This is one of the most common brake issues we see at our workshop. Fortunately, if you bring the vehicle in as soon as you hear the squeal, it's typically no big deal. That's because most modern brake pads are equipped with an indicator tab that will make a high-pitched squeal when the pads have worn out. The important thing here is to have the brake pads replaced as soon as you hear that squeal associated with hitting the brakes. Otherwise, the remaining pad material can wear completely away. That means the hydraulic clamp will be pressing the metal brake pad backing against the metal rotors, which often leads to more costly brake repair.
This is usually what you'll get once the brake pad material is worn away completely. When the brakes apply pressure and clamp the metal backing of the brake pad against the metal rotors, you're more likely to hear, and even feel, a grinding. In this scenario, you'll usually need to have the brake rotors replaced since the damage is often too deep for resurfacing.
If it feels like the whole vehicle is shaking like it was driving over a rough road each time you apply the brakes, it's likely that your brake rotors are warped or otherwise damaged. These are the large shiny discs you can usually see through your front wheels, and it's the part that the brake pads clamp to. If it's not perfectly smooth and straight, you're likely to experience problems. It may be that the whole vehicle shudders, or you may only feel it in the brake pedal. Either way, it's time to get the brakes repaired on your car.
If you're comfortable with a wrench and modern brake systems, getting your brakes repaired probably means clearing a Saturday, grabbing your OEM brake parts from an authorized parts department, and hope you didn't forget anything when you take the wheels off. However, we think there's an easier way. Whether your car just needs new brake pads, rotors, or something more substantial, swing through our service center at 28 Chroom Street, Ladine, Polokwane.