Why are my brakes squealing? Do I need brakes?
Not necessarily. A certain amount of brake noise is considered “normal” these days because of the harder semi-metallic brake pads that are used in most front-wheel drive cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. This type of noise does not affect braking performance and does not indicate a brake problem. However, if the noise is objectionable, there are ways to eliminate it.
Brake squeal might be eliminated just by having one of Rick Case’s ASE-Certified Technicians – Mechanics resurface your brake rotors.
Some brands of semi-metallic pads are inherently noisier than others because of the ingredients used in the manufacture of the friction material. Strange as it may sound, less expensive brake pads are sometimes quieter than premium quality or original equipment pads. That’s because the cheaper pads contain softer materials that do not wear as well, meaning the brake pads will wear out a lot faster. For that reason, they are not recommended. Premium quality pads should cause no noise problems when installed properly and will give you better brake performance and longer life.
Conditions that can contribute to a disc brake noise problem include glazed or worn rotors, too rough a finish on resurfaced rotors, loose brake pads, missing pad insulators, shims, springs or anti rattle clips, rusty or corroded caliper mounts, worn caliper mounts, and loose caliper mounting hardware.
If you begin to hear brake squeal when you step on your brake pedal, you could just need a brake service.
Need to get your brakes serviced?
You can get your car serviced at Rick Case Maserati located in 3500 Weston Road Davie, FL 33331, by setting up an appointment online or call (954) 621-1267.
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