Watch For These Common Autumn Brake Problems

Not everyone experiences harsh winter weather, but drivers who do intimately know how easily snow and water gets into your brake pads, and the damage it can do.

Problems start when the temperature drops below freezing. Snow caked in your wheel wells can make grinding and squealing noises, according to Wagner, a manufacturer of brake parts.

Wagner says accumulated moisture can create a superficial layer of rust on brake pads. Brakes that grind, squeal or thump require expert inspection as soon as possible, the company said.

Brake manufacturers and driving safety experts offer the following advice about what to ask for during your autumn  brake inspection:

  • Wear and tear. Have your mechanic look worn or scratched brake disc.
  • Mileage. Stop-and-go city wears out brake pads faster than freeway driving.
  • Quality parts. Use replacement brake pads that meet or exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations. 
  • Brake discs. Extremely worn brakes can scratch or gouge the disc and reduce braking effectiveness.