Much like that toothache, the squealing sound emitted by your car’s brakes can have various causes. Dust, debris, rust, and worn-out brake pads are just a few culprits that can turn your peaceful drive into a symphony of squeaks. But how do you distinguish between normal and abnormal brake noise? Well, if the squeaking is louder and persistent, it might signal a more significant issue such as the brake pads wearing down to the metal backplate, creating an unpleasant grinding noise. In this case, your brakes might be squeaking for a more serious reason and should be checked immediately.

Although you can’t inspect brake pads as easily as checking your oil or windshield wiper fluid, the noise they emit should not be ignored. Different brake pad types, such as organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic, can also play a role in the symphony of squeaks your car produces. Selecting the right type can help prevent unnecessary noise and ensure a smoother journey.
Worn Brake Pads

Imagine walking in a pair of shoes with worn-out soles. Every step is uncomfortable, and you constantly worry about slipping. Similarly, worn brake pads can make your vehicle’s journey uneasy. Brake pads have metal wear indicators that emit a squeaking sound when it’s time to replace them. Think of these indicators as a built-in alarm system for your vehicle, alerting you when the pads are nearing retirement.