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Sometimes noises are no big deal, but sometimes they are. Let’s start with issues that aren’t too big of a deal. If you have squealing or squeaking brake problems, you don’t have to panic. It’s a good bet the causes are one of the following:
- Worn Brake Pads: Brake pads are designed to let you know they need to be replaced by loudly squeaking when you apply the brakes. Don’t ignore the squeaks. Replace.
- Brake Pads Vibrating: There’s a metal gasket between the brake pad and the piston. That gasket absorbs vibrations that can increase in frequency until “squealing.” If the gaskets are missing, replace them. You can also purchase and try special anti-squeal lubricants.
- Worn Hardware: The clips can hold your brake pads, but they wear out along with the pads. Replacing them with every brake job can eliminate noise an additional 50% to 100%.