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Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

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

Do Your Brakes Squeak?

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

Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

Disc BrakesDrum Brakes

Morning squeak from overnight rain, dew, or condensation moisture.

Rear drum brake squeaks when shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication.

Thinning brake pads set off brake wear indicator squeak.

Cheap brake pads with high metal content.

Two Types of Brakes

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

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

1. Disc Brakes Squeak After Car Sits Overnight

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

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

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

Rust Embedded in a Rotor

This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads.

This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads.

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.

Noise From Rusty Rotors

2. Thinning Brake Pads

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

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

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

3. High Metal Content in Brake Pads

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

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

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

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

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

When A Car Makes A Rumbling Noise and Shakes While Driving

4. Drum Brakes That Need Lubrication

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

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

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

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.

More contact points to lube on drum brakes.

More contact points to lube on drum brakes.

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.

Scraping Noise From Wheel While Driving

What Causes Brake Noise

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Give Me Your Feedback!

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

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

Questions & Answers

Question: 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?

Answer: 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?

Question: I hit a curb, and now my car makes a screeching sound every time I apply the brakes. What is it?

Answer: Most likely your rotor backing plate is bent, or you may have bent something else near the brake caliper. I highly recommend having someone look at the damaged area and give you a full estimate on the repairs, just to be safe.

Question: I recently had back and front brakes done on my car and there is a squeaking noise every time I brake. What is causing this?

Answer: Did you use OEM brake pads or did you use aftermarket pads? Aftermarket pads are usually the cause of these types of squeaks.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: I recently changed my brakes and discs on all four wheels. Why do I hear screeching sounds when I press the brake? It sounds like it’s from the front passenger side.

Answer: Most likely your anti rattle clip is not centered in the caliper holder. I recommend taking the brake pads back out on the side you hear the noise and check the shims/clips, look for any rub marks on the rotor and shims.

Question: There is an intermittent squeak, almost like a bird chirping, when braking while parking, also very slightly when I start to accelerate away. What is it?

Answer: Most likely the wear indicator on your brake pad is starting to touch the rotor warning you that the brake pads are getting low. I recommend having the brake checked, check the inner pads closely because that is where the indicator is located.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

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

Question: My brakes have been making a high squeaking sound, so I got them changed. However, they still make that squeaking sound. I notice it was especially loud while driving really slowly up a big hill, or also sometimes when I’m neither accelerating or braking, but just letting the car move by itself. What is the cause of this, and how do I fix this?

Answer: I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic who replaced the brakes and have them take another look, you may have a anti rattle clip out of place or something between the rotor and backing plate.

Question: My brakes make a noise when I release the brakes fast while stopped. What is happening?

Answer: You probably have rear drum brakes and the noise you're hearing is most likely the brake shoes rubbing the backing plate. This movement is normal but your contact points probably no longer have any lubrication between the shoe and backing plate causing a squeaking noise.

Question: I have a 2017 Ram 1500. When I pressed on the brakes, there was a squealing noise. I took it to the dealer to get it checked. They started it and found that it had a rock stuck between the backing plate and rotor. They removed it and returned the truck, but the squealing noise is still happening. Does it take time for it to stop?

Answer: No, the noise should have stopped immediately. I recommend bringing it back to the dealer and have them recheck it. I also recommend going on a road test with the mechanic once they say its fixed to be sure you do not have to return a third time.

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

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

Question: My brakes are squealing. Could this mean I need new brakes? My car is also saying I need a tire rotation. Would you recommend getting new brakes or a tire rotation?

Answer: I recommend having the brakes checked, and while the mechanic has the wheels off, you can have the tire rotated.

Question: What is the cause of the noise I hear from the back when I press the brake pedal?

Answer: Usually the noise is caused by lack of lubrication at the pad/shoe contact points.

Question: My brakes make a screeching sound only sometimes when I drive. It doesnt seem to be caused by anything in particular (sometimes when I first start driving in the morning and sometimes even half way through the day). The sound is really high pitched. Is it the brake pads?

