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Why Are My Brakes Shaking/Squeaking?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


If you begin experiencing shaking or squealing whenever you hit the brakes, we recommend seeing a certified technician to help you answer “why are my brakes shaking/squealing?” It’s important to address these issues immediately, as your brakes keep both you and others safe on the Oakland roads. Brake issues could be narrowed down to either brake pads, rotors, or issues with suspension. Learn more about how to diagnose the problem with the experts at San Francisco Honda. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

Possibility 1: Warped Rotors

When you hit the brakes, your brake pads and rotors work together to stop your vehicle. If begin experiencing any type of squeaking or shaking when you hit the brake, pedal, your rotors may be warped. Over time, rotors become thin and more susceptible to wear and tear, especially warping, which could cause the shaking. 

Another sign that your brake rotors might be warped is if the brake pedal shakes. This is caused by your brake pads slipping when trying to slow down on the Daly City roads.

Possibility 2: Worn Brake Pads

Your brake pads can also wear down over time, and could become warped. This could cause a squeaking sensation when hitting the brakes, and the pedal may vibrate. The good news is that brake pads are both easy and affordable to replace.

Possibility 3: Issues With Suspension and Alignment 

When trying to answer the question, “why are my brakes shaking/squeaking?”, it’s important to take your suspension into consideration. Similar to other parts of your vehicle, critical suspension components can begin to wear down and fail over time. Some of these components include wheel bearings, ball joints, and tie rods. You’ll feel this the most on the Colma streets when turning a corner, as your vehicle could vibrate or shake. 

Learn More About Shaking/Squeaking When Braking at San Francisco Honda!

Now that we’ve answered the question “why are my brakes shaking/squeaking?, come stop by and visit the service center at San Francisco Honda, where our technicians will diagnose and repair your brakes, and get you back on the road. For added convenience, you can even schedule an appointment online. Be sure to also take advantage of our service specials to save on your next maintenance in San Francisco!

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