Squeaking Brakes: What Should You Do?

If you’re driving with squeaking brakes, every stop sign in Santa Fe, stop light in White Rock, and traffic jam in La Cienega will remind you. What should you do to keep your brakes quiet? The fastest way to remedy the problem is to schedule a service appointment as soon as you can.

A routine brake pad replacement may be all you need. But, if you neglect getting your car one-on-one time with a professional, squeaking brakes can become a bigger problem. To help you nip this issue in the bud, the service team at Land Rover Santa Fe put together the following post.

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Squeaking brakes are often directly correlated with the need for a brake pad replacement. Hearing squeaking when you put your foot on the brake pedal is actually a function that’s built into every brake pad in the form of a small metal indicator piece.

When pads wear down to a thin layer, the metal piece becomes exposed, creating a, (you guessed it) squeaking sound when it’s pushed up against the brake rotors. If the squeaking you hear transitions to grinding when you apply pressure to the brake pedal, your rotors are starting to take damage. Schedule service ASAP.

Other Signs Your Brakes Need Attention

Your brakes have a variety of ways of communicating with you about their performance. If you experience any of the following symptoms, getting a getting brake repair from an experienced technician is advised:

  • Increased Stopping Distance: If you notice that it takes longer for your car to stop with the same level of pressure applied to your brake pedal.
  • Appearance of your Brake Warning Light: Seeing the word “brake” appear in red on your dashboard. This could point to issues with your braking system, including low brake fluid, which could be indicative of a leak.
  • Shaking Brake Pedal or Steering Wheel: Feeling a trembling sensation in your steering wheel or the brake pedal itself.

Schedule Brake Service: Santa Fe NM

When it comes down to it, following the brake related services laid out in your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your brakes healthy.

We hope this post gave you a little more background on what your brakes are trying to tell you and how to better care for your vehicle. If you’re dealing with squeaking brakes or suspect an issue with your car, don’t wait to get it the service it needs!

The Land Rover Santa Fe service center is on standby for all of your maintenance needs. Whether that’s new brake pads or a more in-depth repair, our highly skilled technicians know your brakes like the backs of their hands.

They’ll take care to diagnose the issue, provide their professional opinion, and perform the repair quickly thanks to advanced equipment. That way you can get back to exploring Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega in no time. Make your appointment with us today!