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Oh, the noise can drive you crazy! If you’re one of the unfortunate drivers who hears a high-pitched squeak every time you hit the brakes, you don’t have to ask, “What noise?” You know! When your brakes are making noise, they may get so loud you suffer the stares of other drivers when you stop at a light. (How embarrassing!)
Clearly something is wrong, and it may be more than just an annoyance. The brakes are your car’s most important safety feature, so when they make noise, a sound course of action is to have your vehicle checked by a trained Jiffy Lube® technician. While it’s usually recommended that brakes be inspected every 12 months or 12,000 miles (see your owner’s manual for your car’s service schedule), you shouldn’t wait until your routine maintenance check to find out why brakes squeak when stopping.
To help you better understand, let’s look at the two most common braking systems and how they enable you to brake safely.
Each squeak or grind isn’t necessarily a big problem. Here are some troubleshooting tips that may help quiet things down until you can get to Jiffy Lube.
Check to see if you picked up sticks, leaves or pebbles along the way. If so, clean the rotor surface and brake pad.
Is there rust on the rotors? That’s not unusual if you park outdoors overnight. Typically, as you drive throughout the day, the rust will be scraped off by the brake pads and the squeak will stop.
Even if you think you fixed the problem, consider having your brakes checked by a professional. After all, the braking system is essential to your safety — and the safety of everyone you meet on the road! So why not bring your car to Jiffy Lube? With 2,000+ locations nationwide, there’s sure to be a service center nearby.
Here’s what you can expect when you bring your car, truck, SUV, or minivan to Jiffy Lube for brake service:
Choose the right brake pads and you may never have to ask, “Why are my brakes squeaking?” When the pads are designed specifically for your vehicle, you may avoid having large metal flakes embedded in the brake pad material. When those flakes move across the rotors, the result may be that telltale squeak. When the time comes for new pads, come to Jiffy Lube. The technicians will carefully replace your worn pads with new ones in accordance with manufacturer specifications for your vehicle.
Remember, if you hear squealing or squeaking brakes, it’s a good idea to have them checked promptly. Your timely response will not only help keep you safe, but it could also save you money. You may be able to remedy a comparatively minor problem before it becomes a costly, time-consuming repair.
Jiffy Lube technicians are trained in preventive maintenance. They consistently install parts which meet or exceed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations.
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Please note: Not all services are offered at each Jiffy Lube location. Please check with your local Jiffy Lube service center or visit jiffylube.com for specific services offered.