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Are you wondering why your brakes are making a strange noise when you turn the wheel? These problems may be related to worn brake pads or rotors, unlubricated calipers, or a low power steering fluid. Here are some possible causes of brake noises. If your noise is due to the brake system, you should check these things first. Ultimately, it’s better to have your vehicle checked than to wait until it breaks down.
Worn out brake pads
When you hear your car making noises while you’re driving, the chances are that the brake pads on your vehicle are worn out. The noise might be minor, but it could indicate a much bigger problem. If you notice brake noises while turning, you should get your car checked out by a professional. There are several reasons why your brakes might be making noises, and the first one is because your brake pads are worn out.
To check the thickness of your brake pads, take a look through the wheel. If they are thin, it is time to change them. Look for a wear indicator in the middle of the pad. When this slot is barely visible, it’s time to replace the pads. Some calipers have this built-in, so you’ll know if your brake pads need replacement before they become completely worn out.
If you notice the braking system making noise while turning, this is a sign of warped rotors. Warped rotors cause your brakes to make noise, even at a low pedal pressure. The brake pedal will also begin to shake or vibrate. If the warped rotors are on the front, you’ll experience even more intense vibrations.
If you hear these sounds, you should take your vehicle in for an inspection. If you find warped rotors, the brakes can be repaired or replaced. Regardless of the cause of the noise, it’s important to get them checked out before they cause any trouble. The problem with warped rotors is that the friction they cause will start to wear out the rotors. If you drive around with warped rotors, you’ll have trouble stopping your car. You could end up rear-ending a car in front of you, and a lot of other dangers.
To fix warped rotors, first check the rotor’s thickness. They should be within the legal minimum thickness specification. Then, turn the rotors using a lathe. Once they’re within specification, they’re sanded to a smooth surface for the brake pads to grip. Rotors are sometimes turned during the reconditioning process, which takes away preconditioned surfaces and reduces heat absorption.
Unlubricated calipers will make a noise when turning, and this may be caused by improper installation. If the noise persists, it’s likely that the caliper pistons are not properly lubricated, or the caliper shims are worn out. In any case, removing the caliper assembly and cleaning the caliper pistons and caliper seals is an easy way to fix the noise.
Another common cause of brake noise is debris stuck in the brake system. This may be a piece of gravel or rock that has become lodged between the rotor and caliper. It will cause grinding, scraping, and vibration noises. If the noises continue even when you don’t apply pressure to the brake pedal, then the rotor is likely damaged and will need to be replaced or resurfaced.
If the caliper is unlubricated, the piston will make a popping or clicking noise. This is the result of friction from the brake pads being worn out. The friction caused by the pads and caliper piston will eventually cause the brake caliper to stick. A sticky caliper can also lead to brake pedal sticking. However, if the piston is not damaged, the noise is due to rust buildup, which can make the caliper stick.
Low power steering fluid
If you have brakes that are making noise when turning, you may have low power steering fluid. This is a sign that you need to add fluid to your power steering system. The fluid in this system is similar to engine oil, so make sure it has enough to function. A leak in the power steering system is usually the only cause. Check your reservoir to see what’s inside. If the fluid is a dark brown color, it may be time for a service.
Another symptom of low power steering fluid is a leak in the hose. You can easily check for a leak in the hose by pulling the steering wheel. Replacing the fluid will only provide a temporary fix. Getting your car checked by a mechanic is the best option to avoid further complications. Make sure to check the fluid level regularly, and don’t drive your car without getting a professional to check it.