There aren’t too many things that are more embarrassing than pulling up to a car meet, school, hot date or really anywhere with your brakes squealing. It literally screams, ” I don’t take care of my car,” or, “don’t come with me if you want to live.”
Luckily, unlike most embarrassments, like a huge pimple on your forehead, squealing brakes can be remedied pretty easily. In this video posted by YouTuber ChrisFix, we see the five most common reasons for brake squeal and how to fix it.
To fix any issue, you first need to understand it. Brakes make noise because they vibrate or because something is coming into physical contact with a brake part. The most common reason for brake noise are brakes that simply just need to be replaced. Chris shows us some pretty extreme versions of this with a brake pad and rotor that is on the brink of total self annihilation.
He mentions proper lubrication, the need to replace hardware, how to clean brakes, rust and potential backing plate issues. Pay attention to this video and you will be back to pulling up in style in no time. Unless you drive a Yugo, then there’s basically nothing you can do — like, at all.