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Why Are My New Brakes Squeaking and Noisy Rockhampton

You just got new brake pads! Down the road, however, you start hearing squeaking noise coming from your brakes Get the rundown of what’s normal, what’s not.

Are Your New Brakes Squeaking?

You pull away from your car repair shop, feeling safer and more in control of your car. You just got new brake pads! A couple of Ks down the road, however, you start hearing a noise coming from your brakes: sqeeuuaaaaaak! New brakes aren’t supposed to squeak, are they? While some noises may be normal after a brake pad replacement, others can point to a brake issue. Get the rundown of what’s normal, what’s not, and when it may be time to get professional help to evaluate your brakes.


Normal New Brake Squeal

Moisture. Moisture from rain, ice, and snow build up on your pads and rotors — two parts that touch when you push down on the brake pedal. Likewise, overnight condensation accumulating on the metal rotors can create surface rust that requires a few braking occurences in the morning to wipe away. These parts can make a squeaking noise when covered with surface rust. The noise should subside as you drive.

Heavy Use. Equipped with new brake pads, you’re ready to take your car to new heights — the mountains! As you drive back home at the end of the day, however, you start hearing brake squeals. Oh no? Not yet! Has your foot been on the brake pedal the whole drive down the mountain? Are you riding the brakes? Constant pressure on the brake pedal and aggressive stopping can cause your brakes to get really, really hot and emit an audible squeak or chatter. To troubleshoot this new brake sound, pull over to a safe place, turn off your car, and give your brakes a break. Treat yourself to a coffee! Be aware that if this brake overheating persists, the damage may need to be resolved by a brake professional. Contact Us if you would like more information on this service.

Some Lingering “Break-In” Highway Auto Brakes will take care of the initial “break-in” of your new brake pads once they are installed. The break-in process ensures your new pads come into contact with the rotors in just the right way, and reduces the chance of glazing and squeaking. Even though your Highway Auto tech will take care of the initial “break-in” for you, your pads might need a few more kilometers to get acquainted with your rotors, especially if you’re getting all new rotors, too. So go easy on your brake pads for a while. Avoid slamming on the brakes and try to come to slow, gentle stops. Contact Us if you would like more information on this service.

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Taking Care of New Brake Pads.

Caring for your new brake pads from the beginning can help them last longer and perform better.

  • Start by slowing down and keeping your eyes on the road. This can help you avoid slamming on the brakes and creating more friction (heat) than necessary in your brake system.✓
  • Don’t “two-foot” your pedals. If you keep one foot on the accelerator pedal and one foot on the brake pedal at all times, this can lead to you accidentally “tapping” your brakes pretty often. Brake “taps” do little to slow down your car, but a lot when it comes to wearing out your brake pads. (Plus, “two-footing” is a big Driver’s no-no!) ✓
  • If the controller senses an unnatural deceleration occurring, it uses a valve in the brake line to decrease pressure on that particular wheel. This causes an acceleration.
  • Coast instead of brake. When possible, let your car coast to help it slow down and stop instead of braking. Only carry what you need to. Still carting around bags full of old clothes to donate? How about boxes of tools and books or last season’s golf clubs that you never got rid of? It’s time to lighten your load a bit! All that extra weight in your car can add up, putting a larger burden on your brake pads when you try to stop. Eventually, this can lead to premature brake pad wear. ✓

You depend on your brakes to slow and stop your vehicle and keep you safe on the road. That’s why you should never wait when you have a question about your brakes, no matter if you just had your brake pads replaced or not. Head to your nearest Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for expert answers to your brake questions and a free brake inspection!
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Help your brake pads last longer

1.) Slow Down Driving fast goes with braking fast, a reaction like melting butter. That fast braking generates a lot of friction, which increases wear on your brake pads and shortens their lifespan. Driving fast also burns more fuel, so it’ll wear out your wallet too!

2.) Don’t Ride Your Brakes Heading down a steep hill? Don’t push the brake pedal all the way down. Instead, downshift (if you drive a manual) if you want to slow your roll and work on perfecting the art of coasting (if you drive an automatic).

3.) Lose Some Weight Shed extra pounds, if possible. Driving around with a heavy load means your brake pads have to work harder to stop your vehicle. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, like when you’re driving around with friends or moving furniture. Other times, though, you can avoid it! Removing anything from your trunk, backseat, and/or roof cargo carrier that you don’t need can help give your brakes a much-deserved break. Less weight means you will improve fuel economy, too!

4.)Use “Engine Braking” When you see that you’ll have to brake shortly, whether from a red light or heavy traffic, take your foot off the accelerator. Doing this disengages the engine and lightens the load on your brakes when you do eventually have to stop. “Engine braking,” as it’s called, helps slow your car without applying the brakes. This means less wear and less heat on your brake pads and brake system!

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power

Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!

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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.
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