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Causes of Squeaky Brakes and How to Avoid Expensive Repairs

The brake system of any vehicle is an essential safety system and it’s scary when you hear squeaky noises. However, some sounds are usual since they come as a result of driving conditions like dusty trails, sandy roads, sudden braking and also humidity. Breaks are indispensable components for a vehicle. Do not ignore when you hear such noise for safety purposes.

Worn out Brake Pads

brake padsThe pads make a squeaking noise when they become extremely thin after a period of time. They are assembled by attaching metal tabs and  pushing on clips to the pad’s backing.

The metal-on-metal sound is created when the pads get worn out since they hit the rotor. To stop this annoying noise, you will need to change the pads

Stuck Brake Calipers

The brake cannot be fully applied if the calipers get stuck, causing the pad not to break its contact with the rotor.This produces excessive heat and friction which forms crystallization on both the pads and rotors. This causes less friction than necessary since the surface is hardened, robbing the braking power and creating squeaky sounds. To solve the issue, you will need to replace the rotors and pads.

Rusty Rotor

Brake rotors that have gotten rusty will lead to squeaking brakes. Moisture, condensation, and dew gather when the car is parked, creating a rusty layer on the rotor’s surface. When you drive around, the pads scrape that rust off the rotors and get stuck onto them. With time, the rust particles get embedded, causing squeaky brakes. To avoid this from happening, keep your car under controlled climate garage.

Worn out Insulation Shims

Brake pads contain insulation shims against their steel backing which separate the caliper and the pad from producing annoying sounds. However, with time they get used up and can’t do their work so silicone gel or shims replacement will reduce the noises.

Dry Brake Drum

brake drumWhen the backing plate and shoe come in contact, a squeaking sound will be hard if they are dry. If these spots don’t get lubricated, rust forms on the metal parts.

The shoes will scrape against the plate when you push the brakes, resulting to rhythmic squeaking sound. Lubricating the contact points is the solution, and you will be required to replace if the parts are worn out.

Clips

They keep pads secure and do not allow them to create the vibration when the brakes are applied. When they are used up or broken, the brakes create squealing noises as a result of excessive pad vibration. Replacement is the solution to such cases.…

a man locked keys inside a car

Easy Ways to Unlock Your Car Without a Key During an Emergency

Locking keys in a car isn’t something strange nor you can predict when it will happen. In most cases when it happens, you will go for a spare key or call for a tow truck or get roadside assistance. Circumstances won’t be the same if you lock the keys inside and you have an emergency like rushing someone to the hospital or the baby is inside the locked car and it’s a warm day. If there is an emergency, you should know how to open the car without a key with these ways.

Pass Through the Trunk

car bootIn most cases, manual locks for many cars lock the doors but the truck remains open. If you are lucky, you can open it by pushing the rear seats forward to create space for passage. Then once inside the car, you can manually unlock the doors.

Unlock with a Slim Jim

It’s a thin strip metal strip used for unlocking car doors. You need to practice to open doors with this tool. If not handled carefully, you can tear the door’s wires from the inside and the weather stripping. The passage door will be a better option since it got fewer wires compared to the driver’s. Slowly push it through the weather stripping and use its hook-like end to grab the locking mechanism located under the locking pin. Pull to disengage the lock once the hook grips firmly on the lock.

Use a Wedge Tool for Automatic Locks

auto lockThere is an effective way to unlock the doors with automatic locks if you don’t have the keys. With the use of a wedge tool, carefully create a space between the door and the body of the car.

Usually, the auto lock for most cars is on the driver’s armrest; merely pressing it with the thin metal rod can activate it.

 

Unlock a Manual Lock with a Locksmith Wedge

You will be required to pick the right one that can handle the job since they are made of plastic, metal and vinyl. Carefully use it to create space by pulling the car door. Get a long thin metal to help you reach and pull the locked door pin. A clothes hanger will be of help as you can use it to grab the locking pin and pull. However, with the use of this tool you need to be careful to avoid damaging the doors weather stripping.…