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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking After Just Being Replaced?

If you recently replaced your brakes and are now experiencing squeaking noises, don’t panic! It’s common for new brakes to make some noise during the break-in period. However, if the noise persists or becomes louder over time, it may be an indication of a more serious issue. In this blog, we’ll discuss the possible causes of brake squeaking after just being replaced and what you can do to resolve the issue.

Break-in period

During the first 200 to 300 miles of use, new brake pads and rotors need to go through a break-in period. This period allows for the transfer of a thin layer of material from the brake pad to the rotor, creating a smooth and consistent braking surface. During this time, some noise may occur as the pads and rotors wear in.

Brake pad material

The type of brake pad material can also contribute to brake noise. Some materials are inherently noisier than others, and certain types of metallic pads can create a squeaking noise. If you’ve recently switched to a new type of brake pad material, it may take some time to get used to the new sound.

Rotor condition

If the brake rotors were not replaced when the pads were changed, they may be the cause of the noise. Worn or damaged rotors can cause the brake pads to vibrate, creating a squeaking or grinding noise.

Caliper condition

The calipers are responsible for holding the brake pads in place and allowing them to move freely. If the calipers are sticking or not functioning correctly, the brake pads may not be able to move as they should, causing noise.

Lubrication

Proper lubrication is essential for the smooth operation of the brake system. If the brake pads were not lubricated during installation, they may not be able to move freely and can create noise.

Pad shims

Some brake pads come with shims that can help to dampen noise. If these shims were not installed correctly or were left out altogether, it can lead to squeaking.

Brake dust and debris

Brake dust and debris can accumulate on the pads and rotors, creating noise as the brakes are applied. Regular cleaning of the brake system can help to reduce the buildup of dust and debris.

Rotor runout or warping

If the brake rotors are not installed correctly, they can become warped or develop runout. This can cause the brake pads to vibrate, creating noise.

Improper installation

If the brake pads were not installed correctly, they may not be able to move freely, causing noise. It’s important to ensure that the pads are installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pad glazing

If the brake pads get too hot during use, they can develop a glaze on the surface. This glaze can create a squeaking noise when the brakes are applied.

Low-quality parts

Using low-quality brake pads or rotors can also contribute to noise. These parts may not be manufactured to the same standards as higher quality parts and can wear unevenly or create noise.

Weather conditions

Cold weather can cause the brake pads to become harder, leading to noise during braking. This is typically a temporary issue that will resolve as the brakes warm up.

Driving habits

Hard braking or riding the brakes can cause excess wear on the pads and rotors, leading to noise. Avoiding these habits can help to reduce noise and prolong the life of the brake system.

Brake system contamination

Contamination of the brake system with oil or other substances can cause the brake pads to slip and create noise.

In conclusion

Replacing brakes may seem like a simple task but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. It is always recommended to follow your manufactures guide when replacing your brakes.