You're approaching a stop. You move your foot from the accelerator to the brakes, and you hear it: the familiar sound of squeaky brakes. Even Edgar Allan Poe couldn't have imagined a noise quite so heart-poundingly perturbing.   

So, what's at the root of those tell-tale brakes? We want to help Savannah, Pooler, and Hinesville drivers investigate the problem. Our team at Peacock Hyundai Savannah will walk you through common causes of squeaking brakes and their solutions. Fear not: You won't have to tear up the floorboards (er, floorpan) to silence them!

Morning Squeak: We've All Had It

No one likes to wake up to morning squeak, but it's a fact of life! Not every squeak that comes from your car's brakes is cause for concern. If you leave your car outside during a rainy or dewy night, you've likely experienced this mystifying phenomenon.

What is morning squeak? When rain, dew, or other moisture collects on your rotors overnight, it can cause a thin layer of rust to materialize. The squeak you hear may just be the brake pads making contact with (and removing) that layer of rust.

If you have morning squeak, it should go away after a few applications of the brakes. If the squeak persists, you may have one of these other problems.

Brake Pad Wear Indicator

This is another case in which squeaky brakes aren't a cause for alarm. Rather, it's a built-in warning sign that it's time to change your brake pads. Many pads are built with a steel clip, known as a wear indicator, near the base of the pad.

When the frictional material gets too low, the clip is exposed and rubs against the rotors when you brake. The result? A high-pitched squeaking sound that you'll hear from the driver's seat.

If you hear this noise, you can confirm visually. Peek through the spokes in your wheel, and you'll see the brake pads themselves. If they're less than a quarter-inch thick, it's time to change your brake pads.

Overheated Pads & Rotors

In the heat of the moment, passions can blaze-or, in this case, glaze-over. When you apply the brakes, it shouldn't surprise you that a tremendous amount of heat is generated. This is especially true if the brake pads stay partially applied long after you've driven away from the traffic light. 

When this happens, your brake pads and rotors can glaze over. The squeaky brakes you hear are the result of two hardened surfaces rubbing against each other. You'll need to have your brake pads replaced, your rotors resurfaced or replaced, and your calipers inspected.

Have Your Squeaky Brakes Fixed at Peacock Hyundai Savannah

We hope this guide has made you a bit more familiar with the causes of squealing brakes! If you hear the distinctive sound, you'll be better prepared to respond.

Need your brakes inspected or fixed? The technicians at Peacock Hyundai Savannah are here to help. Just set up an appointment at our service center. We'll make sure your brakes are working safely for the roads of Hinesville, Pooler, and Savannah!

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