With any car, problems may occasionally arise out of thin air. Of course, frequent maintenance checks can give you a chance to avoid future issues, but everyday issues can still happen at any time. One of those concerns might be squeaky brakes, and there are ways to avoid this, depending on if they are new or older. Brake squeaking is likely the result of your driving habits or even driving conditions. Here we’ll give you a breakdown of some frequent causes as to why your brakes are screeching, how long your brake pads should last, and when to change them.
This might surprise you, but one cause of brake screeching is that your brakes are simply just too new. Your vehicle’s brake pads might need a few more trips to work to get accustomed to the car. Sometimes weather conditions could lead to moisture covering your brakes, and it may take a while to get rid of that moisture. Additionally, how you drive may create brake squeaking. Late braking or “riding” your brakes may cause brake squeaking, even if they are brand-new. If this is the case, try giving your brakes a break to help avoid making more friction.
Worn-down brakes are typically the reason you might hear that squeaking also. Throughout the years, parts on any vehicle will likely start to wear down due to moisture, driving habits, if it is garaged, and rust. The easy fix is to just get those brakes replaced with new parts. However, a change in how you drive could extend the life of the brake pads.
The life of brake pads can last years, based on the way drivers treat the brake pads. Understanding how you drive is even more important, as it can help you realize when to replace the brake pads. Brake pads generally last 25,000-65,000 miles, but driving habits play a crucial position. Braking hard and riding the brakes (when a foot is always on the brake pedal) places heat and pressure on the brake pads and could lead to shrinking their life. If squeaking begins to occur, you should get them replaced and think about changing your driving habits to extend the pad’s lifespan.
Contact us at Bob Howard Hyundai if you think your brake pads need to be changed. Our team of professionals is ready to take all of the guesswork out of figuring out the specific brake service your car or SUV needs. We will happily service your vehicle no matter its make or model. Schedule your brake service appointment today.