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Why are My Brakes Shaking or Squeaking?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors

You’re driving along one of our Birmingham Area streets and come up to a red light. You step on the brakes in plenty of time to stop, but you hear a squeal, or your car starts shaking? What could be the cause? There are only a few things it could be, and our service center would be happy to help you find the issue and get it fixed. If you’re wondering, “Why are my brakes shaking and squealing?”— find out below.

 

 

Why are My Brakes Shaking or Squeaking? The Causes

You should see the worried look on a customer’s face when he or she asks us, “Why are my brakes shaking and squealing?” It is gratifying to be able to give them a definitive answer, fix the issue quickly, and get them back on our Bessemer roads. Here are the things we look at:

  • Brake Pads – Most cars today have brakes with pads. The pads are designed to cause a squeal when they wear down and need to be replaced.
  • Brake Rotors – Sometimes that shaking that you’re feeling is the result of a worn brake rotor that needs to be replaced.
  • Brake Shoes – Do you have an older vehicle? Then its brakes may be equipped with shoes instead of pads and rotors. Shoes also wear out and eventually need to be replaced.
  • Brake Drums – Brake drums are another brake component that can get worn and need to be replaced.
  • Tires – The problem may not be your brakes, at all. It could be that one or more of your tires is either not aligned correctly or is reaching the end of its life.
  • Wheel Bearings – Wheel bearings can be another culprit. They can get dirt and grit in them or just wear out.
  • Suspension components – Worn shocks, struts, and other parts of your car’s suspension could be the cause of the issue.

Trust Your Car to the Pros at Carlock Honda of Birmingham

If your brakes are shaking or squealing, get them looked at right away. Did you know that you can schedule an appointment with us online? We’ll figure out the issue and get you back on the road in no time. We’re just down the road from Mountain Brook, so drop by or contact us today.

 

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