My car has recently started making a squealing noise while driving that actually goes away when I apply the brakes. What could be wrong?

Most likely your brake pads are worn enough to allow their "wear indicators" or "sensor" to touch the disc brake rotor. When this occurs the "sensor" emits that high pitch noise designed to warn you that your brakes need immediate attention. Have them checked promptly by a certified brake system specialist and have the brakes serviced before expensive damage or loss of brakes occurs.

My brakes have started to squeak when I apply the brakes, could there be a problem?

Yes and No. Some brake noise is normal and unavoidable. Demanding driving conditions such as traffic congestion, severe braking, dusty/sandy conditions, abusive braking and even humidity can cause unwanted brake noise. These conditions promote "glazing (surface hardening)" or "crystallization," which is a hardening of the brake pad/shoe surface or the entire brake pad. The lesser of the two, "surface hardening," can usually be sanded off with common sandpaper. The more problematic condition, "entire pad crystallization," would require pad replacement to eliminate the noise. However, the cause of the hardening, if not corrected, would simply re-crystallize the pads. A simple pad... Read More

Sometimes my brakes make a grinding or groaning noise that only happens at very low speed stops. Are my brakes going bad?

Only a complete brake system inspection can give you the truth, however the particular noise you are describing is generally considered normal, particularly on vehicles with semi-metallic pads or most front wheel drive cars. The noise is simply a vibration that can be more felt than heard coming from the front disc pads because on slower stops you don't have the brakes applied fully which allows them to vibrate against the rotor surface. Usually no service is required as the noise is unavoidable, however if the noise is constant and occurs at almost every stop, the brake system should get... Read More

Recently, my car has become increasingly harder to stop and the brake pedal seems to travel down a lot farther than it used to. What could be wrong?

The problem could range from a simple adjustment, air in the brake system or the most severe; total brake failure. Having a professional perform the necessary bleed, adjustments and inspection to determine the exact nature of the problem would be advised. New brake fluid is more clear than my old brake fluid. Is the fluid going bad or is it normal?Both. Brake fluid is the most overlooked component in the braking system of vehicles and it is one of the most important components in that system. Brake fluid is formulated to tolerate moisture absorption, control rubber expansion and corrosion, and... Read More

When Should I Have My Brake Pads Changed?

Above all else, remember this: It's dangerous to wait too long to change your brake pads. As the brakes are applied repeatedly over thousands of miles, the brake pads gradually wear down, reducing their ability to stop the car.But how do you know when it's time to change your brake pads? Luckily, it's not difficult to determine when your vehicle is ready for some brake work. Disc brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator.A wear indicator is a small piece of metal attached to the brake pad that contacts the brake rotor when the pad material has been... Read More