How-To Tuesday: Squeaky Brakes
Brake sounds are something that some people have a tendency to over-analyse. If you’ve never owned a car that made a noise that you weren’t sure about, well it’s likely you bought it brand new and never drove it. Unknown sounds are common from time to time, no matter the brand or make of a vehicle. Just because you hear a squeak from your brakes, it doesn’t mean you have an immediate problem.
Squeaky brakes are going to happen. In fact, they are designed to make that sound… eventually. That said, not every squeak coming from the brakes is legitimate. There are a few tests that you can do to start working through the unknown issues at hand. The first thing you need to do is check out today’s How-To Tuesday article. Assuming that you have a brake problem, going after that issue before you’ve figured out the real problem can lead to unnecessary repairs and potentially time spent chasing non-issues.
Take the time to read through the article. Trouble shooting your car and the sounds coming from the wheels can save you time and money in the long run. Of course, you could go through all of the mentioned steps and find that you do need to replace your brake pads or rotors. In that case then it’s time well spent. You could argue that the brakes are the most important feature on any vehicle, not just the Corvette. Stopping on time the first time just makes sense.
Have you had an issue that you tracked down and you were surprised to find a solution you were not expecting? Have your brakes or rotors needed replacement? What keys to success can you offer us to help make better decisions on brakes?