Brakes are one of a car’s most critical safety features. Without brakes, a car would not be able to brake efficiently and this could lead to accidents. The most important thing is to make sure that your car’s brakes are in good condition and that you know how to use them correctly.
If you’ve been driving your car for a while and you’ve started to notice a clicking sound every time you press the brake pedal, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is actually a pretty common problem and there are usually a number of reasons why this could happen. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what causes the sound and how to fix it.
What are the main causes of a clicking sound when braking?
1) Something lodged in the rotors
The clicking noise you are hearing is most likely due to a small stone or piece of debris that has become lodged in the brake rotor. This problem can present itself in many different ways (squeaking or scraping sound is also common)
This can happen if you drive over a pothole or hit a curb too hard. The good news is that this is an easy problem to fix and shouldn’t require a trip to the mechanic.
How to fix in this case
To remove rocks or debris, simply apply pressure to the brake pedal while gently moving the steering wheel back and forth. This will cause the rotor to move slightly and hopefully dislodge the rock. If that doesn’t work, you may need to remove the wheel and use pliers or fine tip tweezers to remove the debris.
After removing the stone, clean the area around the rotor with a rag to remove any debris that could prevent the brake pads from making proper contact. Be sure to check your other brakes for rocks or debris as well. If you find any, repeat the process until all brakes are released.
2) Problems with pads or calipers
If you still hear a clicking noise after doing all this, it’s possible that there is a problem with the brake pads or calipers.
One of the most common reasons for a clicking sound when pressing the brake pedal in a car is pads and calipers that are not properly lubricated. When the pads and calipers are not properly lubricated, they can cause a lot of friction and heat buildup, which can lead to wear on the brake pads and cause a clicking sound when pressed.
Another common problem that can cause a clicking sound when pressing the brake pedal is worn or damaged brake pads. If the brake pads are worn or damaged, they can begin to make a clicking sound as they press against the rotors. This can be caused by many different things, such as driving too aggressively or not holding your brakes properly.
How to fix in this case
If you are having problems with your brakes clicking, it is important to have them inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Brakes are one of your car’s most important safety features, and if they’re not working properly, they can be very dangerous. If you think there might be a problem with your brakes, don’t hesitate to take your car to a mechanic or dealership for an inspection. By catching the problem early, you can avoid serious accidents or damage to your car.
3) Loose components and other less likely causes
There are a number of other less likely but possible causes – these include
- Loose brake pads
- Loose/broken pad anti-rattle springs
- Caliper cylinders retracting unevenly
- Pinch sliders are not repositioned correctly
- Bent brake disc (slightly bent you won’t feel it in the pedal; too much bent and you’ll feel the pedal vibrate)
What should you do if you notice a decrease in braking performance?
If you notice a decrease in braking performance, the first thing to do is check the possible issues I mentioned above. If it’s not a problem that you can diagnose and fix yourself, then you should have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic to make sure nothing else is going on. Don’t wait until it’s too late to check your brakes – if they aren’t working properly it can be dangerous! So if you notice any decrease in braking performance, don’t hesitate to have it professionally checked.
It is generally recommended that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year. However, if you notice strange noises or vibrations from your brakes, it’s best to get your car checked up as soon as possible. Ignoring these warning signs could lead to more serious and costly problems down the road.