Is Brake Noise a Sign That You Need Brake Repair?
Brakes are one of the most important safety features in cars. Therefore, many drivers worry when they hear brake noise. Is such a noise a sign that you need brake repair? Sometimes it is. However, noisy brakes don’t necessarily mean malfunctioning brakes.
Brake noise can be affected by different driving conditions, such as dusty or sandy conditions, severe braking, humidity, etc. Newer cars have semi-metallic brake pads which are harder and can create a high-pitched noise. Semi-metallic brake pads are safer and longer lasting than traditional asbestos material. Also, a high-pitched squeal frequently happens on smaller cars, and some brands can be noisier than others.
In most cases, you hear a brake rattle when you let off the pedal. The sound is usually caused by the brake pads. They can rattle due to heat expansion. ...[more]
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