Is there really anything worse than pulling up to the function with a set of squeaky brakes? Not only does it cheapen the look of your car, it's really just an awful freakin' noise. That's why we're here today to tell you guys how to stop your brakes from squeaking. The best part? It won't cost you an arm and a leg like most mechanical issues do. The first step, however, is to figure out why your brakes are squeaking. If you don't know the full extent of the problem, there's no way you're going to find a solution, right? Right.
OK, so, there are a few different reasons why your brakes are making noise. For starters, they could simply be worn out. It could be worn out brake pads, worn out brake rotors, or both. As you'll see in the video below, it's best to check the brake pads first. That's typically where the noise is coming from.
A second reason, that's less common, is dirty or contaminated brake pads/rotors. No, that's not the same as being "worn out". Worn out is the implication that they need to be replaced, contaminated means they just need to be cleaned! Which ChrisFix on YouTube, will explain throughly in the video below, as well as the following three reasons — brake hardware, brake lubrication, and the dust shield.
As you saw in the video above, a majority of these issues can be fixed without the assistance of a mechanic. Again, you just need to examine the reason your brakes are squeaking with a keen eye. If you're not well-versed in the auto body arts, follow the same procedure as Chris did. To reiterate, check the brake pad/brake rotor for wear and tare, follow by brake contamination, brake hardware, brake lubrication, and the dust shield. If you're having a hard time remembering that, maybe try and come up with a clever acronym!
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