Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brakes

As a crucial safety feature, the brakes need to be in tip-top shape at all times. Otherwise, you risk getting into an accident around Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores.

That’s why if you hear anything out of the ordinary, like squealing brakes, you’ll want to tackle the issue right away. You may be wondering, though, why your brakes are squeaking in the first place.

We’ll address that inquiry below. Then, you can always contact MINI of Annapolis for brake service.

Normal Brake Noises

The brakes can emit noises that are completely normal to hear. For example, you may be carrying a lot of cargo inside your vehicle or trailering heavy loads. This can put a great deal of pressure on the brakes, which can cause them to heat and swell, resulting in a squeaking noise.

Additionally, you may hear swishing or squealing the first couple of times you hit the brakes in the morning. This usually stems from the pads warming up and getting rid of any moisture accrued overnight.

This is often noticeable when you drive your car first thing in the morning after a rainy or dewy night. That’s when the brake pads are sweeping off a fine film of rust built up on the brake discs. If the noises stop after the first few brake applications, then you’re good to go.

When Squeaks Signify More

However, if the noises persist, you’ll want to have the brakes looked at sooner rather than later.

If you hear a constant high-pitched squealing while driving, you may need new brake pads. Most pads contain a small-metal tab known as a built-in wear indicator. When the pad wears down, that tab contacts the surface of the rotor. At that point, the brake pad has gotten too thin to safely bring your MINI Cooper to a stop. Therefore, if the squeaking doesn’t stop, you’ll want to get the pads looked at and potentially replaced.

Another reason why you may hear the brakes squeaking is due to parts that need to be lubricated, cleaned, or replaced. If you have an uneven brake rotor, for example, it could cause vibrations that would emit a squealing noise.

Getting Your Brakes Checked Out

Because there are lots of potentially different reasons why the brakes could be squeaking, you’ll want to have them looked at by a professional as soon as possible. You can do just that at our state-of-the-art service center.

Our certified technicians have tons of experience working with brakes on MINI Cooper models and other vehicles. Therefore, they can accurately diagnose and remedy any issue pertaining to yours.

If the brake pads need to be replaced, we’ll use genuine OEM parts for the job. We’ll also make sure to use pads that are designed for your vehicle and can help keep you safe for a long time.

Schedule Brake Service Today

The team at MINI of Annapolis is here to make sure your brakes are in top form for your travels around Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores.

So, if you continue to hear squeaking from the brakes of your MINI Cooper, let us help! Schedule service today, and we’ll have you back on the road again before you know it.

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