Winter will be here before we know it, and with it comes a whole new set of auto repairs and driving challenges. Snow, ice, salt, and sand can affect all parts of your car, including your brakes. They might start making some unusual noises, but not all of them are bad. If you’re not sure how to tell the difference, don’t worry! We’re the brake experts here at Brakes on Demand, and we’ll help you tell the difference between normal noises and the noises you have to worry about.
Here are some common issues that make unusual noises come from your brakes.
The ABS Engages
If you’ve never been in a situation where your anti-lock brake system (ABS) engages, the sound and feel might surprise you. You’ll feel some pulsing through the brake pedal and you will hear grinding or buzzing noises. If that happens, it’s okay! Your car’s ABS is supposed to make those noises. Don’t take your foot off the brake, and your car will safely come to a stop on the icy or slippery road.
Ice on the Brakes
As you drive around in the winter, water can easily get into your brake pads and rotors. There’s really nothing you can do about that, and for the most part, it’s not a problem. But if the temperature is below freezing and your car sits for a while the water in your brakes can freeze. If you park outside overnight, for example. When you start up your car again, the ice can make your brakes grind and squeal. As the ice melts, the noises will go away. But if they don’t, call Brakes on Demand for a mobile service!
Rust on the Rotors
When metal gets wet, it oxidizes, leaving a layer of rust. If you park outside, that layer of rust can build up overnight. Driving around and using your brakes will usually wear the rust off. The best way to keep rust from building up on your rotors is to park in a dry place like a garage. But we know that’s not an option for everyone, so keep an eye on your rotors and call Brakes on Demand if the rotors need to be replaced or serviced.