If your brakes are squealing, is this a sign of a significant repair? Or is this a somewhat low cost issue that can be fixed quickly, one that will have you back on the road in no time? To answer that question, let's take a look at something you already know a good deal about ... the weather in Sherman, Texas.
How the Weather in Sherman, Texas Affects Your Brakes
First off, unless you've only been living here a short time, you know that it can get very hot. Another common Sherman, Texas weather problem here is humidity. The air can become so humid that you feel like you are wearing a layer of water next to your skin. As it turns out, that second weather factor could be causing brake problems.
If your brakes squeal when you first start driving your car in the morning, and then they stop, that is actually good news. Your rotors can naturally build up rust, even a very fine layer which is difficult to see with the naked eye. When you first begin driving for the day, especially after snow or rainfall, your rotors may have collected moisture, dirt and rust during the night.
The squeaking, squealing sound you are hearing is your brake pads scraping off that debris. This is also a situation that can arise from constant high humidity. If your brakes are squealing when you first get rolling in the morning, try this.
Drive as you normally would, as long as you feel sufficient brake pressure. After a few applications of your brakes, does the squealing go away? If it does, you probably have no worries. However, if the embarrassing and frustrating squealing of your brakes continues, and you are drawing the unwanted attention of your fellow drivers, you have a problem.
How Your Brakes Tell You There Is a Problem
Brakes often have built-in wear indicators that squeal for a reason. This is a notification that it's time for new brake pads. As pads wear down and get slimmer and thinner, there is a metal tab which contacts your rotor. This works just like a needle on a 33 1/3 record (okay, if you are younger than 30, you may have no frame of reference here). It is a built-in warning that it's time for new brake pads.
Other brake pad replacement indicators work only when you actually apply your brakes. Either way, if the noise is ongoing, it's time for a brake job. A simple break inspection can reveal whether you only need an adjustment or lubrication, or new parts.
Let the problem go too long and your pads can actually warp your rotors. This means a more expensive replacement. However, bring your squealing brakes in for an inspection at the first sign of trouble, and your repair can be quick and budget-friendly.
Since there are a lot of possible issues which lead to squealing brakes, the smartest move is to schedule a break inspection as soon as you hear that telltale squealing noise. We promise fast and friendly service, and if you get your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal. We are your local brake shop, call us at (903) 631-0500.