Why are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake Repair

When it comes to taking care of your ride in chilly New England, our team at Mercedes-Benz of Hanover is the best of the best. That’s because we’re wholly focused on setting you up with a machine that you’ll love as well as a team that can take care of your service in the long run. So, where do we begin?

Let’s start with a question: You might be wondering, why are my brakes squeaking? We think we’ve got the answer for that. Interested drivers near Hanover, Plymouth, and Braintree, Massachusetts, should read on for more information.

The First Possibility: Worn Brake Pads

Mercedes-Benz Technician working on the brakesFirst and foremost, it’s good to know that there are a few reasons why your brakes might be squeaking. Usually, this typically culminates in a replacement, but you always want to keep in mind the various possibilities. The most likely scenario, though, is that your brake pads have been worn down.

When brake pads are worn, they make squeaking and grinding sounds when you stop or try to brake. This sound occurs because when the pads run thin, they strike a metal indicator that’s designed to emit this noise. It’s to alert you that your brake pads are due for replacement.

Other possibilities include a layer of rust on the brake pads. It’s always a good idea to get them checked out.

Follow-Up Possibilities: Debris

What’s more, is that there’s always the possibility that your brake pads are experiencing complications from the addition of debris. This could be mud, dirt, and twigs—you name it. These are natural things you encounter while driving—or conversely, if your car hasn’t been driven for a while—so these components sit between your pad and rotor.

To clear your brakes, you can spray a cleaner on them or you can use them (cautiously) as repeated usage should discard the debris after a short time.

Is it the Way I Brake?

Fresh brake rotorsThis may seem like an insignificant reason in comparison to the others, but it’s true, there’s a possibility that the reason for squeaking brakes is because of your driving habits. This is because braking is designed to create friction—after all, that’s how you stop—but it simultaneously generates a significant amount of heat.

Consequently, this heat can smoothen your brake pads, therefore “glazing” them. “Glazing” occurs at a high temperature, and once your brakes have been glazed, they need to be replaced. This is another reason why finding out why your brakes are squeaking sooner, rather than later, is much more beneficial to you in the long run.


Set Up Service with Mercedes-Benz of Hanover Today!

Now that you have an answer to the question: “Why are my brakes squeaking?,” what do you think? Does our team take care of everything you’re looking for? If so, you know who to call to get started on your most necessary service items.

Drivers near Hanover, Plymouth, and Braintree, MA, should contact our team at Mercedes-Benz of Hanover. We’ll help you get your ride back in top shape and have you back on the go before you know it. Contact us today!

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