There are a lot of reasons why your brakes are making noises. The first thing you need to do is stop driving. Then, you need to figure out what kind of noise you’re hearing. That’ll help you pinpoint what’s going on.
Ideally, you would take your car to a repair shop when you hear a noise. Faulty brakes are not to be trusted. You can also check things out on your own.
I’m going to try to guide you through the most common brake issues and sounds you may hear. It usually comes down to brake pads or rotors – but let’s go through the list together.
Causes for your car brakes to creak
- Brakes need adjustment
- You may need to replace your rotors, pads, or discs
- Your brakes are overheating and you need to stop driving for a while
- Something is loose inside your brakes or wheels
- There’s rust buildup in your brakes
- It’s time to replace your brakes
Types of sounds you may hear from broken brakes
This type of sound is probably the best scenario possible – but it still represents bad news. Squealing comes from having rust buildup in your brakes. If you drove around under the rain, that’s probably what caused it. I’d recommend cleaning things up and removing any hint of rust you may find just in case.
This sound is the one you don’t want to hear. It means your car has low-quality brakes and that you need to replace them for something better. It could also mean your brake pads are worn out, and you need to replace them. Either way, you need to check for faulty parts and replace them.
A grinding noise is a very distinct sound, and it’s one that you’ll notice right away. More importantly, it’s the one telling you to park your car right away. A grinding noise tells you the brake pads are completely worn out, and the caliper and rotor are touching each other every time you brake.
Is it normal for my car brakes to make noises?
If you hear your car brakes making any noise whatsoever, something has gone wrong. At best, you have a little rust build-up somewhere; at worst, your brakes are not working properly – and will not help you to stop your car when needed.
What’s the worst that could happen if you continue to drive with faulty brakes?
You could end up in a car accident. We take brakes for granted, but they are the force stopping us from crashing all the time.
Now, you might think your brakes are not that bad yet. I’ll explain the different issues that could cause your brakes to make noises below.
For now, let me tell you that the sound is a warning sign – if you ignore it, things can and will get worse for your brakes (and yourself).
So, fix the issues first and continue to drive after. Anything other than that could lead to a pretty nasty ending for your car. I don’t want that to happen!
How do I stop my car from creaking?
A creaking car brake isn’t going to fix itself. You need to roll up your sleeves and try to figure out what’s wrong under the hood. More often than not, creaking noises come from loose parts in the front wheels or issues with the brake rotors or pads.
Here’s the thing: a car making noises is uncommon – so you’ll have to do a little digging before you can pinpoint what’s going on.
I know my way around cars, but maybe you don’t. I’ll tell you what I tell my friends when they have car problems: if you feel like losing a weekend playing mechanic, be my guest; otherwise, take your car to a repair shop, especially when it comes to brakes.
How to repair noisy car brakes
Take your car to the repair shop:
Yes, I’ll repeat it: it’s not worth it to risk it when it comes to brakes. You should let a professional handle this issue if you don’t know that much about cars – because, you know, brakes are that one thing that prevents accidents from happening.
Find loose parts and adjust them:
The sound may be coming from your wheels. If you suspect that’s the case, you should disassemble them and looks for loose parts. You should also look for worn-out or missing parts as both things could be an issue.
Check your brake pads and rotors:
Pads and rotors can (and will) be worn out after a while. If you have an old car or a second-hand car, any of these parts could be causing issues. Inspect them and see if that’s the problem. Then, replace the faulty parts.
Is it safe to drive if my car brakes make a creaking noise?
Driving with faulty brakes is not safe at all. You should stop driving as soon as possible the moment you hear weird noises coming from your brakes. These noises could point out something bad is about to happen or already happened – endangering both you and your car.
Now, allow me to explain something real quick: it’s not the same to hear a noise when you’re braking as it is to hear a noise when you brake.
The first one happens when you slow down the car. The second one happens when you push the brake pedal even when you’re parked.
Alright, in scenario number one, you could have plenty of issues. I have covered them above.
Scenario number two is a more specific issue, and it usually means rust in your brake pads – so it’s time to change them.
Please, do not take my word as a flawless diagnosis. I’m trying to guide you in the right direction. You still have to check everything by yourself and figure out what’s going on.
And, you know, don’t drive with faulty brakes. Make sure you know what’s wrong before you drive again.