Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Finding the perfect soundtrack for your daily commute can feel essential. Surveys suggest that 70% of us listen to some kind of audio content on the road.

Unfortunately, one frustrating car issue can ruin that soundtrack: squeaky brakes.

If your brakes are squealing over your tunes, it’s time to contact an expert brake service. Left unchecked, this issue can ruin more than just your commute! Let’s look at why these sounds might be happening.

Worn or Thinning Brake Pads

This is the most common culprit for squeaky brakes. As brake pads grow thin with age, their metal indicator begins to make contact with the rotor. This intentional design gives drivers an early warning before their brake pads fail.

Left unchecked, the squeak from thinning brake pads will turn into a louder grinding sound. This can be a sign that you need new brake pads and rotors. Avoid the extra cost by getting brake repair early!

Dust, Rust, or Debris

Every once in a while, dust, mud, rust, and other debris may build on your rotors or brake pads. This is more common if you drive your car in extreme weather conditions or leave it to collect dust.

Fortunately, this is often an easy fix. Cleaning, sanding down, or applying lubricant to your rotor or brake pads may be all you need. Ask a professional to help you understand the source of your debris and how to address it.

Poor Installation

Sometimes, your brake problems may have started at the moment of installation. Cheap or incorrect brake pads don’t work as well as high-quality parts that match your make and model. The friction from rubbing or grinding components can even damage your ride.

If you think a previous installation may be to blame for your squeaky brakes, bring your car to a reputable, well-reviewed auto service company for help.

The Brake Pad Material

If you’ve switched out your brake pads recently, the unfamiliar squeaks may make you think the installation is to blame. However, if your brake pads are a different material than your old ones, you may not be used to the sounds they make.

Semi-metallic brake pads tend to cause more squealing and grinding than their organic or ceramic relatives. Often, these sounds will stop once you’ve broken in the pads with regular driving.


Not all squeaky brake issues need immediate auto care. In some cases, the problem may be something minor: excess moisture.

Morning condensation, heavy rain, and even high humidity can cause your brakes to squeal. The best way to resolve the issue is to drive. Once the brake pads and rotors have warmed up, dispelling moisture and even light rust, you should notice the squeaking sound stop.

Get Expert Brake Service Now

There are plenty of reasons why you might hear squeaking sounds every time you hit the brakes, but you don’t have to troubleshoot the problem alone. Though the common causes above can help, talking to an experienced brake service technician is always your best bet.

At Day Heights Auto Service, we’d be happy to help you find the root cause! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.