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Squeaking Brakes

Squeaking brakes

Your brakes are the most important safety device on your vehicle, so keeping them in good condition should always be a priority. If while driving you notice any peculiar squeaking, grinding, or screeching each time you step down on the brake pedal, it’s a clear sign of a deeper issue.

At Kia of Des Moines, our team of highly skilled technicians are committed to providing honest and thorough care for drivers throughout Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny. So, if your brakes currently sound like nails on a chalkboard, continue reading to learn why this is, along with the steps to remedy your squeaking brakes today!  Schedule a service appointment to get started.

Types of Brakes

Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, its braking system will generally fall between two common styles: disc brakes and drum brakes. Understanding the difference can help you better identify the root of the squeaking brakes and whether additional action needs to be taken.

  • Disc Brakes – Most brakes on the road today fall into this category. Disc brakes use a brake pad which presses the wheels’ rotor to stop the vehicle.
  • Drum Brakes – Located on the back two wheels, drum brakes use a curved piece commonly called a “shoe” which presses against a hollow drum to stop the vehicle.

squeaking brakes

Most brakes will squeak from time to time due to moisture that collects on the surface of the tire’s rotors. You might notice this after your vehicle sits through a heavy rain storm. This high-pitched squeal should taper off over time and is no need for alarm.

Should you notice any unusual grinding or squealing, or if it takes you longer to come to a complete stop, immediately schedule a service appointment at your earliest opportunity.

3 Reasons Your Brakes Are Squeaking

  1. Worn Brake Pads. The most common reason you have squeaking brakes is all by design; inside most brake pads exists a small, metal indicator that alerts you when you’re close to needing your brake pads replaced.  When the brake pad wears down, this indicator becomes exposed, resulting in that infamous, high-pitched squeal.  Visit our service center to have your brakes replaced.
  1. Rusty Rotors. If you regularly park your car outside, the metal on your brake’s rotors run a higher risk of oxidizing. This is common on older vehicles and requires the rotors to be refurbished or fully replaced.
  1.  Loose Brake Parts. Your brakes contain a complex system of components including: rotors, discs, calipers, and hoses which carry lubricant. If you regularly travel over rough roads, these parts can start to loosen and vibrate. This can create a grinding sound that’s easily fixed by having your brakes tightened.

Aside from these common issues, your tires might also need an alignment. If you notice while traveling down a straight road, your car tends to pull to one side, your vehicle’s suspension might just be out of sorts.

Fix Your Squeaking Brakes Today!

If you live in Des Moines, West Des Moines, or Ankeny and notice your vehicle has squeaking brakes, don’t ignore it. Instead, stop by or contact our Kia of Des Moines Service Center where our friendly and experienced team can get your vehicle back to running at peak performance.

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