaged. No other issues stops well and straight. Normal pad wear. I have changed pads several times, changed and lubricated clips, cleaned and regreased pins put disk brake quiet materiel on the pads. Still squeaks. If I exchange the left pads with the right ones the squeak goes away for 500-1000 miles then returns on the right rear brakes again.

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      Daniel Parker 11 months ago

      I have a 1997 nissan sentra with rear drum brakes. I noticed about a week ago that my car started to make a high pitch noise backing up but as soon as the brakes are applied it quits. It doesn't do it while driving or stopping just in reverse. I thought it was the shoes but they are still good. What do you think it is? My father said it sounds like they are out of adjustment.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joel,

      I'm note sure what you mean by hollow sound, Is it a hum, squeak, squeal, thump, etc... Let me know thanks.

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      Joel 11 months ago

      Eddie I have a Honda Odyssey Van that when I brake lightly I hear a hollow sound. Again it only happens when I brake light and when I turn at low speeds. My rotors and brake pads are less than 7 months old.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sig,

      You probably have run out of brake pad material (grinding noise) The ABS and Traction Control lights should always come on when starting your engine because the vehicle is doing a bulb check for all warning lights. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

      Hi Amber,

      If your mechanic used aftermarket pads, it's a good chance the pad material has a high level of metallic material in it causing the pads to squeal. Aftermarket meaning non original manufacturer equipment. The pads are safe to use, they're just a lower quality parts.

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      Amber 11 months ago

      I had my front rotors and brake pads replaced a couple of days ago. They are STILL squeaking when I brake. Is this normal for having new equipment or do I need to be telling off the mechanics? I've already experienced shady repair jobs from a few shops where broken parts were placed into my car and passed off for new!

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      Sig 12 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      2002 grand am

      Yesterday I noticed my brakes began making a loud noise that I would describe as grinding and had some burnt rubber smell along with it. I haven't had the chance to pop off the wheels and take a look and plan on that tomorrow morning but figured you might see this in case I can't figure it out.

      Also I noticed the ABS and traction lights came on once when I started the car as well.

      Any info will help, and great work!

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      The mechanic could have use an after market brake pad which can cause the noise, you can put a video up on YouTube and send me the link. Just place the link in the comment box here.

      Hi Carolyn,

      I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic asap, it could be a loose caliper or something minor like a hubcap rattle, either one should be checked out soon. Keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

      Hi Dena,

      If the brake light is on, it means one of two things, either your emergency brake is on or your brake fluid is low. Check both to be on the safe side. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Dena 12 months ago

      i just had four tires put on my car and i just was wondering would the shop had know before putting on my new tires that if i had bad breaks pads or brake disc, cause my light came on in my car letting me know that something is wrong with my brakes. just had my tires for about three weeks now.

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      carolyn 12 months ago

      I just got new front brakes pads now I hear a rattling sound when I hit a bump or manhole something shakes but just on the right side please help

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      Jenny R 12 months ago

      I have the exact sound that your truck made right after the carwash in the video, except mine isn't just in the morning or after a carwash, it's all the time. How can I fix this issue? I already had new brakes installed on the front and back, so I know it's not the pads. Is there a place I could send you a video of the sound?

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Candace,

      It's possible you have a small rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate, but you'll need to have the wheels pulled to check for this problem.

      Hi Tara,

      You'll need to find which wheel the noise is coming from, once you know this you'll need to pull the wheel and check the calipers slides and brake pad contact points, if they're not lube properly, it can cause this noise. Let me know what you find.

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      Tara 12 months ago

      I have a 2011 Kia Sorento and I had the brake pads changed around a year and a half ago and back ones probably less than a year. For quite some time I have a noise when I go slow that sounds like something stuck in a bicycle tire, a clicking noise but when I speed up it stops. And then when I brake slowly/gently there's a squeaking/squealing noise and almost sounds like a bouncing at the same time. But if I slam on the brakes it doesn't do it. Someone changed a caliper and said that they go bad in sorentos or something and the noise stopped or got quieter but now it's back to as loud as ever. Any suggestions/ideas????

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      Candace Coomes 13 months ago

      My car does that squealing noise where when youre driving its squeals but when you stop on the breaks or go over a bump or rail road track the noise stops... and the noise isnt all day it just comes and goes

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vara,

      Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it ;)

      Hi Heriberto,

      Buy a set of OEM brake pads and most likely your problems will disappear. I have never used ceramic pads and have only used OEM pads, I have never had a problem unless there was a recall or service bulletin on the pad set. Try it and let me know how you make out. Thanks.

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      Heriberto 13 months ago

      i had changed the front brakes to my Honda civic 2014 and the brakes where going smooth for about a month when i began to hear a skipping squeal noise when braking slowly and coming to a stop. i figured it would go away soon but the noise got louder over two weeks. I put the car on the jack and i cleaned the brake clips, the brakes, and the rotor with brake cleaner. I then applied some "quiet brake disc" to the back ends of each brake pad and put the brakes back together. Another month went by without any noise and then it happened again so i put it on the jack. This time i applied "brake grease" to the clips, the edges of the brake pads. I also applied the "quiet disk brake" on the back of the pads again. Another month without any noise and it came back again. Whats going on? i never new that changing brakes would be so hard. The rotors are still in really really good condition, the ceramic brake pads were new too. I made sure the clips didn't touch the rotor, i made sure the inner and outer pad where in the correct place. i tightened the caliper bolts correctly, and made sure the caliper cover went over the brake pads in a flush groove. If anyone can help me before i decide to go buy new brake pads.

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      Vara P 13 months ago

      Pretty informative. Thanks for your effort putting these videos together.

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      I don't know anything about 5th wheels. Did you have someone stand by the wheel when turning? They may be able to determine exactly where the noise is coming from, you'll need a large parking lot to execute this task lol. Hope this helps. Keep me posted on what your find. Just remember, on a trailer that size, there is a lot of flexing going on in the suspension so it may be a suspension part rubbing or hitting something.

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      Jim McGallan 13 months ago

      HI there. I have a 2014 Primetime Sanibel 5th wheel. The problem I am having is when I make a right turn (NOT BREAKING) there is a loud squeal coming from the right rear tire. This sounds like a metal on metal squealing. It disappears as soon as you straighten and only does this when making right turns. This trailer has tandem axles as well. I have had this to the dealers and they don't seem to know what is causing the problem.The replaced the entire wheel assembly on the rear right side axle but it is still making this noise. I am stumped. Any advice would be appreciated

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sky,

      Yes, If I read your comment correctly it cost you about $560 total? I'm not sure what the labor rate is in California, but if it's around $100 per hour, the brake job cost is fair. Thanks for taking the time to write a post Sky, I really appreciate it :)

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      Sky 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your blog! I've found the squeaky noise whenever I stepped on the front break of my 2008 Acura TSX (done mostly town driving) two days ago. My mechanic (for ten years) has ordered the parts which replaced the old ones. He asked me to test drive over the weekend to see how it worked. The front break makes no squeaky noise or any other noise since I picked it yesterday.

      I didn't have a chance to ask him what exactly was replaced since he was on the phone when I was there. I will ask him about the details on Monday. He is quite popular locally because he does good work and charges people fairly. He quoted me $260 for the repair and the 3-hour labor. Although I am still curious if this price is about right in California. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      Your welcome Jen, glad I could help :)