You are driving along minding your own business and you approach a red light. Naturally you push the brake pedal to slow down the car – only to hear a squealing noise coming from the brakes. Your stomach turns and you start thinking “I must need new brakes! How much is this going to cost me?”

Although the initial reaction could be right, and you might need new brake pads or rotors – however often there is a less expensive and easier solution to the brake squeal problem. Sometimes what’s causing the squeal is not necessarily needing new brakes, but your brakes just requiring a cleaning and adjustment.

Preventive maintenance is the key to keep your car or truck on the road for a long time, and part of that process is maintaining your brakes – yes brakes need maintenance. Your braking system is compromised of different metal moving parts that endure varied operating conditions, with extreme heat and dust in the summer, and salt, moisture and freezing temperatures during the winter months.

Because of these conditions, the lubrication on the brakes can eventually wear off. This results in difficulty for the moving parts in your brake system to function. Additionally because the brakes are all metal components, with the salt on the roads and extreme temperatures, corrosion develops on the brake parts.

If your vehicle’s brakes do not receive a regular cleaning and adjustment, it’s a disservice to the vehicle and your wallet. The brakes will require replacement much quicker, which can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the vehicle. However for a couple of hundred dollars every two years, have your service facility perform a brake service. It will avoid annoying brake squeals, save you money, and more importantly keep you and your family safe.

Do you need new brakes? Are you hearing a brake squeal? WeeL can help. Email us at or call 1 (888) 657-3296.

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