Are your brakes making an annoying squeal every time your car is going in reverse? Squeaky brakes can be a huge nuisance for any driver and they are a problem that many people struggle to deal with. If you don’t have much in-depth car knowledge and your brakes squeal in reverse, then you may want to read these tips for fixing this embarrassing problem.
The first thing to realize is that some amount of noise when braking is normal and unavoidable because your brake pads wear over time, though the severity depends on the make and model of the car. Certain driving conditions, such as stop and go traffic and dusty, sandy, or humid areas can make your break pads worsen faster. Abusive braking practices can also contribute to hardening on the surface of your brake pads, which causes them to squeak when applied. Depending on how far this hardening process has gone, you may be able to sand the surface smooth with sand paper. Otherwise, you will need to get your brake pads replaced. It is also possible that there is a faulty part in the brake system other than the pads that needs to be tuned.
There are many spray chemicals sold as brake lubricants that can address the squeaking problem, but unless you are an auto expert, you should use caution putting anything on your brake pads. There is a good chance of messing up and doing even more damage. There are a couple things that you can try yourself, including performing a series of backing up and braking maneuvers. To do this, you just need to find an empty lot or stretch of road and drive in reverse while repeatedly hitting the brakes hard. This can sometimes remove the hardened surface glazing that is causing your brakes to squeak. Even if this method works, it is important to remember that this is not a long term solution. The driving conditions that caused the surface hardening will eventually cause the squeaking to return unless they are changed. You can try to use a gentler and more even braking motion in order to preserve your pad’s condition.
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