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My brakes are squealing. Does that mean I need a brake job?

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Ask the Expert

Brandon Borck

Not necessarily. A certain amount of brake noise is considered 'normal' these days because of the harder semi-metalic brake pads that are used in most front-wheel drive cars and minivans. This type of noise does not affect performance and does not indicate a brake problem.

 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. Drum noise may be due to loose or broken parts inside the drum.

 If you hear metallic scraping noises, on the other hand, it usually means your brake linings are worn out and need to be replaced--especially if your brake pedal feels low or you've noticed any change in the way your vehicle brakes, (if it pulls to one side when braking, it requires more pedal effort, etc.)

 In any event, noisy brakes should always be inspected to determine whether or not there is a problem.

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