Third, things like a vehicle sitting for a long time in a moist environment can cause brake squealing. The same goes for driving in locations with high amounts of dust and debris. Both moisture and dirt can cause your brakes to squeal. Neither requires getting your brakes services.
Regardless, if you notice new brake noise including squealing, it’s a good idea to get it checked out promptly.
Why Does My Car Make Strange Noises When Braking?
As mentioned before, brake noise can mean a whole host of different problems. What’s more important than just the noise you’re hearing are any symptoms of brake deficiencies that go along with it. Being aware of the signs and symptoms of brake system issues is the best way to quickly get your car diagnosed with a problem.
So, how do you know what the noise you’re hearing means anyways? Here’s a breakdown of sounds, signs, and symptoms of each potential brake issue that could be happening to your car.
As explained above, squealing could really mean virtually anything when it comes to brake squeal. The most common cause of brake squealing is moisture or dirt in your brake pads or rotors. However, if you notice vibration while braking, softer or squishy brakes, or find that you have to push harder on the brake pedal to slow your vehicle, then you might actually need to have your brakes serviced.
The squeal is caused by something called a “squealer”, which does exactly what it implies. The purpose of the squealer is to let you know when your brakes have worn down to where they need replacing. When dirt or moisture isn’t the culprit, excessive brake wear is.
Fortunately, if you are in need of all new brakes, and/or a complete brake job, More Cash For Scrap buys vehicles with major mechanical issues, including faulty or worn-down braking systems. If our friends at Midas Vancouver told you that you have a hefty bill coming to keep your car on the road safely, it might be a better idea to scrap it for cash instead, and get into something newer.
Brake grinding is something you can not only hear, but you can also usually feel. When your brakes grind, you know it. The sound is that of a low growl, that is typically also accompanied by vibration. This is because when brakes are grinding, they are usually rubbing metal on metal.
When you experience brake grinding, it’s because your brake pads are coming into contact with your rotors. This is usually caused by:
- Worn-out brake pads
- Wheel bearing issues
- Warped, rusted, or otherwise damaged rotor
- Low quality brake pads
- Dirt or debris stuck in the caliper
- Improper installation of brake pads or rotors
Brakes are an essential safety system on your vehicle. If you notice your steering wheel shaking, vibrating, or pulling to one side while braking, combined with a grinding noise, you should get your car into a mechanic A.S.A.P.
For many of us, hissing isn’t a sound we associate with our braking system failing. However, while it doesn’t mean that your brake pads or rotors are in trouble, it does indicate that there could be a potential leak in your brake line.
Just like when you fill up an air mattress or pool floatie and hear that dreaded hissing sound, it means there’s a hole somewhere. Finding a hole in your braking system on your own is next to impossible, so make sure you have a proper mechanic do the dirty work for you. For those of us who spend 5 days a week traversing Downtown Vancouver rush hour traffic, we know that good brakes are a necessity.
If they tell you that you need a whole new brake line and your car is too old to make it worth fixing, you can scrap your car with More Cash For Scrap. We buy vehicles with ANY mechanical problems, including cars that need a complete, and very expensive, brake job.
If you notice a distinct scraping noise while braking or particularly while turning, it could mean that your brakes need replacing or servicing.
When your vehicle’s brakes make a scraping sound, it could mean that they need to be lubricated. It can also mean that there is a possible malfunction of one or more components in your vehicle’s brake system.
While you may not notice a difference in your stopping power, leaving this issue unchecked can result in something more catastrophic. Take your car to the mechanic for a checkup if you hear a scraping sound while braking or turning.
Does it sound like you’re shaking a can of spray paint when you brake? If so, you may be in need of a brake job. Particularly because a rattling noise can be caused by several different factors.