In an ideal world a gentle hum is all the sound that your car should be producing. However we all know this isn’t always what actually happens, your car can produce many annoying sounds. Between those noises comes the squeak from the breaks, and sometimes it just gets worse over time. All Service Oil is taking this post as an opportunity to talk about the four most common reasons why your breaks are squeaking. Hopefully this post will help you understand your brakes a little better. Don’t forget that some of the other annoying vehicle sounds can be improved by getting a synthetic oil change in Anoka County.
Types of brakes
There are two types of bakes, depending on how old your car is:
Disc brakes: most cars today have a disc brake on each of the four wheels. The brake pads press against the discs when you’re stopping the car.
Drum brakes: older cars have these brakes on the rear wheels.
Of course you’ve noticed how you breaks squeak after sitting overnight, the culprit is the moisture that gathers on the surface of the rotors. In fact, you’ve probably heard the same squeak right after you wash your car.
A thin layer of rust is formed on the rotor surface when moisture is collected on the breaks. When the rotor turns, the rust get scraped off by the brake pads and get stuck there. The tiny rust particles get embedded into the leading edge of the pad and so your brakes squeak.
The one way you can prevent this squeak is by parking your car in a climate controlled environment. As for the squeak after the wash, well you are just going to have to wait until it completely dries off.
Thinning Bake Pads
As the brake pads get older and thinner they can start squeaking. It happens when the pads are really thin and worn out. When you hear that squeak it probably is a sign that it’s time to change the brake pads.
How can you know that the squeak is coming from worn out brake pads? The manufactures attach little steel tabs to the breaks, these are called the wear indicators. They can be welded or clipped on the edge of the brake pad backing. When they start hitting the rotor that’s when you know the break pad is almost gone. You need to replace them before there’s metal on metal happening and breaking becomes difficult and dangerous.
While you are getting your brake pads replaces, get a synthetic oil change too. Give your car a treat and buy AMSOIL synthetic oil. If you are interested in acquiring AMSOIL products in Anoka County, you better call All Service Oil at: (763) 257-3130. Your car will thank you for all those new pieces.
Metal Content in Brake Pads
It’s normal for brake pads to have tiny pieces of metal even if they’re high quality, but if they are bad quality they’re likely to have more and bigger chunks of metal pressed into the pad. The large metal pieces can scratch the rotor and cause more squeaking sounds.
If you don’t invest in quality brake pads since the beginning you’ll have to keep listening to that horrible squeal for the duration of you break pads, which is around 30,000 to 40,000 miles. Is not even that much of price difference between good brake pads and “cheaper” ones. You want to look for brake pads that have a high content of organic material: rubber, resin, fiber, etc. The higher the amount of organic brake material the less metal the pad will have, therefore less squeaking.
Unlubricated Drum Brakes
When your rear brakes squeak after you hit the brake pedal it’s because they need lubrication. If you don’t lubricate them the metal will start to rust. When the rust beings the backing plates and the shoes will start to scrape against each other and squeak as the wheels turn. Although most new cars have disc brakes and all wheels, there are still some that have drum brakes on the rear wheels. You can avoid this squeaking completely by keeping the contact points fully lubricated.
Synthetic Oil Change in Anoka County
Your engine is another part that needs to be fully lubricated to do a proper job. Get an AMSOIL synthetic oil change and relax knowing that you are giving your vehicle the best products in the market. Call All Service Oil at: 763) 257-3130 to get any AMSOIL automotive product you need and ask them to tell you more about the many benefits of getting a synthetic oil change in Anoka County.