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When my car died for the fifth time this year, I knew that I needed to do something to improve things. I decided to start looking around for little upgrades that I could do on my own, and I ended up completely replacing the oil and changing out the air filter. The difference was astounding. My car seemed to have more power, and so I decided to keep going with my little tune-ups. This blog is all about improving your car one thing at a time and knowing what to do if you encounter car problems when you are on the road.


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What Causes Your Brakes To Squeak?

Squeaky brakes are annoying to the driver and passengers, but the car is most likely demanding an inspection or a brake job. Several reasons can be to blame including moisture causing rust in the brake rotor or worn out pads. If you are not the do-it-yourself mechanic, it is probably time for a professional diagnostic visit to the mechanic's station.

They Could Be Worn Out

It is estimated that front brake pads last approximately 30,000 to 35,000 miles, whereas the rear pads should last double that time. This will also depend on whether you have a lot of in-town driving or more traveling on the road. Test the brake pads by driving about one-tenth of a mile at normal speed while lightly applying the brakes.

If there is any debris or rust on them, the friction should remove it. If the squeak continues, it probably means you need to go for a routine checkup.

How To Tell If They Are Worn Out

When the brake pads become thin and worn, a squeak will be evident. Tabs are made of hard steel and are attached by a push-on clip, rivet, or welding. These tabs are wear indicators that will hit the rotor before the pad becomes metal-to-metal.

When this happens, it is time to find a shop because the car cannot stop effectively. Not only is your safety at risk, but you could also further damage the rotor's smooth surface by scratching it with the indicator tab.

They Could Be Cheap Brakes

Brake pads are meant to wear for many miles, but it is best to purchase a high-quality product. Many of the cheaper versions have large chunks of metal pieces crunched together. When the pieces work apart, you might notice a high-pitched squeak.

You should search for pads with organic materials including Kevlar, fiber, resin, or rubber to help reduce the metal shavings in the pad. You will also eliminate the unsightly dust discoloration on aluminum or chrome wheels. It is advisable to spend a bit more money than to purchase a low-quality pad.

Your vehicle is one of the most essential items you will own, and the brakes must be kept functional for your safety. These are just some of the reasons you should be aware of, but you also have to realize that maybe they are okay. However, it is best to have the problem diagnosed by a professional like one from Hudson Goodyear. If someone does a brake job and doesn't do it right, the squeaking could get worse.