Why Are My Brakes Shaking and Squeaking?

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If you’ve been driving around the greater Los Angeles area and noticed that your car is jolting and emitting a squeaking noise when you try to slow down, you might be wondering: “Why are my brakes shaking/squeaking when braking?” There are numerous reasons for this mechanical malfunction, and it’s important to understand the symptoms of brake damage so you can assess the severity of the problem, have it repaired, and safely get back on El Monte-area roads. Find out more about why your brakes are shaking/squeaking with the service techs at Toyota of Whittier below.

Worn Brake Rotors

One of the most common reasons why West Covina drivers find themselves wondering, “Why are my brakes shaking and squeaking?”, is because of warped or damaged brake rotors. The brake rotors work in conjunction with the brake pads to stop your wheels from spinning. However, over time and extensive use, they will become thinner and more prone to damage. Brake rotors can also be damaged by the excessive heat produced by stopping, which can warp the rotors and cause your brake pedal to shake. We here at Toyota of Whittier recommend replacing your brake rotors every 75,000 miles or sooner depending on your driving habits. 

Misaligned Wheels

Wheel alignment can also be a plausible reason why your brakes are shaking and squeaking. If the wheels are not properly aligned your suspension and tires will eventually become especially vulnerable to damage. It’s a good idea to have your wheel alignments checked and your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. 

Damaged Axle

Have you checked your brake rotors and wheel alignment and found that they’re working properly, but are still continuing to have problems with your brakes trembling at traffic stops? Curious as to why your brakes are still shaking and squeaking? The only other factor that can contribute to brake shaking is if your steering or suspension systems are damaged.

In this case, you will feel your steering wheel shake when you drive and when you brake. A likely cause for this is that you’ve damaged your axle shaft. When you get your next routine tire rotation, make sure to have your steering and suspension systems checked as well. 

Find Dependable Toyota Service at Toyota of Whittier Today!

“Why are my brakes shaking and squeaking?” Your brake rotors, tire alignment, or suspension and steering components are all likely causes for your vehicle shaking when you are slowing down or stopping on Puente Hills-area roads. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or to get in touch with our Parts Department and get replacement parts for your malfunctioning car! The team here at Toyota of Whittier is standing by to help you keep your Toyota vehicle running smooth and safe.

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