What to do when you Hear a High-Pitched Sound when Applying Breaks

The brakes of your car are some of the most crucial parts of the car. Numerous accidents happen every day when brakes fail and thus they should always be in good condition. One problem that you may experience with brakes is a high-pitched noise when applied. It’s like they are squeaking whenever you step on them. This could be due to several reasons and whenever you notice the problem, it should be fixed immediately.

What Causes High-Pitched Sound?

The squeaking like the sound is heard when the brake pads start vibrating. The metal part is worn out and due to the fact that it is no longer tightly secured, it starts vibrating. The brake pads metal plate slaps against the calliper’s metal quite fast. The car should be taken to a mechanic to have it sorted out.

Types of Brake Squeaks

There are two types of brakes which are drum and disc brakes. They can all give the high-pitched sounds when they are applied due to various reasons.

·         Dew, overnight rain and condensation moisture are some of the reasons disc brakes squeak in the morning.

·         Disc brakes could also be squeaking due to thinning brakes

·         Generic, aftermarket or cheap brake pads could also lead to the squeaking of disc brakes

·         Shoe-to-backing-plate contact points will need lubrication at some point. When this is due, rear drum brake squeaks.

When should Brake Pads Be Changed

This highly depends on how often the car is driven and the overall driving habits. For a car that is driven a lot such as those doing deliveries, the brake pads should be changed more often or at least after every 15,000 miles. For a personal car that is not used often, they are best changed after every 100,000 miles.

When changing, ensure that you use quality brake pads as aftermarket ones could give you more issues. Although it’s easy to change the pads when you have the knowledge, it’s advisable that you let an expert do it.

When you hear a squealing sound whenever you apply the brakes, have it checked and fixed. At times even new brakes can squeak. In such a case, the calliper-to-pad contact points should be lubricated by an experienced mechanic. This is a problem that can be experienced regardless of the type of brake pads and although it can be annoying, the brakes will still function.