Should you be worried about brake noises?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 at 11:22 am
Mechanic hands touching brake rotors with car on lift

Why are my VW brakes squealing?

Do you know what the best noise is when you drive your car? Silence. Not the kind that comes when your vehicle won’t start, but the relative quiet of a smoothly running machine. Nothing should be rumbling, squealing, clunking or grinding. Naturally, when you hear these unusual noises you begin to wonder if something is wrong. A common noise you might hear in your VW is a squealing noise when you brake. What causes this, and should you be worried.

Brake squealing usually stops when you drive

Squealing brakes is a very common problem and is usually nothing to worry about. When your brakesRed brake caliper on 2018 VW Golf GTI wheel get wet or you haven’t driven your car for a while, rust forms. The squealing noise is caused by friction. Once you’ve used them for a bit, the rust should wear off and the squealing will stop.

Now, we know you’re not happy to hear that your brakes might form rust, but this naturally happens when it is very cold or wet. For those who don’t drive often, it’s important to note that it’s not good for your vehicle to sit, unused. Brake wear is one of the more minor issues.

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Though rusty brakes are the most common cause of brake squeal, there are a few other causes. If your brakes aren’t installed correctly, you could experience some rattling that will cause a squeal. Many brake pads also have built-in clips that are meant to cause a squeal when the pads are worn too thin, so you know it’s time to change them before they wear down too far and will no longer effectively stop your vehicle. In some instances, the steel backing of the pad can grind into your rotor and damage it, so this wear indicator actually saves you money.

If you’re unsure why your brakes are squealing, come pay us a visit and we’ll diagnose the issue for you. Until then, be sure to check back here at the Karen Radley Volkswagen Blog for more on all things VW.