Answer: Most likely your brake pad wear indicator is just starting to touch the rotor. I recommend having your brakes checked soon just to be safe.

Question: I put new disc brake pads and rotors on the rear of my 2005 Uplander. One wheel squeaks loudly when going in reverse and braking. I applied the disc brake grease to ends of pad's tabs when installed. What could be causing this?

Answer: You should apply the grease to all contact points. You may want to check your rotor backing plate clearance to the rotor, and also check all your anti-rattle clips, sometimes they can be off-center and touching the rotor.

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

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

Question: I have a 2005 4Runner V6 with 108K miles. Both rear brakes are seven years old with 55,000 miles on them and now squeak when I back up. One front brake routinely has a loud clunking noise when I press on the brake while driving forward or reverse. Is there a general rule when brakes should be changed?

Answer: There is no time or mileage interval to replace brakes. A thorough brake inspection will guide you when to replace or service your brakes. If the brakes haven't been serviced in seven years, it's probably a good idea to take a peek at them. I'm sure any lubrication at the contact points is gone by now and the brakes could use a little TLC.

Question: My car makes a really loud noise like a train horn, just left of the rear wheel, when I come to a stop. What do you think would cause this to happen?

Answer: I would start by inspecting your brake pads or shoes. If they are glazed over, it's a good possibility that is your issue.

Question: My brakes just started squeaking when I hit the brake. My pads are about three years old. How much longer can I go before I need to replace them or should I replace them now?

Answer: I recommend having your brakes checked first. Brakes can last a long time depending on mileage and driving conditions.

Question: Why does my right brake make a clicking noise while driving? When I hit my brakes it makes a grinding noise, this just started happening after we had several days of rain and having to drive thru water.

Answer: I'm not sure why your brakes are making a ticking noise, there could be several reasons, especially after driving through lots of water. The grinding noise could be from the rotor being rusty after all the rain or the grinding noise could be from worn out brake pads.

I recommend having someone pull off your wheels and check the area where the grinding noise is coming from, this will give some idea on how much brake pad is left and if there is debris caught in the brakes causing some of the noises.

Question: Every time I use the brakes on my car, they start squeaking. I just bought the car from a dealership with 46,000 miles. Should I take it back to the dealership?

Answer: Yes, if there is any kind of warranty on the vehicle they should fix the squeaking for free.

Question: I have a Golf Chico 1.4, and most of the time when I press on the brakes, they make a squeaky sound. What could the problem be?

Answer: If you have rear drum brakes, you are most likely hearing the brake shoe rubbing against the backing plate due to lack of lubrication. To fix, have your rear brakes serviced and lubed at all contact points.

Question: I just did my wheel bearings by a backyard mechanic and now every time I brake I hear a squeaking sound I don’t know if he put on the wheel bearing correctly or is it just a coincidence that my brakes are worn out now?

Answer: I think the mechanic may have bent the rotor backing plate and it just needs to be adjusted. Maybe you could ask them to take a quick look at the backing plate to be sure there is enough clearance.

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Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 10, 2020:

Hi William,

When you replaced the brake shoes did you apply high temp lube to all the shoe to backing plate contact points? This is usually the most common problem. Also, look to make sure the lip on the backing plate isn't touching the drum.

William on July 08, 2020:

So my rear drum brakes squeak when i drive so i replaced the shoes and drums and springs. However they still squeak unless i lightly press the break just like before it's the same problem i was wondering what could i do?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 06, 2020:

Hi Imran,

I'm thinking the ceramic pads may be causing the noise. Do you know for sure that the noise is coming from the front? Did you change all 8 brake pads?

