Car Noises When Braking

Hearing a weird sound coming from your brakes is a sign to get your brakes checked out as soon as possible. In fact, it is best to get in the habit of inspecting your vehicle’s brakes every 10,000 miles. When it comes to brakes, it’s a safety issue and requires attention.

1. Clunking noises can be caused by:

  • Brake hardware is damaged or missing.
  • Disc brake caliper is not mounted properly.
  • Worn steering system components.

The repair your vehicle may need: A brake caliper may need to be fixed or replaced, or you may need to repair or replace other hardware that is damaged, missing or improperly mounted.

2. Squealing noise when brakes are applied can be the result of:

  • Brake pads and/or shoes are worn.
  • Brake pads were overheated and are now glazed.
  • Dirt on the brake rotors, drums, pads, and/or shoes.
  • Disc brake calipers were mounted incorrectly or have come loose.
  • Wear indicator on the pads are contacting the rotor.
The repair your vehicle may need: A screeching noise when applying the brakes is an indication that your brake pads need to be replaced. Get new brake pads, rotor resurfacing or replacement.

3. Scraping from the rear of the car that is heard when braking can be caused by:

  • Brake drum is out-of-round or distorted.
  • Brake shoes are severely worn.
  • Brakes are not applying evenly.

The repair your vehicle may need: Look into new brake pads, calipers and rotors.