Why Do My European Automobile’s Brakes Squeal Constantly?

There is no need to panic if your brakes are squealing every time you use them. We can help here at East Coast EuroWerks. We are European automobile service and repair experts and this includes working on all types of brake systems. There are reasons why brakes squeal all the time. We are going to list these reasons below for your information.

The Anti-Rattle Clips Have Broken

Your brake system has clips that are designed to prevent the brake pads and the pad stays from rattling when you use the brakes. These are naturally called anti-rattle clips. These attach the pads and stays to the calipers. If the clips break, when you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pads and pad stays will vibrate. This motion will make your brakes squeal every time you use them.

The Brake Pad Surfaces Are Too Low

Constant squealing is also a sign that your brake pad surfaces are too low. Your European automobile’s brake pads need to be changed once the surface reaches 1/4-inch. If it’s been at least 30,000 miles since you had your brake pads changed, it’s possible that the constant squealing is being caused by an indicator that is designed to let you know that you need to replace the brake pads.

The Brakes Are Overheating

Another reason why brakes squeal all the time is that they are overheating. If you also smell hot odors when the brakes are squealing, we want to alert you that you could lose your ability to slow down and stop your European automobile. The brake pads and rotors press together to generate friction. When they are too hot, their surfaces smooth out and they cannot generate friction.

The Brake Pad Insulation Wasn’t Replaced

If you just had your brake pads replaced and they started squealing after the service, it’s possible that the brake pad insulation was not replaced, as well. This insulation prevents the brake pads from squealing when you apply the brakes. It is installed during the factory assembly of your automobile, and it needs to be replaced every time you replace the brake pads.

The Rotors Need to Be Recut

Finally, the rotor surfaces are cut to help the rotors create the friction we talked about above. After years of rubbing against the brake pads, the rotor surfaces smooth out. Consequently, your brakes may be squealing all the time because your rotor surfaces are smooth. You need to have the surfaces recut, which is a service that is normally done every 60,000 miles.

Stop by East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, today if your European automobile’s brakes are squealing every time you use them. We can help.

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