Imran on July 05, 2020:

I own Honda civic 2013 lx. I replaced tires to brand new(5000 miles from now). Installed new brake pads, rotors, caliper brackets, bracket screws, sliding pins recently (duralast ceramic). Used Mobil 1 synthetic grease to lubricate caliper pins goes in to rubber boots and back of brake pads (grease resist temperatureup to 400F) . Used brake clean on rotors. Still hear light twice sueaky noise when apply brake on low speed. Don't hear that on highway. Its very light. Two click sounds. I can only hear it when Ac is tuŕned off and surrounding is ver quite.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 30, 2020:

Hi Ben,

Are they the original or OEM brake pads? If they are aftermarket pads it could be because of the heavy metalic brake material commonly use to manufacture these types of pads. Let me know, thanks.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 30, 2020:

Hi Pravina,

Your brake pads may be getting low on braking material and the warning tab it just starting to touch the rotor warning you that it's time to replace the brake pads. What you're describing is classic, the noise is heard at low speeds and intermittently while driving but not when braking. I know it sounds weird. I recommend you have all 8 brake pads checked, usually, the inner pad is the culprit because that's where the wear indicator is often located. Let me know what you find, thanks.

PravinaS on May 30, 2020:

I rarely use my car (maybe once a week). It is in an unheated garage. I drove it this morning for about 20 miles, with no sound. Then parked in my driveway for 1/2 hour. Then drove it again, and this time noticed a squealing noise just as the car would go slowly (about 5 mph) and as it speeded up, the squeal would stop. I drove 20 miles, and it kept happening. Also it didn't squeal while applying the brake.

What could this be?

(Also, I just had the right rear wheel bearing replaced January 16. Could this have something to do with the squeal now?)

Benjamin on May 27, 2020:

Hey. My Ford F-150 brakes make a very loud squeaking sound when I brake. But when I press the break lightly no sound and when I press hard no sound either. I checked the pads and there is still rock on it so I don’t think my brakes are done. Only have 84 thousand kilos on it. What could it be?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 27, 2020:

Hi Jerry,

If you used non-OEM brake pads it possible they are manufactured with high metal content in the brake material which may contribute to squeaking noises. Let me know if you used OEM brake pads or not, thanks.

Jerry on April 23, 2020:

Hi Eddie, I just replaced my front pads on my 2015 Altima. After 4 days it started squeaking every morning when I back out of my parking spot. What can it be. Thanks.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 19, 2020:

Hi Neelam,

If the mechanic didn't use factory or premium brake pads it's possible the pads have a heavy metallic material that is causing the noise, it's not dangerous to use this type of brake pad just annoying. Let me know if this helps.

Neelam Jehan Khan on February 18, 2020:

I have vitz 2008. I have changed my breaks two months ago. But from last 15 days it is making whistles and squeaky sounds. When I apply light breaks... but when I apply full breaks, it doest make sound or make small sounds. I took it to mechanic.. he cleaned it and applied lubricant and cleaned the whole surface of breaks and rough surface with sandpaper... for a day it didn't make sounds but the next day it is even making louder sounds.... please tell me I can't figure out.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 01, 2020:

Hi William,

Remove the drum on the side you're hearing the noise and inspect the drum lip and the backing plate where the drum rides, usually there is a channel that the drum rides in to divert debris and water. I have seen rust build up on the drum in this area and also have found this channel rusted and falling apart so do a thorough inspection in this area. Let me know what you find, thanks.

William Krell on January 31, 2020:

Hey Eddie,

I did a full brake job on my 2000 Buick Century. Replaced front disk brakes (rotors, calipers, and pads), no problem. They work great. I didn't really need to touch my rear drum brakes but I replaced them anyway because I had upgraded parts.

Now when I brake, I hear a rotational rubbing sound coming from my driver's side rear drum brake. I lubricated the contacts fairly well. Any advice on what I should do? I looked at the drum a month or so ago to make sure the auto-tension adjuster was working, at that seems to be fine. Any advice would be appreciated.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 30, 2020:

Hi Teresa,

If the noise is only heard on the inside of the car, it possible you have a worn or broken component (exhaust, motor mount, transmission mount, etc.) touching the floor on the underside and it's vibrating up through the chassis. I recommend you have someone raise the car on a lift and do an inspection under the car. If you live in an area that has a lot of snow and you plowed through a snowbank, it's possible you have snow push up against the bottom of the vehicle. Let me know if this helps :)

Teresa Rodarte on January 29, 2020:

Hi I have a 2007 Toyota Camry and I was wondering if you can help when I put it it in reverse and push on my brakes it sounds like the noise when you blow in a glass bottle you can only hear it on the inside of the car not the outside my brakes and roters are good please help and the noise does not happen all the time but sometimes it’s louder than other times

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 23, 2020:

Hi Sonia,

Sometimes the anti-rattle clips can be off-center just barely touching the rotor causing a noise. Does the noise change when you touch the brake pedal? Do you only hear it while driving and not braking? Does it change at all when turning? What speeds do you hear it at? Is it inside or outside the vehicle? What is the year, make, and model?

Sonia on January 22, 2020:

I have had my front brakes machined.

Pads are good

Had the front strut tops replaced.

I drove 12O k and everything great.

There 2 nights

I hear a bird sound .

Only when I am driving the car.

Not when it’s on the hoist .

Checked belts nothing is a problem .

I was told something is rubbing I’m annoyed by the mechanic and something is not quite right can you help me

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 07, 2020:

Hi Xola,

How many miles have you driven because it's very possible they are worn out in 2 years.

xola on January 06, 2020:


I have a Renault sandero 900T Expression, and I have replaced my brake pads in 2017. recently when I brake, it makes a rumbling sound. would it be worn out brake pads? or

Mike on December 29, 2019:

My 2002 suzuki has 24.000 ; when my house dryer is running at night, it seems that is when my car brake squeal for a short time. Is it the moisture causing this? Thanks

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 24, 2019:

Hi Heather,

It sounds like one of the anti-rattle clips is touching the rotor and not centered in the caliper. The anti-rattle clip is the clip that sits between the caliper and pad so check those first and make sure they have clearance from the rotor.

Heather on December 22, 2019:

Hi I literally had my brake pads n rotors replaced on 07 Nissan Altima. After first time at Hwy speed car has developed a very high pitched whistle / singing/ squeal that is constant at any speed even letting the car just roll. If I’m completely stopped no noise. We lubed one side but still noise. Plz help

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 15, 2019:

Hi Thulani,

When do you hear it? What speed, braking, turning, backing up, give me as much detail as possible.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 15, 2019:

Hi Lovious,

Did you replace then yourself? It sounds like something is loose like possibly the caliper bolts? I recommend you double-check your work or if you had a mechanic do the work, bring it back so they can check their work.

Thulani on December 12, 2019:

I have clicking sound on rear left wheel please help

Lovious on December 12, 2019:

Hi Eddie,

I replaced my brake pads two weeks ago, now a can hear a clicking sound on the right side every time I drive on the gravel road. Is this normal? The sound is irritating.

Thanks in advance.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 21, 2019:

Hi Carrie,

The squeak may be caused by the brake pad wear indicator, moisture, foreign matter, or worn out pads. I recommend you have it checked just to be safe.

Carrie on November 19, 2019:

My breaks have been squeaking when I put my car in reverse and back up. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 01, 2019:

Hi Josh,

Did you use OEM brake pads? if you didn't, maybe it's the metal flakes in the brake pad material, If you did, maybe something is caught between the caliper and the backing plate?

Josh on October 29, 2019:

I replaced the rotors and brake pads on my 2012 Nissan Altima. I have 6000 miles on them now and they let off a high pitched squeak when I'm going 5-10mph and gently pushing on the brake pedal. They stop squeaking when I push on the brakes harder or speed up.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 29, 2019:

Hi Dominique,

I recommend you have all the brake pads checked, inner and outer pads. Most likely one of the wear indicators is starting to touch the rotor warning you the pads are getting low.

Dominique on October 25, 2019:

at a high speed, I can hear a squeaking sound, disappears when turning to a curve or breaking or at low speed

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 23, 2019:

Hi Dennis,

I recommend checking the vacuum line going to the booster, if it's ok, see if you can pinpoint the where the noise is coming from exactly and replace that part. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

Dennis Uzzell on October 22, 2019:

I have a 1996 Toyota Avalon XLS. Recently, when I apply the brakes (and even at a dead stop at a traffic light or a stop sign with my foot on the brake pedal), there is a continuous high pitch humming noise. When I let my foot off the brakes, it stops. I suspect it is the vacuum booster. Any other ideas?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 26, 2019:

Hi Michael,

Do you have rear drum brakes? What is the year, make, model, and mileage?

Michael Rudnick on September 23, 2019:


My front disc brakes make a lower pitch loud squeak upon braking after I've driven over 30 miles in a trip. Not a high-pitched sound, It is like a goose honk and it doesn't happen every time I hit the brakes after that same long trip. Two mechanics have said nothing is physically wrong or unsafe with either the front or rear brakes. Some grooving in the front discs but that is all. I'd like your opinion. Thanks.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 18, 2019:

Hi Mary, How many miles are on the F150? Do you think your brakes may be getting to the point when they'll need replacing soon?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 17, 2019:

Hi Kristen,

Yes, it's very possible. I recommend you have them checked soon just to be safe. Brake pads make a squeaking noise when the pad material is getting low so don't wait too long. Let me know what you find, thanks :)

Mary J on September 16, 2019:

I have a 2016 Ford F150, my breaks started squeaking like the rust video you have, took it to one Ford dealership and they said ford changed their brake pads and that is why it is squeaking, so they don't seem like they want to help me at all. Any suggestions?

Kristen on September 15, 2019:

Hi Eddie,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 09, 2019:

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

arashtrip on August 31, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 31, 2019:

Hi Arashtrip,

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

arashtrip on August 28, 2019:


Lexus IS300h 2014

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 21, 2019:

Hi Dakota,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 21, 2019:

Hi Marie,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 19, 2019:

Hi Mgndtr,

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

Marie on August 17, 2019:

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

How long does it take to stop squeaking?

Mgndtr061019 on August 09, 2019:

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

Romeo on August 06, 2019:

Toyota Corolla 2014

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

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

Nazirul on July 24, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 08, 2019:

Hi Jonathan,

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

Jonathan on July 05, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 02, 2019:

Hi John,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 02, 2019:

Hi Susan,

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

Susan02038 on July 01, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 12, 2019:

Hi Abdul,

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

abdul tach on June 07, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 05, 2019:

Hi Cory,

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

Cory on June 04, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 21, 2019:

Hi Caroline,

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

Caroline on May 21, 2019:


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



Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 07, 2019:

Hi Debbie,

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

Debbie on May 07, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 05, 2019:

Hi Jeremy,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 05, 2019:

Hi Karen,

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

Karen on May 03, 2019:

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

Jeremy Volker on May 03, 2019:

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

Julie England on March 06, 2019:

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

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 14, 2019:

Hi Isobel,

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

Isobel on February 14, 2019:

My brakes are making a squeaking noise when I reverse

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 12, 2019:

Hi Christina,

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

Christina Singleton on February 08, 2019:

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

Navaneeth on December 30, 2018:

Hello Eddie,

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

Aspen on December 20, 2018:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 28, 2018:

Hi Changkyu,

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

changkyu on November 28, 2018:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 12, 2018:

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.

Brandon on November 11, 2018:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 05, 2018:

Hi Buessa,

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

Buessa on October 30, 2018:

How to Replace Honda accord 2015 Back Brake Pads

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 29, 2018:

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

Sharon from New York on October 26, 2018:

Very useful article. Thank you for sharing

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 25, 2018:

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.

Richard Parr from Australia on September 21, 2018:

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?

Ken on September 21, 2018:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 20, 2018:

Hi Missy,

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

Missy on September 20, 2018:

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 !

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 19, 2018:

Hi Janise,

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

janise_hayden@yahoo.com on September 17, 2018:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 10, 2018:

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.

rickrick on September 09, 2018:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 06, 2018:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 06, 2018:

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.

Barbara Meyer on September 05, 2018:

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?

wanzoot on September 05, 2018:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 25, 2018:

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.

Dave on August 20, 2018:

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

Dave on August 18, 2018:

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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